RICHARD M. GALE

 

Personal Data

           

Born: July 13, 1932 in New York City, NY

Military duty: served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force from July 16, 1954         

                        July 16, 1956  

Business experience: worked as a record promotion man for Sheldon Music, Inc.

                   from July 18, 1956 to September 4, 1957

Married Maya Mori on December 11, 1959: three children born January 30, 1961;

                        August 5, 1963; and July 4, 1965

 

Academic Degrees

 

            B.M., Ohio Wesleyan University, June 1954

            M. A., New York University, October 1958

            Ph.D., New York University, June 1961

 

Teaching Positions

 

            1958-1959 Part-time Instructor at New York University

            1959-1961 Part-time Instructor at Hunter College

            1961-1964 Instructor at Vassar College

            1964-1967 Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh

            1967-1971 Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh

                      1971-2003    Professor at the University of Pittsburgh

             2003-        Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh

             

 

Secondary Appointments

 

            Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

            Senior Fellow in the University of Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science

 

Grants and Fellowships

 

            Samuel S. Fells Foundation Fellowship for 1960-1961

            Shell Oil Co. Research Grant for summer of 1963

            Vassar College Class of 1959 Grants-in-Aid for summer of 1963

      American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant for purpose of attending the  

      XIIIth International Congress of Philosophy at Mexico City in 1963   

      National Science Foundation Grant No. 387 for 1964-1965 to do research on“The

      Logic of Time Language”

      Andrew Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh for 1966-7

Charles E. Merrill Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh for the 1968 spring term

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Books

 

  1. Editor of and contributor of five ten page introductions to The Philosophy of Time

(New York: Anchor Doubleday Books, 1967). Subsequent editions were brought out by Macmillan (London) and Humanities Press (New York).

  1. The Language of Time (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968)
  2. Negation and Non-being, American Philosophical Quarterly Monograph, No. 10, 1976

      4.   On the Nature and Existence of God (London: Cambridge University Press,    

            1991)

5.  The Divided Self of William James (London: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

  1. Coeditor with Alexander Pruss The Existence of God, International Research Library of Philosophy, Dartmouth Publishing Co., 2003.
  2. Editor of the Blackwell Companion to Metaphysics, June, 2002. The China Renmin University Press is going to bring out a Chinese edition.
  3. The Philosophy of William James: an Introduction (London: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
  4. God and Metaphysics (Amherst: Prometheus Press, 2007).
  5. On the Philosophy of Religion (Wadsworth, 2007).
  6. John Dewey’s Quest for Unity: The Journey of a Promethean Mystic (Amherst: Prometheus Press, 2008).

 

Essays

 

Abbreviation Code: A for Analysis; APQ for American Philosophical Quarterly; FP for Faith and Philosophy; ISP for Internal Studies in Philosophy;  JP for Journal of Philosophy; M for Monist; MS for Modern Schoolman; PQ for Philosophical Quarterly; PPR for Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; PS for Philosophical Studies; PR for Philosophical Review; RS for Religious Studies; RM for Review of Metaphysics; TPS for Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society.

 

1.      “Russell’s Drill Sergeant, Bricklayer and Dewey’s Logic,” JP, 1959.

2.      “Natural Law and Human Rights,” PPR, 1960.

3.      “Mysticism and Philosophy,” JP, 1960.

4.      “Endorsing Predictions,” PR, 1961.

5.      “Professor Ducasse on Determinism,” PPR, 1961.

6.      “Tensed Statements,” PQ, 1962.

7.      “Can a Prediction’ Become True’?” PS, 1962.

8.      “Dewey and the Problem of the Alleged Futurity of Yesterday,” PPR, 1962.

  9.      “A Reply to Smart, Mayo, and Thalberg on ‘Tensed Statements’,” PQ, 1963.

10.     “Some Metaphysical Statements about time,” JP, 1963.

11.     “Is It Now Now?” Mind, 1964.

12.     “A Reply on the ‘Alleged Futurity of Yesterday,” PPR, 1964.

13.    “The Egocentric Particular and Token-Reflexive Analyses of Tense,” PR, 1964.

14.     “On Believing What Isn’t the Case,” in the Proceedings of the XIIIth International  Congress of Philosophy.     

15.     “Ryle on Use, Usage, and Utility,” PS, 1964. Coauthored with Douglas McGee and Frank Tillman.

