Robert Paul Wolff, Professor Emeritus

Brief Bio
Robert Paul Wolff received a doctorate in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1957. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Massachusetts, where he has been a faculty member since 1971. He has published twenty-one books on the history of modern philosophy, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of education, economics, and Afro-American Studies. Among his best-known books are Kant's Theory of Mental Activity and In Defense of Anarchism, which has just been translated into Croatian, Korean, and Malaysian. In 1992, he was invited to join the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies to assist in the establishment of a doctoral program, which he has coordinated since it was established in 1996. Wolff is now the director of the new university- wide Program for Undergraduate Mentoring and Achievement which provides mentoring and instructional services to traditionally underrepresented students in their first year at UMass. In 2005 Wolff published Autobiography of an Ex-White Man, a meditation on the experience of joining an Afro-American Studies Department and what it taught him about America. In 1990, Wolff founded University Scholarships for South African Students, a charitable organization that offers financial aid to poor Black students studying at South Africa's historically Black universities and technikons.

Curriculum Vitae


Autobiography of an Ex-White Man
(Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2005)

About Philosophy, Ninth Edition (Prentice Hall, 2005)
Kant's Theory of Mental Activity: A Commentary on the Transcendental Analytic of the Critique of Pure Reason
(Harvard University Press, 1963)
In Defense of Anarchism
(rpt. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998)
About Philosophy
(Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 7th ed., 1998)
Moneybags Must Be So Lucky: On the Literary Structure of
(Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988)
The Autonomy of Reason: A Commentary on Kant's Groundwork
of the Metaphysics of Morals
(New York: Harper & Row, 1973)