Philosophy Department

Emeritus Faculty

C. George Caffentziz
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Caffentzis received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1978. He has lectured in universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Africa and Mexico. He has written many articles and books on social and political themes, including Clipped Coins, Abused Words and Civil Government: John Locke's Philosophy of Money and In Letter of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism.   

Professor Caffentzis taught Scientific Revolutions and Critiques, Post-colonial African Philosophy and Literature, Computers=Minds?, Philosophy of Money, Philosophy in Physics, and Late Modern Philosophy.


Jeremiah Conway
Emeritus Professor Of Philosophy

Professor Conway received his Ph.D. from Yale University with a dissertation entitled "Why to Poetry? An Analysis of Martin Heidegger's Philosophy of Language." Conway studied German and Philosophy at Fordham University for his undergraduate degree. His areas of philosophical interest are 19th and 20th Century continental philosophy and literature, and ancient philosophy. 

Conway taught PHI 106 Introduction to Philosophy: Why Philosophize?, PHI 215 Philosophy of Literature, PHI 390 Hermeneutics, PHI 290 Problems in Philsophy, PHI 275 The Nature of Compassion, and PHI 360 Existentialism.

Conway believes the power of philosophy lies in its uselessness, in its capacity for questioning the ends and purposes which organize our lives. Philosophy serves the experience of wonder, and it is wonder that keeps human beings alive as creatures of possibility, question, and gratitude. 


William J. Gavin
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Gavin received his Undergraduate degree from Fordham University in 1965. He also completed his Ph.D. at Fordham, with a Dissertation entitled "An Aesthetic Approach to the Philosophy of William James." His areas of interest in philosophy are American Philosophy, Death and Dying, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and Russian Philosophy. His most recent book is In Dewey's Wake: Unfinished Work of Pragmaticism Reconstruction. Gavin's favorite Philosopher is William James, who said "It is, in short, the re-instatement of the vague to its proper place in our mental life which I am so anxious to press on the attention" (James, The Principles of Psychology).

Courses he taught were Introduction to Philosophy: The Quest for Certainty, Philosophy of Science, Death and Dying, Ancient Philosophy, American Philosophy, and Progress, Process, or Permanence: All That is Solid Melts into Air.