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Dr. Gonzalo Munevar

Dr. Gonzalo Munevar
Professor of Humanities

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication

HUM S229
gmunevar@ltu.edu
248.204.3540 p
248.204.3518 f

Background + Expertise

Summary


Research Interests: Theoretical and Experimental Neuroscience, Evolution, Philosophy of Space Exploration, Philosophy of Science


Creative Interests: Novels, Short Stories, Poetry


Publications: Many books and articles in areas of research and creative interests


Main Current Project: Sex, Reproduction and Darwinism, Ed. (with Filomena de Sousa), to be published by Pickering and Chatto


Blogs:


http://alexinfemiland.blogspot.com/; and http://philosophyofspaceexploration.blogspot.com/


Education


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1975.


M.A., Philosophy, California State University at Northridge, 1971


B.A., Philosophy, California State University at Northridge, 1970



Honors, Award, and Memberships


1983-84: Ethel Wattis Kimball Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University.


1986: Distinguished Research Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha.


1986-89: Nebraska Foundation Professorship, University of Nebraska at Omaha.


1989 (Summer): Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


1999: Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction.




Publication


Books:



Radical Knowledge: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nature and Limits of Science, Avebury Publishing Co., England, and Hackett Publishing Co., 1981. Published in Spanish (expanded version) as Conocimiento Radical: Una Investigación Filosófica de la Naturaleza y Límites de la Ciencia, 2003.


Evolution and the Naked Truth, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 1998. Published in Spanish (expanded version) as La Evolución y la Verdad Desnuda, Ediciones Uninorte, Barranquilla, Colombia, 2008.


The Master of Fate (Novel), Black Heron Press, 2000. Published in Spanish as El Amo del Destino, Programa Editorial, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 2006.


Variaciones sobre Temas de Feyerabend (Variations on Themes by Feyerabend, a book of essays). Programa Editorial, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 2006.



Edited Books:


Beyond Reason: Essays on the Philosophy of Paul K. Feyerabend, ed, Vol. 132 of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1991.


Spanish Studies in the Philosophy of Science, ed., Vol. 186 of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1996.


The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays on the Life and Thought of Paul Feyerabend, ed. (with J. Preston and D. Lamb), Oxford University Press, 2000.


Sex, Reproduction and Darwinism, co-edited with Filomena de Sousa, London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012.


Co-Editor of Explorations in Knowledge, a journal in the philosophy of science, 1982-1996.




Papers:


"The Moral Autonomy of Science and the Recombinant DNA Controversy," Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 1979, 2, pp.235-243.


"Science in Feyerabend's Free Society," translated as "Die Wissenschaft iun Feyerabend's freier Gesellschaft," in Versuchungen Aufsatze zur Philosophie Paul Feyerabends, Hans Peter Duerr, ed., Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 1980. English version in G. Munevar, ed., Beyond Reason: Essays on the Philosophy of Paul K. Feyerabend, Vol. 132, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1991, pp. 179-198.


"Rejoinder to J.R. Ravetz on the Moral Autonomy of Science and the Recombinant DNA Controversy," Journal of Social an Biological Structures, 1980, 3.


"Allowing Contradictions in Science," Metaphilosophy, January, 1982.


"Toward a Social Conception of Scientific Rationality," in Volume X of the Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Science, 1982, pp 91-95.


"The Death Penalty: The Relevance of Deterrence," with Jerry Cederblom, Criminal Justice Review, Spring, 1982, pp. 63-66.


"The Connection between Evolution and the Nature of Scientific Knowledge," in Radiation and Cellular Response: Report of the Second John Lawrence Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Physical and Biomedical Sciences, George P. Scott and Heinz W. Wahner, eds., Iowa State University Press, 1983, pp.213-222.


"In the Lion's Den: Taming Methodology into Oblivion," Abstracts of the 7th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, J. Hutteger, Ohg, Salzburg, 1983.


"Towards a Future Epistemology of Science," Explorations in Knowledge, Vol. I, Nos. 1, 2, Fall, 1984, pp. 1-17.


"Philosophy, Space Science and the Justification of Space Exploration," Essays on Creativity and Science, Diana M. DeLuca, ed. HCTE, Hawaii, 1986, pp. 89-96.


"Pecking Orders and the Rhetoric of Science," Explorations in Knowledge, Vol. III, No. 2, Spring, 1986, pp. 43-48.


"Rhetorical Grounds for Determining what is Fundamental Science: The Case of Space Exploration," in Argument and Social Practice, J.R. Cox, M.O. Sillars, and G.W. Walker, eds., Speech Communication Association, 1985, pp. 420-434.


"Space Colonies and the Philosophy of Space Exploration," Space Colonization: Technology and the Liberal Arts, C.H. Holbrow, A.M. Russell & G.F. Sutton, eds., American Institute of Physics, Conference Proceedings 148, 1986, pp. 2-12.


