Daniel Little

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Daniel Little
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Harvard University
Title Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Professor of Philosophy at University of Michigan-Dearborn

Daniel E. Little (born 1949) is the Chancellor for the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Professor of Philosophy. He also serves as professor of sociology[1] at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Daniel Little earned two undergraduate degrees in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1971 and a Ph.D in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977.

After his time at Harvard University, Little served in faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Wellesley College, Colgate University, and Bucknell University. He served as vice president for academic affairs at Bucknell University between 1996 and 2000. His areas of specialization and competence include the philosophy of social sciences, social and political philosophy, and Asian studies.

Aside from serving as chancellor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, he serves on the boards for New Detroit and City Year Detroit. He is an active scholar and has written and lectured extensively on the foundations of the social sciences. His 2003 book is The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty, a discussion of the ethical issues raised by economic development in the third world. In 2016 he published New Directions in the Philosophy of Social Science. He is actively involved in the metropolitan Detroit community and serves on several boards in Michigan concerned with civil rights, race relations, and improving inter-group understanding.


  • 1986 The Scientific Marx
  • 1989 Understanding Peasant China
  • 1991 Varieties of Social Explanation
  • 1995 On the Reliability of Economic Models (edited)
  • 1998 Microfoundations, Method, and Causation
  • 2003 The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty
  • 2010 New Contributions to the Philosophy of History
  • 2010 Future of Diversity: Academic Leaders Reflect on American Higher Education (edited with Satya Mohanty)
  • 2016 New Directions in the Philosophy of Social Science

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