Daniel N. Robinson

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Daniel N. Robinson
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Born March 9, 1937
Residence Middletown, Maryland, United States
Citizenship United States
Fields Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Law
History of Psychology
Institutions University of Oxford
Georgetown University
Alma mater B.A. Colgate University
Ph.D. City University of New York (Neuropsychology)
Notable awards Lifetime Achievement Award (American Psychological Association, Division of the History of Psychology)
Distinguished Contribution Award (American Psychological Association, Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology),Distinguished Alumni Award (2009), Graduate Center, City Univ. New York <http://www.gc.cuny.edu/News/Commencements/Detail?id=5442> Joseph Gittler Award (American Psychological Association

Daniel N. Robinson (born March 9, 1937) is a philosopher who is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Georgetown University and a Fellow of the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University.


Robinson has published in a wide variety of subjects, including moral philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, legal philosophy, the philosophy of the mind, intellectual history, legal history, and the history of psychology. He has held academic positions at Amherst College, Georgetown University, Princeton University, and Columbia University. In addition, he served as the principal consultant to PBS and the BBC for their award-winning series "The Brain" and "The Mind". He is on the Board of Consulting Scholars of Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions [1] and is a Senior Fellow of BYU's Wheatley Institution [2]. In 2011 he received the Gittler Award from the American Psychological Association for significant contributions to the philosophical foundations of Psychology.(http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/06/apf.aspx)


This is a representative but not complete list of published books and articles:

  • The Enlightened Machine: An Analytical Introduction to Neuropsychology. Columbia University Press, New York (1980).
  • An Intellectual History of Psychology. Macmillan, New York (1976). [Edition in Spanish]
  • Systems of Modern Psychology: A Critical Sketch. Columbia University Press, New York (1979).
  • Psychology and Law: Can Justice Survive the Social Sciences? Oxford University Press, New York (1980).
  • Toward a Science of Human Nature: Essays on the Psychologies of Hegel, Mill, Wundt and James. Columbia University Press, New York (1982).
  • The Wonder of Being Human: Our Mind and Our Brain. Free Press, New York (1984); written with Sir John Eccles.
  • Philosophy of Psychology. Columbia University Press, New York (1985).
  • Aristotle's Psychology. Columbia University Press, New York (1989)
  • An Intellectual History of Psychology. Third Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995; London: Arnold Publishing, 1995.
  • Wild Beasts and Idle Humours: The Insanity Defense from Antiquity to the Present. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.
  • The Mind: An Oxford Reader. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Praise and Blame: Moral Realism and Its Applications. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.
  • Consciousness and Mental Life. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008
  • How is Nature Possible? Kant's Project in the First Critique. London: Continuum, 2012
  • "Visual reaction time and the human alpha rhythm". Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1966, 71, 16-25.
  • "Disinhibition of visually masked stimuli". Science, 1966, 154, 157-158
  • "Visual discrimination of temporal order". Science, 1967, 156,1263-1264
  • "Visual disinhibition with binocular and interocular presentations". Journal of the Optical Society of America, 1968, 58, 254-257.
  • "Critical flicker fusion with solid and annular stimuli". Science, 1970, 167, 207-208.
  • "Therapies: A clear and present danger". American Psychologist, 1973,28,129-133.
  • "What sort of persons are hemispheres? Another look at the 'Split brain' man". British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 1976, (March), 73-78.
  • "Cerebral plurality and the unity of self". American Psychologist, 1982,37, 904-910.
  • "On reasons and causes". Annals of Theoretical Psychology, 1984, 2,157-163.
  • "Ethics and advocacy". American Psychologist, 1984, 39, 787 793.
  • "Antigone's Defense: A critical study of 'Natural Law Theory'". Review of Metaphysics, 1991, 45, 363-392.
  • "Is there a Jamesian tradition in Psychology?" American Psychologist, 1993, 48, 338-343.
  • "Therapy as Theory and as Civics". Theory and Psychology, 1997,7(5),697-703.
  • "Fitness for the Rule of Law".Review of Metaphysics, 1999, vol. 52,pp. 539–554.
  • “On the evident, the self-evident and the (merely) observed”.American Journal of Jurisprudence, 2002, vol 47, pp. 197–210.
  • "Jefferson and Adams on the Mind-Body Problem". History of Psychology,2003, vol. 6, pp. 227–238
  • “How religious experience ‘works’: Jamesian pragmatism and its warrants”. Review of Metaphysics. 2003, vol. 56, pp. 357–372
  • “Consciousness: The First Frontier”. Theory & Psychology (2010) Vol. 20 (6): 781-793
  • “Do the people of the United States form a nation? James Wilson’s theory of rights”. International Journal of Constitutional Law, (2010) Vol. 8, No.2, pp. 287–297

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