Bruce A. Aune


Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1960
Appointed at UMass: 1966

Prior Teaching Appointments:

Instructor in Philosophy, Oberlin College, 1960-62.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 1963-65.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Summer, 1965.
Associate Professor of Philosophy (with tenure), University of Pittsburgh, 1965-66.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Visiting Research Professor, University of Minnesota and Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, Fall, 1965.
Professor of Philosophy and Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1966-71.
Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1966-.
Professor and Acting Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1975-76.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Mt Holyoke College, Fall, 1976.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Union College, Spring, 1978.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Smith College, Spring, 1980.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Amherst College, Fall, 1983.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Mt Holyoke College, Spring, 1983.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, University of California at Riverside, Winter and Spring Quarters, 1985.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College, Winter and Spring Terms, 1987.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College, Summer, 1990.
Graduate Program Director, Department of Philosophy, UMass, Amherst, AY 1993-4.


John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1963-64;
Resident Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1974-75.
Director, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Summer, 1977.
Delivered Chancellor's Lecturer and awarded Chancellor's Medal "for exemplary and extraordinary service to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst," November 16, 1981.
Fulbright Lecturer on American Philosophy (topic: The Thought of C.S. Peirce), La Trobe University, Australia, Summer, 1982.
Finalist, Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Massachusetts, 1990.

Areas of interest:

Epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ancient Greek philosophy

Current Research:

I have  just finished a new book, An Empiricist Theory of Knowledge, which is available on-line along with the papers listed below.

Selected Publications:

Knowledge, Mind, and Nature (New York: Random House, 1967; repr. by Ridgeview Publishing Co., Atascadero, CA), pp. 296. [Reviewed ca 1968 in e.g. Philosophical Review, Mind.]

Rationalism, Empiricism, and Pragmatism (New York: Random House, 1970; reissue McGraw-Hill), pp. 190. [Reviewed ca 1971 in e.g. Review Of Metaphysics.] Translated into Korean by Sangbok Seo and published in Korea.

Reason and Action, originally published by Reidel, 1978, but now available from Humanities On Line [Reviewed e.g. in Nous, Philosophical Review, Mind, Philosophical Quarterly, BJPS]

Kant's Theory of Morals (Princeton University Press, 1980), pp. 218. [Reviewed e.g. in Times Lit Supp, Philosophical Review.]

Metaphysics: The Elements (University of Minnesota Press, 1985), pp. xiv + 236. [Selected as one of the Outstanding Academic Books from the total reviewed in its pages during 1986 by Choice magazine, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Also translated into Korean
by Halla Kim and published in Korea.]

Knowledge of the External World (London: Routledge, 1990), Pp. xiv + 242. [Reviewed Mind, Philosophical Books.]

Some Recent Articles:

"Speaking of Selves," Philosophical Quarterly, 44 (1994), 279-293.

"Chisholm on States of Affairs and Reference," in Lewis E. Hahn, ed., The Philosophy of Roderick Chisholm (LaSalle, Illinois: Open Court, Library of Living Philosophers, 1997), pp. 343-360.

"Haack's Evidence and Inquiry" (invited critical article), Philos. and Phen. Research, LVI , No. 3 (1996), 6 pages.

"The Unity of Plato's Republic," Ancient Philosophy, 17 (1997), 1-18.

On-Line Works:

"Feigl and the Development of Analytic Philosophy at the University of Minnesota"

"Punctuation and Syntax"

"Plato's Objections to Mimetic Art"

An Empiricist Theory of Knowledge
(This book is available as a low-cost paperback on my author's page at

Formal Logic and Practical Reason