"Consensus and Evolution in Science," in A. Fine and P. Machamer, eds., PSA 1986, Vol II, pp. 120-129.


"Hull, Straight Biology and Straight Epistemology," Biology and Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2, April 1988, pp. 209-214.


"Filosofía y la Evaluación de la Tecnología Espacial," Arbor, May 1988, No. 509, Tomo CXXX, pp. 59-72.


"Evolution and Justification," The Monist, Vol. 71, No. 3, July, 1988, pp. 339-357.


"Human and Extraterrestrial Science," Explorations in Knowledge, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1989, pp. 1-9.


"Comment on Margolis' Pragmatic Realism,” Social Epistemology, 1988, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 240-243.


"Science as Part of Nature," in K. Hahlweg, C.A. Hooker, eds., Issues in Evolutionary Epistemology, SUNY Press, 1989, pp. 475- 487. Published in Spanish as “La Ciencia Como Parte de la Naturaleza,” in Perez Ransanz, A. R. and Velasco Gomez, A., eds., Racionalidad en Ciencia y Tecnologia: Nuevas Perspectivas Iberoamericans, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2011, pp. 171-178.


"Naturalismo Prescriptivo," Revista de Filosofía, No. 2/31-42 (3a Epoca), 1989, pp. 21-42.


"Evolution and the Naked Truth," in M. Dascal, ed., Cultural Relativism and Philosophy, E.J. Brill, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1991, pp. 177-194.


"New Directions, Really?" PSA 1992, Volume 2, pp. 341-350.


"Bohr and Evolutionary Relativism," Explorations in Knowledge, Volume XII, No. 2, 1995, pp. 1-10.


"Why Should Philosophy Influence Science Policy: The Case of Space Exploration," Explorations in Knowledge, vol. 13, No. 1, 1996, pp. 9-17.


"Relativismo y Universalismo Culturales," Filosofía de la Cultura, D. Sobrevilla, ed., Enciclopedia Iberoamericana de Filosofía, Editorial Trotta, 1998, pp. 213-223.


"The Rehabilitation of Paul Feyerabend," appendix to Evolution and the Naked Truth, Ashgate,1998, pp. 219-244, reprinted in The Worst Enemy of Science: Essays on the Life and Thought of Paul Feyerabend, Oxford University Press, 2000.


“A Philosopher Looks at Space Exploration,” Evolution and the Naked Truth, Ashgate, 1998, pp 169-179.


“Philosophy and Exploration of the Solar System,” Philosophic Exchange, No. 28: 1997-1998, pp. 56-61.


“A Naturalistic Account of Free Will,” Dialogos, Año 33, No. 72, July 1998, pp. 43-62.


“The Morality of Rational Ants,” Evolution and the Naked Truth, Ashgate, 1998, pp. 131-147.


“Feyerabend, Preston, and Analytic Philosophy,” Metascience, Vol. 8, No. 2, July 1999, pp. 216-226.


“Reflections on Hull’s Remarks,” in E. Hook’s, ed., Prematurity in Scientific Discovery: On Resistance and Neglect, University of California Press, 2002, pp. 342-346.


“Conquering Feyerabend’s Conquest of Abundance,” Philosophy of Science, Vol. 69, No. 3, September 2002, pp. 519-536.


“Sandra Harding’s Feminist Epistemology and Political Correctness,” C. L. Pinnick, N. Koertge, and R. F. Almeder, eds., Scrutinizing Feminist Epistemology: An Examination of Gender in Science, Rutgers University Press, 2003, 142-156.


“A Plea to Fuller for a Rosetta Stone,” Social Epistemology, Vol. 17, Nos. 2 & 3, April-September, 2003, pp. 241-246.


“La Epistemología Evolutiva de Karl Popper,” in A. Rivadulla, ed., Hipótesis y Verdad en Ciencia: Ensayos sobre la Filosofía de Karl Popper, Editorial Complutense, S.A. Madrid, 2004, pp. 49-66.


"Realismo, Verdad y Relativismo Evolutivo," Praxis Filosófica, Nueva serie, No. 20, January-June 2005, pp. 5-30.


“Venus y el Fin del Mundo,” Eidos, No. 4, March 2006, pp. 10-25.


“El Filósofo más valioso del siglo,” in Variaciones sobre Temas de Feyerabend,” Universidad del Valle, 2006, pp. 27-42.


“Nuevas Ventanas hacia el Cerebro Humano y su Impacto en la Neurociencia Cognoscitiva,” with Oscar Sierra-Fitzgerald in Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología, 2007, vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 143-167 (“New Windows into the Human Brain and their Impact on Neuroscience”).


“Enfoque Biológico en la Filosofía de la Ciencia,” Eidos, No. 7, August 2007, pp. 110-127 [“Biological Perspective in the Philosophy of Science”].