16.     “The Generality of Predictions,” JP, 1965.

17.     “Falsifying Retrodictions,” A, 1965.

18.     “Why a Cause Cannot Be Later than Its Effect,” RM, 1965. 

19.     “Existence, Tense, and Presupposition,” Mind, 1966.

20.     “McTaggart’s Analysis of Time,” APQ, 1966.

21.     “Pure and Impure Descriptions,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 1967.

22.     “Propositions, Judgments, Sentences, and Statements,” in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by P. Edwards, 1967.

23.     “Indexical Signs, Egocentric Particulars and Token-Reflexive Words,” in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, op. Cit., 1967.

24.     “’Here’ and ‘Now’,” M, 1969.

25.     “Hook’s Views on Metaphysics,” in Sidney Hook and the Contemporary World, edited by Paul Kurtz, 1969.

26.     “A Note on Personal Identity and Bodily Continuity,” A, 1969.

27.     “Do Performative Utterances Have any Constative Function?” JP, 1970.

28.     “Negative Statements,” APQ, 1970.

29.     “Strawson’s Restricted theory of Referring,” PQ, 1970.

30.     “Has the Present Any Duration?” Nous, 1971.

31.     “The Fictive Use of Language,” Philosophy, 1971.

32.     “On What There Isn’t,” RM, 1972.

33.     “O’Connor on the Identity of Indiscernibles,” PS, 1973.

34.     “Bergson’s Analysis of the Concept of Nothing,” MS, 1975.

35.     “Could Logical Space Be Empty?” in Essays on Wittgenstein in Honor of G. H. von Wright. Acta Philosophica Fennica, v. 28, Thos. 1-2.

36.     “A Reply to Oaklander,” PPR, 1978.

37.     “Wiggins’ Thesis (x),” PS, 1984.

38.     “William James and the Ethics of Belief,” APQ, 1985.

39.     “Omniscience-Immutability Arguments,” APQ, 1986.

40.     A Priori Arguments from God’s Abstractness,” Nous, 1986.

41.     “On Some Pernicious Thought-Experiments,” in Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, edited by G. Massey and T. Horowtiz. 1991.

42.     “Parfit’s Arguments Against Partially Relativized Theories of Rationality,” A, 1986.

43.     “Freedom Versus Unsurpassable Greatness,” International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, 1988.

44.     “Lewis’ Indexical Argument for World-Relative Actuality,” Dialogue, 1989.

45.     “Becoming,” in Handbook (Philosophia Verlag), 1989.

46.     “Freedom and the Free Will Defense,” Social Theory and Practice, 1990.

47.     “Pragmatism versus Mysticism: The Divided Self of William James,” in Philosophical Perspectives, v. 5, ed. James Tomberlin, 1991.

48.     “William James on Self-Identity Over Time,” MS, 1994.

49.     “A Reply to Paul Helm,” RS, 1993.

50.     “The Overall Argument of Alston’s Perceiving God,” RS, 1994.

51.     “Why Alston’s Mystical Doxastic Practice is Subjective,” PPR, 1994.

52.     “Swinburne’s Argument from Religious Experience,” in Reason and the Christian Religion, ed. by Alan Padgett, 1994.

53.   “John Mctaggart Ellis McTaggart,” in A Companion to Metaphysics, eds. J. Kim and E. Sosa (Blackwell, 1995).

54.      “Time,” in Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, coauthored with John Earman, 1995.

55.     “Negation,” in Blackwell’s Companion to Metaphysics, 1995.

56.     “Nothingness,” in Blackwell’s Companion to Metaphysics, 1995.

57.     “McTaggart, John McTaggart Ellis,” in Encyclopedia of Time, 1995.

58.     “Russell, Bertrand Arthur William,” in Encyclopedia of Time, 1995.

59.     “Analytic Philosophy,” in Encyclopedia of Time, 1995.

60.     “Non-Being and Nothing,” in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, 1995.

61.     “Some Difficulties in Theistic Treatments of Evil,” in The Evidential Argument from Evil, ed. by Daniel Howard-Snyder, 1996.

62.     “William James’s Quest to Have It All,” TSP, 1996.

63.     “Disanalogies Between Space and Time,” Process Studies, 1997. This issue was published as a book in 1999 by SUNY Press, ed. by George Shields.

