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Transylvania professor Peter Fosl publishes philosophy book

Peter FoslLEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University philosophy professor Peter Fosl has recently published “Philosophy: the Classic Readings,” a volume he co-edited with David E. Cooper.

The book is a comprehensive collection of the greatest works of philosophy from ancient to modern times and draws on both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions. The works are arranged chronologically within sections on ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion and political philosophy. Original readings from more than 100 of the world’s great philosophers including Lao Tzu, Confucius, Kierkegaard and Sartre are included.

“In my academic scholarship, I’ve explored topics concerned with skepticism and the history of philosophy,” said Fosl. “But through my work as a teacher at a liberal arts college, I’ve also become convinced of the importance of trying to bring philosophy to a wider audience. It shouldn’t just be something for professionals. ‘Philosophy: The Classic Readings' is a part of my work both to transmit the history of philosophy and to make philosophy available to a wider readership.”

Fosl received his bachelor’s from Bucknell University in 1985 and his master’s and Ph.D. from Emory University in 1990 and 1992. He is a contributing editor to “The Philosophers’ Magazine,” co-author of “The Philosopher’s Toolkit” (2002), co-editor of two volumes of “The Dictionary of Literary Biography” and is an editorial board member of The Journal of Transcendent Philosophy. He is a recipient of the Bingham Award for Excellence in Teaching at Transylvania and received the Acorn Award for outstanding teaching from the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education in 2006.


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