Dr. Dwight Goodyear received his B.A. in philosophy from William Paterson University where he also studied film and music. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy at the New School in NYC. His areas of speciality are history of philosophy, aesthetics, American philosophy, and existentialism. He started teaching at WCC in 2003 where he is now associate professor of philosophy. At WCC Dwight has taught many courses (logic, ethics, honors seminar in ethics, honors philosophy of art, ancient/medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, philosophy of love, and religions of the world). He has advised four clubs, co-directed the WCC Honors Program for eight years, and received the Foundation award for Excellence in Scholarship (2016), the NISOD award for excellence in teaching (2009), the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008), two WCC Distance Learning Fellowships, and four Beacon Conference Outstanding Mentor Awards. Some of his published work includes “John Locke’s Philosophy of Education” in the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, edited by Michael A. Peters (Springer Publishing), “Socrates’ Art: Pedagogy in the Meno” in Greek Philosophy and the Fine Arts, Vol. 1, ed. Boudoris (Ionia Publications), and “Tragedy” in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy (Routledge Publishing). He also posts original blogs and/or essays to his site www.philosophicaleggs.com every week. Dwight has recorded five albums of experimental solo piano music and world music (Dark Gates, Tiger/Crane, Beautiful Ghost, Fireflies, and Fire Foxes), all of which are up on youtube. He periodically plays solo piano shows in NYC. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.
Office location: Classroom 22
Title: Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Ph.D. New School University
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Philosophy of Love
- Religions of the World
- Ancient/Medieval Philosophy
- Modern Philosophy, Logic, Ethics,
- Honors Seminar in Ethics
- Honors Philosophy of Art
- Our Search for Wholeness
- American Philosophy
- 19th Century Philosophy
- Perspectives on the Individual.
Honors and Awards:
- NISOD Excellence Award for Teaching, 2009
- SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
- Beacon Conference Outstanding Mentor, 2009
- Beacon Conference Outstanding Mentor, 2008
- Beacon Conference Outstanding Mentor, 2007
- Beacon Conference Outstanding Mentor, 2006
Publications and Presentations:
- “John Locke’s Thoughts on Education” in Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, ed. by Michael A. Peters (Springer Publishing, 2016).
- “John Locke’s Pedagogy” in EEPAT (Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2007)
- “Tragedy” in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy (Routledge Publishing, 2007).
- “Socrates’ Art: Pedagogy in the Meno” in Greek Philosophy and the Fine Arts, Vol. 1, ed. Boudoris (Ionia Publications, 2000).
- “Tragic Conflict and the Virtues of Intelligence”, presentation to The Ethical Society of Northern Westchester, 2009.
- “Heroic Meliorism: William James and Tragedy”, presentation at the American Philosophical Association (APA), 2006.
- I maintain a high quality philosophy blog/essay site (Philosophical Eggs) that presents over a hundred examples of my original philosophical work (see philosophicaleggs.com).
Institution Service or Academic Service:
- Co-director, Honors Program 2008-2016
- Organized, directed, and hosted 7 Sophia and Joseph Abeles Honors dialogues
- Founded the Michael Bobkoff Memorial Lecture on Holocaust Issues and directed and hosted the first three lectures.
- Faculty adviser to four clubs including Philosophia, the Honors Program Club
- Served on the Academics Committee, the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Committee, the Humanities Program Learning Outcomes Committee, the NEH Advisory Committee, the Advisement Task Force Committee, and the Honors Program ad hoc committee.
- Two distance learning fellowships
- Served on four search and screen committees
- Designed and taught four new philosophy courses
- Ford Fellowship Program Mentor
- Mentored eight students into the Beacon conference
- Mentored four students
- Over 20 formal talks to the college in various contexts like three WCC teach-ins, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Global Scholars, Philosophia, Future Educator’s of America, Sophia and Joseph Abeles Honors Dialogue, and WCC Cultural Arts.
- Taught four Collegium classes
- Wrote recommendations for two Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship winners
- Performed original solo piano and solo guitar works in a variety of contexts
- A member of the APA (American Philosophical Association), the William James Society, the Aesthetics Society, and the Phi Sigma Tau, The William Paterson University philosophy honors society.