64     “John Dewey’s Naturalization of William James,” in The Cambridge Companion to James, ed. by Ruth Anna Putnam, 1997.

65.     William James’s theory of Freedom,” MS, 1997.

66.     “From the Specious to the Suspicious Present: The Jack Horner Phenomenology of William James,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 1997.

67.     “William James’s Semantics of “Truth’,” TPS, 1997.

68.     “The Promethean Ethics of William James,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 1998.

69.     “Ich Bin Ein ‘Realist’”: James’s Attempt to Placate Realism,” ISP, 1998.

70.     “Robert M. Adam’s Theodicy of Grace,” Philo, 1998.

71.     “William James and the Willfulness of Belief,” PPR, 1999.

72.     “A New Cosmological Argument,” co-authored with Alexander Pruss, RS, 1999.

73.      “Santayana’s Bifurcationist Theory of Time,” Bulletin of the Santayana Society, 1999.

74.     “A New Argument for the Existence of God: One That Works, Well Sort Of,” in The Rationality of Theism: Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, edited by Godehard Bruntrup, 1999.

75.     “Why Traditional Cosmological Arguments Don’t Work and a Sketch of a New One that Does,” in Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion, edited by Michael Peterson, Blackwells, 2000.

76.     “Divine Omniscience, Freedeom, and Backward Causation,” FP, 2002.

77.     Introduction to reissue of Horace Kallen’s William James and Henri Bergson, Thoemmes Press, 2001.

78.     “Time, Temporality, and Paradox,” in the Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics, edited by R. M. Gale (Oxford: Blackwells, 2002).

79.     “God Eternal and Paul Helm,” in Reason, Faith and History: Essays in Honour of Paul Helm, ed. by Martin Stone (London: Thoemmes Press, 2002).

80.     “The Metaphysics of John Dewey,” Part I and Part II, TPS, 2002.

81.     “The Ecumenicalism of William James,” to appear in Essays in Celebration of the Centennial of William James’s Varieities of Religious Experience on Routledge in 2005.

82.     “A Response to Almeida and Judisch,” co-authored with Alexander Pruss, forthcoming in the International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion.

83.     “A Problem for Interpreters of Varieties,” Winds of Thought, the newsletter of the William James Society, 2002.

84.     “Cosmological and Teleological Arguments,” co-authored with Alexander Pruss, forthcoming in the Oxford Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, edited by William Wainwright.

85.  “Response to My Critics,” Philo, 2003.

86. “William James and John Dewey: the Odd Couple,” Midwestern Studies in Philosophy, 2003.

87.  “My Autobiography,” to appear in God, Time, and Nonbeing.

88. “John Dewey’s ‘Time and Individuality’,” Modern Schoolman, 2005.

89. “On the Cognitivity of Mystical Experiences,” Faith and Philosophy, 2005.

90. “The Problem of Ineffability in Dewey’s Theory of Inquiry,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2006.

91. “Comments on the Will to Believe,” Commentary, 2006.

92. “The Failure of Traditional Theistic Arguments,” in The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, edited by M. Martin, 2006.

93. “The Problem of Ineffability in Dewey’s Theory of Inquiry,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2006.

94.“Evil and Alvin Plaintinga,” The Cambridge University Contemporary Philosophy in Focus on Alvin Plantinga, 2006.

95. “Relations,” in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, eds. J. Lachs and R. Talisse. Vanderbilt University Press, 2007.

96. “Healthy-Mindedness, in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy.

97. “The Influence of William James,” in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy.

98. “God,” in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy.

99. “Time” in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy.

100. “The Problem of Evil,” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion.

101. “Analogical Arguments,” in Theism and Naturalism, eds. Q. Smith and P. Pistone. Oxford University Press, 2006.

102. “The Naturalism of John Dewey,” in the Cambridge Companion to John Dewey, ed. Molly Cochoran, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

103. “Timothy L. S. Sprigge: the Grinch that Stole Time,” in Consciousness, Reality, and Value:Essays in Honour of T. L. S. Sprigge, eds. Leemon McHenry and Pierfrancesco Basile. Ontos Verlag Publisher, 2007.

104. “The Deconstruction of Traditional Philosophy by William James in Pragmatism,” in Looking Toward Last Things: Pragmatism 100 Years After James’s Pragmatism,” ed. John Stuhr, Indiana University Press, 2007.

105. “James,” in History of Western Philosophy of Religion, eds. Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis, Acumen Publishing, 2007.

