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Peter Caws

University Professor of Philosophy

Office: Gelman Library 709F
Phone: 202-994-8685

Selected Publications:

Books (author):

  • The Philosophy of Science, A Systematic Account (Princeton: Van Nostrand, 1965)

  • Science and the Theory of Value (New York: Random House, 1967)

  • Sartre (The Arguments of the Philosophers) (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979, paperback edition with additional material 1984)

  • Structuralism: The Art of the Intelligible (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1988, paperback 1990); 2nd edition [subtitle A Philosophy for the Human Sciences] Buffalo: Humanity Books, an imprint of Prometheus Publishers, 1997)

  • Yorick's World: Science and the Knowing Subject (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1993)

  • The Capital Connection: Business, Science, and Government (New York: Baruch College, 1993)

  • Ethics from Experience (Boston: Jones and Bartlett [now Wadsworth], 1996)

Books (editor):

  • Two Centuries of Philosophy in America (Oxford: Blackwell, 1980)

  • The Causes of Quarrel: Essays on Peace, War, and Thomas Hobbes (Boston: Beacon Press, 1989).

Selected recent chapters and articles (lifetime total 150+):

  • "Terror: from the Armada to al-Qaeda," in Deborah Staines, ed., Interrogating the War on Terror (2007, forthcoming)

  • "Sartrean Structuralism?" in Howells, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Sartre (1992)

  • "Where the Argument Led," in Karnos and Shoemaker, eds., Falling in Love with Wisdom: American Philosophers Talk About Their Calling (1993)

  • "Subjectivity, Self-Identity, and Self-Description," in Sadler, ed., Philosophical Perspectives on Psychiatric Diagnostic Classification (1994)

  • "Identity: Cultural, Transcultural, Multicultural," in Goldberg, ed., Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (1994)

  • "Minimal Consequentialism," Philosophy (1995)

  • "Sophistry, Rhetoric and the Postmodern Condition," Symploke (1997)

  • "Moral Certainty in Tolstoy," Philosophy and Literature (2000)

  • "The Unconscious is Structured Like a City: Freud, Lacan, and the project of the Human Sciences," Janus Head (2000)

  • "Natural and Intentional Structures of Sexuality," Bulletin de la Societe Americaine de Philosophie de Langue Francaise (2003)

  • "Psychoanalysis as the Idiosyncratic Science of the Individual Subject," Psychoanalytical Psychology (2003)

  • "Arresting Images," catalogue essay for photography show curated jointly with Dr. Nancy Breslin, Luther W. Brady Gallery, the George Washington University (November 2003 - January 2004)

  • "The Distributive Structure of the Social Group," Journal of Social Philosophy (2005)

  • "To Hell and Back: Sartre on (and in) Analysis with Freud," in van den Hoven and Leak, eds., Sartre Today: A Centenary Celebration (2005)

  • "First and Second Order Unification in the Social and Human Sciences," Graduate Journal of Social Science (2005)


Ph.D., Yale