Philosophy Department

Philosophy Department Welcomes New Faculty Member

Yishai Cohen will join the USM Philosophy Department this fall as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy.  Cohen received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and wrote his dissertation on free will, which concerns the kind of control over one’s actions that is required for moral responsibility. In addition to wondering whether we have free will, Cohen focuses on questions in the philosophy of religion (Does God or some transcendent reality exist?) and ethics (What are moral values? How do we discover what is right and wrong?). In addition to philosophizing, Cohen enjoys experimenting with electronic music in the company of his rabbits.

Cohen, a member of the American Philosophical Association, and the Society for Philosophy of Agency, is also a managing editor for Philosophy TV ( His favorite philosopher is George Berkeley.

He will be teaching PHI 291 Death and Dying this Fall.