 

 

Book Review

1.      Leo Strauss, What Is Political Philosophy?, PPR, 1961.

             2.   G. J. Whitrow, The Natural Philosophy of Time, PPR, 1961.

3.   Richard Schlegel, , PPR, Time and the Physical World, PPR, 1963

  1. Arthur Danto, Analytical Philosophy of History, Foundations of Language, 1968.
  2. Essays on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, edited by Copi and Beard, PPR, 1968.
  3. Joint review of Richard Taylor, “The Problem of Future Contingencies,” and Rogers Albritton, “Present Truth and Future Contingency,” Journal of Symbolic Logic, 1969.
  4. Al-Azum, Kant’s theory of Time, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 1971.
  5. Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Colours, RM, 1981.
  6. T. Chapman, Time: A Philosophical Analysis, Dialogue, 1984.

10.     Brian Leftow, Eternity, ISP, 1995.

11.     The Correspondence of William James, V. 4, edited by Skrupskelis, TPS, 1996.

12.     Norbert Samuelson, Judaism and the Doctrine of Creation, CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly, 1999.

13.     Ellen Suckiel, Heaven’s Champion, Journal of Value Inquiry, 1999.

14.     David C. Lamberth, William James and the Metaphysics of Experience, PPR, 2000.

15.     Robin Le Poidevin, ed., Questions of Time and Tense, Philosophical Books, 2000.

16.     John Shook, Dewey’s Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality, TPS, 2001.

17.     Christopher Hookway, Truth, Rationality, and Pragmatism: Themes from Peirce, PQ, 2001.

18.     Ben Rogers, A. J. Ayer: A Life,” in Free Inquiry, 2003.

19.   Antony Kenny, The Unknown God, RS, 2004.

20.   Antony Flew, God and Philosophy, TPS, 2005.

 

Critical Studies

 

  1. Morris Lazerowtiz, Studies in Metaphilosophy, PQ, 1965.
  2. Leonard Linsky, Referring, JP, 1969.
  3. Richard Swinburne, The Philosophy of Space and Time, JP, 1969.
  4. J. L. Mackie, The Cement of the Universe, MS, 1976.
  5. Eli Hirsch, The Concept of Identity, JP, 1983.
  6. Keith Yandell, The Epistemology of Religious Experience, FP, 1995.
  7. Graham Oppy, Ontological Arguments, PPR, 1999.
  8. J. J. C. Smart and John Haldane, Atheism and Theism, FP, coauthored with Alexander Pruss, 1999.
  9. Richard Swinburne, Providence and the Problem of Evil, RS, 1999.

 

Recent Presentations

 

