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Majid Amini

Amini, Dr. Majid, PhD

Philosophy

Professor

Phone: 804-524-5555
Location: Colson 101J
Email: mamini@vsu.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of London, 1999
  • B.A. (First Class Honors), Philosophy, University of London, 1986 

Research Areas

  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophical Psychology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Postcolonial Philosophical Thought

Courses Taught

Undergraduate    

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Education

Postgraduate           

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of History

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • 'Nativism and Identity Politics', Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and Its Global Diasporas, 16 (1): 11-30, 2016
  • 'Theological Revisionism', Cogito, VIII (2): 49-55, 2016
  • 'Theoretical Desiderata on Psychologically Plausible Theories', Euromentor Journal, VII (2): 7-23, 2016 (Co-authored with Niloufar Jafari)
  • 'Ricoeur and the Atheist Other', Minerva, 19: 25-36, 2015.
  • 'Who Is the Native? Reflections from Fanon, Césaire, and Brathwaite', Cogito, VII (2): 7-17, 2015
  • 'On the Very Idea of Innateness', Euromentor Journal, V (1): 7-34, 2014 (Co-authored with Niloufar Jafari)
  • 'Ricoeur and the Religious Significance of Atheism', Cogito, V (3): 7-14, 2013
  • 'Mill's Proof of Hedonism', The Reasoner, 7: 118-19, 2013
  • 'Gettier's Assumptions', Cogito, V (2): 7-10, 2013
  • 'Linguistic Innateness on A Priori Logical Grounds', Cogito, V (1): 40-51, 2013 (Co-authored with Niloufar Jafari)
  • 'Is Ethical Relativism Self-Stultifying?', The Reasoner, 7: 18-19, 2013
  • 'Globalization and Education: A Philosophical Perspective on Intellectual Adaptability', Euromentor Journal, III (3): 7-21, 2012
  • 'Satanic Verses or an Epistemic Dilemma?', Cogito, IV (3): 12-21, 2012
  • 'Do Adolescents Have Identity? A Conceptual Critique', Euromentor Journal, III (2): 24-35, 2012 (Co-authored with Niloufar Jafari)
  • 'Boghossian's Refutation of Relativism', International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, 1 (2): 79-103, 2011 (Co-authored with Christopher Caldwell)
  • 'Fodor and the Impossibility of Learning', in Just the Arguments, ed. M. Bruce and S. Barbone, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
  • 'Fodor's Argument for Linguisitic Nativism', in Just the Arguments, ed. M. Bruce and S. Barbone, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
  • 'Values and Evaluations in Game Theoretical Models', Complex Adaptive Systems: Energy, Information, and Intelligence: Papers from the 2011 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium, FS-11-03: 17-21, 2011 (Co-authored with Christopher Caldwell)
  • 'How Relativist Are Sceptics?', Cogito, III (1): 6-15, 2011 
  • 'Allegories of Reason: Eurocentrism and Native Philosophical Resistance', Culture, Theory and Critique, 51: 29-45, 2010
  • 'Does "One Cannot Know" Entail "Everyone Is Right"?', Forum Philosophicum, 15: 103-118, 2010 (Co-authored with Christopher Caldwell)
  • 'Religious Identity', International Journal of Public Theology, 3: 443-459, 2009
  • 'Omnipotence and the Vicious Circle Principle', Forum Philosophicum, 14: 247-258, 2009
  • 'The Red Herring of Logical Impossibility', The Reasoner, 3: 5-6, 2009
  • ‘Consciousness and the Alleged Failure of Analytic Philosophy’, Philosophical Frontiers, 3: 59-68, 2008
  • ‘Logical Machines’, Disputatio: International Journal of Philosophy, II: 335-348, 2008
  • 'Ghazali and Duns Scotus on Omnipotence', Journal of Chinese, Indian, and Islamic Cultural Relations, II: 115-134, 2008
  • ‘Caribbean Philosophy or Philosophy in the Caribbean?’, Shibboleths: A Journal of Comparative Theory, 1: 81-90, 2007
  • ‘Revelation in the Reflections of Reason’, New Blackfriars, 87: 406-417, 2006
  • ‘Censorship’, in The Fifties in America, ed. John C. Super, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2005
  • ‘Behaviourism Is Back!’, Minerva, 8: 257-275, 2004
  • ‘Has Foundationism Failed?’, Human Nature Review, 3: 119-123, 2003
  • ‘“Meditations” on Modernity’, Minerva, 7: 208-219, 2003
  • ‘Thagard’s Coherentism’, Philosophical Books, 43: 136-140, 2002
  • ‘Education and Intellectual Adaptability: A Philosophical Perspective’, in Sociology of Education, ed. T. Bastick and A. Ezenne, Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2002
  • ‘Religious Discourse and Identity’, Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion, 6: 73-90, 2001
  • ‘Religion in Education: A Matter of Inclusion or Exclusion?’, in Including the Excluded, ed. M. Ainscow and P. Mittler, University of Manchester and Inclusive Technology, 2001
  • ‘Frege and Bradley on Psychologism’, Bradley Studies, 6: 176-192, 2000

Reference Articles

  • ‘Evil and the God of Love’, Masterplots II: Christian Literature, edited by John K. Roth, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2007
  • ‘Warranted Christian Belief’, Masterplots II: Christian Literature, edited by John K. Roth, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2007
  • ‘Joseph Butler’, in Great Lives from History: The 18th Century, 1701-1800, edited by John Powell, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2006
  • ‘Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man’, in Great Events from History: The 18th Century, 1701-1800, edited by John Powell, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2006
  • ‘Condillac’s Sensationalist Theory’, in Great Events from History: The 18th Century, 1701-1800, edited by John Powell, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2006
  • ‘Holbach’s Système de la nature’, in Great Events from History: The 18th Century, 1701-1800, edited by John Powell, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2006
  • ‘Slippery Slope Arguments’, in Ethics, Revised Edition, edited by John K. Roth, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2004
  • ‘Weakness of Will in Taking Action’, in Ethics, Revised Edition, edited by John K. Roth, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2004

Book Reviews

  • Review of How Animals Grieve, by Barbara J. King (The University of Chicago Press, 2013), Metapsychology, January 2014 
  • Review of Heartland, by Wilson Harris (Peepal Press, 2009), Society for Caribbean Studies (UK) Newsletter, 58: 53-55, Autumn 2009
  • Review of Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness, by Paul Livingston (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Metapsychology, November 2004
  • Review of Coherence in Thought and Action, by Paul Thagard (MIT Press, 2000),Metapsychology, November 2001
  • Review of Enchanted Looms: Conscious Networks in Brains and Computers, by Rodney Cotterill (Cambridge University Press, 1998/2000), Metapsychology, May 2001
  • Review of Modernity and Subjectivity: Body, Soul, Spirit, by Harvie Ferguson (University Press of Virginia, 2000), Metapsychology, December 2000
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