Joel Warren Lidz, Ph.D.
QUICKLINK TO MY ARTICLES
1977-80 Harvard University
Studied pipe organ and classical Greek
1975-79 Tulane University, Ph.D. (Philosophy)
Thesis: "Plato's Parmenides: The Intellectualist Parodied"
1974-75 Penn State University, M.A. (Philosophy)
Thesis: "Kant's Noumenon, Transcendental Object and Thing in Itself"
1970-74 Penn State University, B.Ph. (Social Science/Philosophy)
Thesis: "Interdisciplinarity and Philosophical Anthropology"
1967-70 Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, Kingston, PA
Racism, Sexism, Speciesism
Justice and Rights
Philosophy of Myth
History of Ethics
History of Philosophy
Anti-Defamation League; Cambridge Committee for Responsible Research
Consultant to Massachusetts Department of Education:
Edited/prepared court-mandated report on desegregation in the Boston school system
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University
Greater Boston Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy, Being and the Good (edited with introductions)
University Press of America, 1983
"Reflections on (and in) Plato's Cave"
Interpretation (vol. 21, 1993/94)
"Medicine as Metaphor in Plato"
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (vol. 19, 1994)
"12 Angry Men"
Teaching Philosophy (vol. 18, 1995)
"Rethinking Plato's Crito "
"On Higher Education"
"On Affirmative Action"
"Music and Morals"
Pork Barrel Education: On the Lowering of Higher Education Standards
"Jewish/Catholic Relations Today" "Extremist Groups in the U.S."
"On a Balanced Life"
"Heaven Help Pluralism"
GERMAN: Reading and Speaking
CLASSICAL GREEK: Reading
Studied piano from the age of six and pipe organ from the age of fifteen at Penn State, Harvard and elsewhere. My organ professors at Penn State were June Miller and James Case; at Harvard, Lenora McCroskey and Christa Rakich. At Harvard I was priveleged to practice on two outstanding instruments: the C.B. Fisk organ at Memorial Church and the Flentrop Organ of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, where E. Power Biggs made many of his famous recordings. I have also played at the Cathedral of Spain (Seville), the Great Hall Cathedral of Ulm (Germany), and in Prague at St. Peter and Paul's Church and St. Francis Church (where Mozart once played). To see beautiful photos of Prague click here and for my take on recordings of Bach's organ works, click here.
My Favorite Instrument
Built by Christian Muller
St. Bavo, Haarlem, Netherlands
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Have been a frequent guest on Boston and national radio talk shows, discussing philosophical and social issues.
Received Penn State's first Bachelor of Philosophy degree for having designed own curriculum, which combined study in the history and theory of social science and philosophy.
New England Conservatory
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Animal Welfare Institute