Christopher Long

Christopher Long
Michigan State University | MSU · Department of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Christopher P. Long is dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. His most recent book, "Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading" is an enhanced digital book that enables readers to engage directly with the author in an online community. He is also co-founder of the Public Philosophy Journal, a $780K Mellon Foundation project to create an innovative online space of digital scholarship and communication.
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July 2015 - present
Michigan State University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
July 2015 - present
Michigan State University
Position
  • Dean, College of Arts and Letters
January 2010 - June 2015
Pennsylvania State University
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  • Head of Faculty

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Publications (37)
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By way of an analysis of Arendt's defense of the public/private distinction in The Human Condition, this essay offers a re-interpretation of the status of the family as a realm where the categories of action and speech play a vital role. The traditional criterion for the establishment of the public/private distinction is grounded in an idealization...
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Walking the Talk: Toward a Values-Aligned Academy is the culmination of 18 months of research interviews across the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). Conducted by the HuMetricsHSS Initiative as an extension of their previous work on values-enacted scholarly practice, the interviews focused on current systems of evaluation within BTAA institutions,...
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The current mechanisms by which scholars and their work are evaluated across higher education are unsustainable and, we argue, increasingly corrosive. Relying on a limited set of proxy measures, current systems of evaluation fail to recognize and reward the many dependencies upon which a healthy scholarly ecosystem relies. Drawing on the work of th...
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In the Gorgias, Socrates claims to practice the true art of politics, but the peculiar politics he practices involves cultivating in each individual he encounters an erotic desire to live a life animated by the ideals of justice, beauty and the good. Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy demonstrates that what Socrates sought to do with those...
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The article, based on data from nearly 1600 Ph.D. graduates from sixteen disciplines in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, tracks placement over time. First and later placements are compared for humanities and social science graduates befor and after the 2008 recession. The authors show that while social science placements did not seem...
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This essay articulates the differences and suggests the similarities between the practices of Socratic political speaking and those of Platonic political writing. The essay delineates Socratic speaking and Platonic writing as both erotically oriented toward ideals capable of transforming the lives of individuals and their relationships with one ano...
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Digital media technology, when deployed in ways that cultivate shared learning communities in which students and teachers are empowered to participate as partners in conjoint educational practices, can transform the way we teach and learn philosophy. This essay offers a model for how to put blogging and podcasting in the service of a cooperative ap...
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Soulevant le probleme de la transition entre la deduction transcendantale des categories et la synthese de l'imagination dans la seconde edition de la «Critique de la raison pure» de Kant, l'A. defend la position selon laquelle la sensibilite et l'entendement constituent les deux puissances de la meme faculte de representation des objets de l'intui...
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At least since the appearance of Aristotle's Politics, Plato's Republic has been read as arguing for a politics of unity in which difference is understood as a threat to the polis. By focusing on the musical imagery of the Republic, and specifically on its compositional organization around three 'preludes', this essay seeks an understanding of Socr...
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Where there is madness in Plato, method lurks. In its modern guise, method is designed to establish philosophy as a science by determining procedures in advance that ensure objectivity. Modern method permits no madness. Yet another, older, less rigid, but no less rigorous sense of method resonates in the Greek word, which means "a following after"...
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Scholars often assume that Aristotle uses the terms morphē and eidos interchangeably. Translators of Aristotle's works rarely feel the need to carry the distinction between these two Greek terms over into English. This article challenges the orthodox view that morphē and eidos are synonymous. Careful analysis of texts from the Categories, Physics,...
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Concerned with the meaning and function of principles in an era that appears to have given up on their possibility altogether, Christopher P. Long traces the paths of Aristotle's thinking concerning finite being from the Categories, through the Physics, to the Metaphysics, and ultimately into the Nicomachean Ethics. Long argues that a dynamic and o...
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The Holocaust throws the study of the history of philosophy into crisis. Critiques of Western thinking leveled by such thinkers as Adorno, Levinas and, more recently, postmodern theorists have suggested that Western philosophy is inherently totalizing and that it must be read differently or altogether abandoned after Auschwitz. This article intenti...
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This article uncovers the ideological dimensions of Aristotle’s metaphysics by focusing on four traditional interpretations that seek to read the tension between the universal and the singular out of Aristotle’s ontology. These four interpretationsby Michael Loux, Michael Frede and Günther Patzig, Joseph Owens, and Edward Halperbring into focu...
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Ontology has been traditionally guided by sophia, a form of knowledge directed toward that which is eternal, permanent, necessary. This tradition finds an important early expression in the philosophical ontology of Aristotle. Yet in the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle's intense concern to do justice to the world of finite contingency leads him to dev...
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The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 15.1 (2001) 62-65 Slowly, philosophy is learning what aesthetic theory realized quickly during the Nazi era and what theoretical physics knew instantaneously in August 1945: To naively posit a disjunction between theory and practice is a perilous and irresponsible delusion. Like art and physics before it, philo...
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Philosophy and Rhetoric 34.4 (2001) 292-307 A double strategy may be apprehended in the first definitions, axioms and propositions of Spinoza's Ethics: the one is rhetorical, the other, systematic. Insofar as these opening passages constitute a geometrical argument that leads ultimately to the strict monism that lies at the heart of Spinoza's philo...
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Dans le cadre d'un colloque sur l'oeuvre de J. Fritsche organisee par la New School for Social Research en janvier 1998, l'A. etudie l'interpretation que celui-ci a donnee d'un passage de la «Physique» (A.7) d'Aristote en tant que condition de possibilite des principes des etres naturels. Se referant a l'ouvrage de Fritsche «Methode und Beweisziel»...
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--New School for Social Research, 1998. Includes bibliographical references (leaves : 427-435).

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