“Humankind in Outer Space,” The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2008, pp. 17-25.


“El Cerebro, el Yo, y el Libre Albedrío,” in Germán Guerrero, ed., Entre Ciencia y Filosofía, Programa Editorial, Universidad del Valle, Cali, 2008, pp. 291-308. (“Brain, Self, and Free Will”).


“Perception and Natural Selection,” in The European Mind, ed. by Frendo, H., Malta University Press, 2010, pp. 222-229


“Einstein y el límite de la velocidad de la luz,” in Guerrero G. (ed.) Einstein: Científico y filósofo, Programa Editorial Universidad del Valle, 2011, pp. 291-308.


“Reznick’s Interpretation of Darwin’s Origin,”The European Legacy/ ISSEI, Vol. 16, No. 3, June 2011, pp. 399-401.


“A Darwinian Account of Self and Free Will,” in Evolution 2.0: implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences, ed. by Weinert, F. and Brinkworth, M.H. (Springer, 2011), pp. 43-63.


“Self-Reproducing Automata and the Impossibility of SETI,” in Geppert, A. C. T., ed. Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012, pp. 267-284.


“Homosexuality and Darwinism,” in de Sousa, F. and Munevar, G., Sex, Reproduction and Darwinism, Pickering and Chatto, 2012, pp. 95-107.


“The Myth of Dual Consciousness in the Split Brain: Contrary Evidence from Psychology and Neuroscience,” International Conference on Brain-Mind Proceedings, BMI Press, 2012 (online).


“A Distributive Explanation of ‘Grandmother’ Cells,” Proceedings of the XXII World Congress in Philosophy, Volume 34, 2008, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, pp. 25-31. Published in 2012.



Critical Review:


"Peter Singer's The Expanding Circle." Explorations in Knowledge, Spring 1987, pp. 43-50.



Publications Related to Teaching:




"Report of an Interdisciplinary Course on Space Exploration," with John C. Kasher, in Social Sciences and Space Exploration, NASA Ep-192, 1984.



Spanish Studies in the Philosophy of Science, ed., Vol. 186 of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1996.


The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays on the Life and Thought of Paul Feyerabend, ed. (with J. Preston and D. Lamb), Oxford University Press, 2000.


Sex, Reproduction and Darwinism, co-edited with Filomena de Sousa, London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012.


Co-Editor of Explorations in Knowledge, a journal in the philosophy of science, 1982-1996.



Scholarly Activities (includes, grant, conference presentations, etc.)


I calculate that I have given over one hundred talks related to my research. These talks have taken place at universities, conferences, and congresses in United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Malta, France, Japan, China and South Korea.



Representative sample of recent talks:


“Neuronal Resonance and Consciousness,” presented at the 13th International Congress in Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, in Beijing, China, August 2007.


“Humans vs. Machines in the Exploration of Space,” presented at the 4th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, at Northeastern University,
Boston, January, 2008.


“Self-Reproducing Automata and the Impossibility of SETI,” presented at Imagining Outer Space, international conference at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, February 2008.


Mini-seminar to the doctoral program in psychology of Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, March 2008, on three topics: neuronal resonance, distributive explanation of grandmother cells, and causal connections between visceral information in the central nervous system and nightmares.


“El Cerebro, el Yo y el Libre Albedrío,” presented at Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, and symposium organized by Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, March 2008.


“Resonancia Neuronal y los Estados Conscientes,” presented at Symposium organized by Universidad del Valle, Cali Colombia, March 2008.


“A Distributive Explanation of ‘Grandmother’ Cells,” at The XXII World Congress in Philosophy, Cognitive Science Section, in Seoul, Korea, August, 2008.


A Darwinian Account of Self and Free Will,” at Darwin International Conference, University of Bradford, England; September, 2009.


“Darwinism and Homosexuality,” at University of Notre Dame’s conference, Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity, and God, November, 2009.


“Damasio, Self and Consciousness,” at the 14th International Congress in Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Nancy, France, July 2011.


Other Activities


1977: Recipient of a research grant from the American Council of Learned Societies.


1979: Recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation.


1990: Summer Research Grant, The Evergreen State College.


1994: Summer Research Grant, The Evergreen State College.


2009: Seed Grant, Lawrence Technological University.


Co-Editor of Explorations in Knowledge, a journal in the philosophy of science, 1982-1996.


Serves on the advisory boards of two philosophy journals: Praxis Filosofica and Eidos.


Has served as referee for several journals.



Courses Taught


Foundations of American Experience


Creative Writing


South American Fiction


History and Philosophy of Science


Philosophy, Energy and Society


Philosophy of Space Exploration


Philosophy of Mind


Behavioral Neuroscience


Cognitive Psychology


Sensation and Perception



Quest and Other Student Projects


Presently supervising student-designed experiments in psychology


Organizing LTU student presentations at Michigan Academy of Science


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