Lawrence Cahoone


Philosophy Department

Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook

Fields: Recent European philosophy, American philosophy, social and political philosophy, metaphysics and natural science

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  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophical Themes:Diversity
  • Philosophical Themes: Moral Choices
  • Nature, Knowledge, God:History (Montserrat)
  • Nature, Values, God: Today (Montserrat)


  • American Philosophy
  • Existentialism
  •  Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of State and Law
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of War and Peace
  • Social Philosophy of Modernity
  • Twentieth Century Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  •  Modern Philosophy


  • War and Peace
  • Just War Theory


  • Metaphysics and Natural Science
  • Philosophical Naturalism
  • Advanced Topics: Nationalism and Cultural Identity
  • Advanced Topics: Postmodernism 
  • Advanced Topics: Process Philosophy
  •  Concepts of Political Society


  • Recent and Contemporary European Philosophy
  • American Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Culture
  • Metaphysics and Natural Science 


The Orders of Nature, Albany, NY : SUNY Press, 2013.

Cultural Revolutions: Reason versus Culture in Philosophy, Politics, and Jihad . State College, PA : The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005.

Civil Society: The Conservative Meaning of Liberal Politics. Cambridge : Blackwell Publishers, 2002.

From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology. Expanded Second Edition. Cambridge : Blackwell Publishers, 2003. (First Edition, Blackwell, 1996).

The Ends of Philosophy: Pragmatism, Foundationalism, and Postmodernism. Cambridge : Blackwell Publishers, 2002. (rpt. of The Ends of Philosophy. Albany : SUNY Press, 1995).

The Dilemma of Modernity: Philosophy, Culture, and Anti-Culture. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1988.

Other Major Publications

Wise Guys. A Philosophical Comedy in Three Acts. Heartland Plays Inc. 2014.

Modern Political Tradition: From Hobbes to Habermas, 36-lecture course on CD and DVD released by The Great Courses, 2014.

Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida, 36-lecture course on CD and DVD released by The Great Courses, 2010.