Office: CLR 103
B.A., Columbia College
M.A., S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook
Ph.D., S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook
Phil Weiss teaches a variety of philosophy and religion courses. He annually offers Introduction to Philosophy, World Religions, and Contemporary Moral Issues. On a rotating basis he offers American Philosophy, Eastern Thought, Great Ages and Ideas of the Jewish People, Philosophies of Social Justice, and Philosophy of Education.
He was the recipient of the Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Recognition Award in 1987. He also serves as the religious leader of Congregation B'nai Brith of Somerville. His central philosophical interests are in metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. In recent years, he has been studying the thought of Alfred North Whitehead, Moses Maimonides, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Josiah Royce. He has an abiding admiration for Plato and for Friedrich Nietzsche.
Weiss is the author of two articles about the metaphysics of possibility: "Possibility: Three Recent Ontologies," International Philosophical Quarterly, June 1980, and "Possibility: Temperament and Argument," in Marsoobian, Wallace and Corrington, eds, Nature's Perspectives: Prospects for Ordinal Metaphysics, S.U.N.Y Press, 1991. Four collections of his sermons have been published by Congregation B'nai Brith: Awesome!, More Awe!, God-Awful!, and Awe Shucks!