Gary R. Mar

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Gary R. Mar is an American philosopher specializing in Logic, the Philosophy of Mathematics, contemporary analytic philosophy, Asian American Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion . He was the last dissertation student of the 20th century logician Alonzo Church and currently teaches at Stony Brook University.

Gary Mar is co-author with Donald Kalish and Richard Montague of Logic: Techniques of Formal Reasoning (second edition). He is also co-author of The Philosophical Computer with Patrick Grim and Paul St. Denis. An article on the fractal images in the semantics of paradox is contained in Logic, Meaning and Computation: Essays in Memory of Alonzo Church. This work has been discussed by Ian Stewart ('A Partly True Story,' in Scientific American(Feb. 1993),110-112). This research was also presented at the Kurt Gödel Centenary Symposium, Horizons of Truth at the University of Vienna in April 2006.

Gary Mar is the founding director of the Stony Brook Philosophy Department Logic Lab at Stony Brook and the founding director of the Asian American Center at Stony Brook, after being the catalyst for the donation of the Charles B. Wang Asian American Center at Stony Brook University, which at that time was the largest donation in the history of the public education system in New York State.

In 2003 he hosted a graduate seminar with Noam Chomsky through the President's Rotating Stars Program, and in 2005 he was instrumental in the awarding of an honorary doctorate awarded the documentary filmmaker Loni Ding, whose landmark series Ancestors in the Americas [1] is the only in-depth documentary on the history of Asians in the Americas.

Gary Mar has been the recipient of the Chancellor’s and President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993), the Alumni Association Outstanding Professor Award (1995), a Pew Foundation Research Fellowship (1995-1996), and Stony Brook’s Academy of Scholar-Teachers (1996).

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Books
  • Logic: Techniques of Formal Reasoning(second edition), co-authored with Donald Kalish and Richard Montague (HBJ, 1980, republished by Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • The Philosophical Computer: Exploratory Essays in Philosophical Computer Modeling co-authored with Patrick Grim and Paul St. Denis (M.I.T. Press, 1998)
Selected articles on logic, philosophical logic and game theory
  • 'Gödel Incompleteness, Complexity and Chaos', proceedings from the Kurt Gödel Centenary Symposium, Senate Hall, University of Vienna, April 28-29th, 2006, Collegium Logicum of the Kurt Gödel Society.
  • 'Church’s Theorem and Randomness, Logic, Meaning and Computation: Essays In Memory of Alonzo Church,' edited by C. Anthony Anderson and Mikhail Zeleny, Kluwer Academic Publishers: Netherlands, 2001, 479-90.
  • 'Evolutionary Game Theory, Morality and Darwinism,' a commentary on Brian Skyrm’s paper in Evolutionary Origins of Morality: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, edited by Leonard D. Katz, Imprint Academic, 2000.
  • 'What the Liar Taught Achilles,' The Journal of Philosophical Logic, vol. 28, 1999, 29-46.
  • 'Chaos in Cooperation: Continuous-Valued Prisoner’s Dilemmas in Infinite-Valued Logic,' in the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, no. 4 (1994), 943-958.
  • 'Real Life' in the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, vol. 6, no. 11, 1996, 2077-2086.
  • 'Pattern and Chaos: New Images in the Semantics of Paradox,' in Noûs. vol. XXV (Dec. 1991), 659-693.
Selected articles on Asian American philosophy
  • Editor, 'Approaching the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Through Asian American Eyes', American Philosophical Association Newsletter, Committee on the Status of Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, vol. 10, no. 2, Spring 2011, with articles by George Lipsitz, “Affinities, Affiliations, and Alliances: Why Asian American Perspectives Matter Now”, Mary Watkins, “The Shame of Forcibly Displacing Others: 9/11 and the Criminalization of Immigration”, and Gary Okihiro, “The Alien: Reflections on the Border Ten Years After 9/11”.
  • 'Angel Island Reflections,' American Philosophical Association Newsletter, Committee on the Status of Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, vol. 10, no. 1, Fall 2010.
  • 'New Media and New Pedagogy in Asian American Studies: Strategies for Transforming Knowledge into a Pedagogy of Empowerment', American Philosophical Association Newsletter, Committee on the Status of Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies, vol. 3, no. 1, Fall 2003, 19-32.
  • 'What Does Asian American Studies Have to Do With Philosophy?', American Philosophical Association Newsletter, Committee on the Status of Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, vol. 2, no. 2, Spring 2003, 27-30.
Selected articles in the philosophy of religion
  • 'The Modal Unity of Anselm’s Proslogion,' in Faith and Philosophy, vol. 13, no. 1 (Jan. 1996), 50-67.
  • 'Why ‘Cantorian’ Arguments Against the Existence of God Do Not Work', in the International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. XXXIII (Dec. 1993), 429-442.
  • 'What Euthyphro Couldn’t Have Said,' in Faith and Philosophy no. 4 (July 1987), 241-261.

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