Joseph S. Freedman

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For those of a similar name, see Joseph Friedman and Joseph Freeman (disambiguation).

Joseph S. Freedman (born 1946)[1] is Professor of Education at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. His area of research is philosophy and teaching methods in Central Europe from 1500 to 1700, and he publishes extensively on the history of philosophy and history of education. Trained and certified in library science, he is also Assistant Professor of Library Media at ASU.[2] Freedman teaches in K–12 settings and organizes teleconferences and panels on topics pertaining to K-12 education, librarianship, history, and philosophy.[3][4]


Freedman received his B.A. in History[3] 1969, his MA in History[3] in 1972, and his PhD in History in 1982, all from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] His PhD dissertation focused on philosophy and philosophical issues in historical perspective, together with the history of education.[3]

Freedman has held professorships at Trinity College, Dublin in 2001 and at Uppsala University in 2002. He was a fellow at the University of Leiden from 2003 to 2004 and at the Johannes a Lasko Bibliothek in Emden in 2005. He has also worked as a librarian, bibliographer, and university archivist.[1][4]

At Alabama State University he lectures on trends in education, the philosophy of education, and librarianship.[4] He has published extensively on topics pertaining to the history of Christianity, education, and philosophy,[4] and is a frequent presenter at conferences on the philosophy of education.[3] He is the General Advisor of the Philosophy and the Liberal Arts in the Early Modern Period series published by IDC Publishers,[5] which contains microfiches of rare materials pertaining to the history of arts, education, philosophy and the sciences.

In 1990 Freedman earned a Masters degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan, which included certification in archival management.[1][3] He worked professionally in the field of library management for 10 years,[3] including work in more than 200 libraries and archives in the United States and Europe in preparation for his IDC series Philosophy and the Liberal Arts in the Early Modern Period.[5] From 2005 to 2006, Freedman was the Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee Chair for the Southeastern Library Association.[6]

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Selected articles[edit]

  • ""Professionalization" and "Confessionalization": The Place of Physics, Philosophy, and Arts Instruction at Central European Academic Institutions during the Reformation Era". Early Science and Medicine 6 (4): 334–352. 2001. doi:10.1163/157338201x00181. JSTOR 4130320. 


  1. ^ a b c d "Bibliography of Joseph S. Freedman on Philosophy in Central Europe (1500–1700)". Theory and History of Ontology. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Macchia, Jr., Peter; Freedman, Joseph S. (Summer 2004). "From Isolation to Communication: The Use of Internet Forums to Build a Learning Community among Library Interns". Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 45 (3): 200–209. JSTOR 40323887. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Alabama State University Faculty Roster Form: Qualifications of Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty". Alabama State University. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Biography". Speakermatch. 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Prof. Joseph S. Freedman (General Advisor)". IDC Publishers. 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Southeastern Library Association Leadership Directory, 2005–2006". Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 

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