  1.  “Disanalogies Between Space and Time,” at the Meeting of the Metaphysical Society in Hartford, CT, on March 14, 1976.
  2.  “Pragmatic Justifications of Faith,” at William and Mary College on April 10, 1986.
  3. “On Some Pernicious Thought-Experiments,” the University of Pittsburgh Workshop in the spring of 1986.
  4. “Explanation and the Cosmological Argument,” at University of Pittsburgh Workshop, March 7, 1987.
  5.  “Religious Experiences,” Duke University, September 23, 1987.
  6. “Religious Experiences,” the University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Philosophy Club, October 31, 1987.
  7. St. Augustine’s Heretical Theory of Time,” the University of Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science, February 17, 1988.
  8.  “Ontological Arguments” at Washington and Jefferson College, November 4, 1988.
  9. “Divine Creation and Human Freedom,” at a Conference on Human Freedom at Georgia State University, April 7, 1990.
  10. Roundtable discussion of my book, On the Nature and Existence of God, with Stephen Edwards and George Kehm at the University of Pitts;burgh, March 22, 1992.
  11. Commentator on P, Furster’s “Pragmatism and the Dilemma of Novelty” at the meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Toronto, March 8, 1996.
  12. Keynote address, “William James’s Quest to Have It All, at the meeting of the Tri-State Philosophical Association, Mercyhurst College, April 13, 1996.
  13. Keynote address, “From the Specious to the Suspicious Present: The Voodoo Phenomenology of William James,” at the meeting of the West Virginia Philosophical Association West Liberty College, March 24, 1996.
  14. “You Can Have It All: The Many Selves of William James,” at Third Quadrennial Internal Fellow Conference at Castiglioncello, Italy, May 24, 1996.
  15. Participant in Pan Discussion of Ted Drange’s “Arguments Against God” at the meeting of the West Virginia Philosophical society, March 29, 1997.
  16. Symposium on “Teaching James’s Essays in Radical Empiricism,” at the Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in Milwaukee, WI, March 7, 1998.
  17.  “A New Argument for the Existence of God: One that Works, Well Sort of,” at a conference on The Rationality of Christian Faith at the University of Munich, Germany, May 27-30, 1998.
  18. Symposium on “Teaching James’s Essays in Radical Empiricism,” at the Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in Milwaukee, WI, March 7, 1998.
  19.  “A New Argument for the Existence of God: One that Works, Well Sort of,” at a conference on The Rationality of Theism at the University of Munich, Germany, May 27-30, 1998.
  20. Gave two invited three hour seminars on William James at the Summer Institute for American Philosophy at the University of Vermont, July 27-31, 1999.
  21. “William James on the Misery and Glory of Consciousness,” at the meeting on The Metaphysics of Consciousness, University of Buffalo, NY, November 5-6, 1999.
  22. Invited participant in “Science and Judaism Workshop: What Is the Human?” at Arizona State University, February 27-8, 2000.
  23. Participant in Author Meets Critics: Alvin Plantinga, Warranted Christian Belief, at the Pacific Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Albuquerque, NM, April 7, 2000.
  24. Invited participant in a conference on The Future of Realism at the University of Buffalo, October 20-21, 2000.
  25. Invited participant in a panel discussion with Ellen Suckiel and Henry Levinson on “New Perspectives on William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience at the meetings of the American Academy of Religion in Nashville on November 19, 2000.
  26. Gave a talk to the Philosophy Club at the University of Pittsburgh on “Divine Omniscience and Human Free Will,” November 22, 2000.
  27.  “My William James” at Colby College on December 1, 2000.
  28.  “A New Cosmological Argument,” at the University of Maryland at Baltimore Campus on February 14, 2001.
  29. Engaged in a public debate at the University of Pittsburgh on “Gale’s New Argument for the Existence of God” with Clifton, Davey, and Pruss on March 21, 2001
  30.  “John Dewey’s Metaphysics” at the University of New Mexico on April 6, 2001.
  31.  “The Pragmatism of William James,” to a proseminar of Pitt and CMU graduate students on March 13, 2002
  32. Presented Keynote Address, “The Professed Metaphysics of John Dewey,” to the Phi Sigma Tau Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on March 16, 2002.
  33. Presented invited paper, “The Ecumenicalism of William James,” at the International Interdisciplinary Centenary Conference in Celebration of the 1901-1902 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland on July 7, 2002.
  34. Presented paper on “The Ecumenicalism of William James” at the University of Tennessee on November 15, 2002.
  35. Responded to papers by Quinn, Wainwright, Zimmerman, and Morriston at the meeting of the Society of Humanist Philosophers on “Richard Gale’s Philosophy of Religion” at the Eastern Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association on December 28, 2002.
  36. Responded to papers by Goodyear, Jackman, and Cooper at the meeting of the William James Spociety at the Eastern Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association on December 28, 2002.
  37. Responded to papers by Draper and Almeida at a session on The Problem of Evil at at the Eastern Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association on December 29, 2002.
  38. Panelist in the Veritas Forum discussion on Science and Religion, along with Plantinga, Smith, and Lane, at California Institute of Polytechnology, January 10, 2003.

39. “The Ecumenicalism of William James” at Georgetown University on November 21, 2003.

40. “The Ecumenicalism of William James” at the University of Pittsburgh on January 7, 2003.

41. “Versions of the Free Will Defense” and “God and Modality” at Davidson College on October 2-3, 2003.

42. “The Cognitivity of Mystical Experiences” at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, October 4, 2003.

43. on “The Cognitivity of Mystical Experiences” at Vanderbilt University, Oct. 1, 2004.

44. “John Dewey’s ‘Darwinism and Philosophy’,” Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 5, 2005.

45. “The Importance of Identity,” at the University of Pittsburgh, March 29, 2006.

46. Panelist in the Veritas Forum on “What Is It to be Human” at California State      University, Fresno, February 14, 2007.

47. “The Quest for Being Qua Being,” presented at the meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Nov. 11, 2006 at Vanderbilt University