Thomas E. Wartenberg
213B Skinner Hall
Mount Holyoke College

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1978
Appointed at Mount Holyoke, 1984

Prior Teaching Appointments:

Hampshire College, 1983-84
Duke University, 1977-83

Areas of Interest:

Philosophy of Film, Aesthetics, Kant and post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, Philosophy for Children, Social Theory

Current Research:

Book Manuscript tentatively entitled, Philosophy Screened: Films as Thought Experiments; special edition of the Journal of Aesthetic and Art Criticism on “Film as Philosophy,” with Murray Smith; issues in philosophy for children

Selected Publications:

The Forms of Power: From Domination to Transformation (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990).

Rethinking Power (Albany: SUNY Press, 1992). Editor.

Philosophy and Film (New York and London: Routledge, 1995). Co-Editor, with Cynthia Freeland.

Unlikely Couples: Movie Romance as Social Criticism (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999).

What is Art? (Fort Worth, Texas: Harcourt Brace, 2002). Editor.

The Philosophy of Film: An Anthology and Readings (Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2005). Co-editor with Angela Curran.

“Teaching Philosophy through Teaching Philosophy Teaching,” Teaching Philosophy Vol. 26 No. 3 (September 2003), pp. 283-297.

“The Philosophy of Film,” Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (2004).

Passions of the Christ: Do Christians and Jews See the Same Film?” in Mel Gibson’s Passion, Jorge Gracia, ed. (Chicago: Open Court, 2004), pp. 79-89.

Teaching Children Philosophy , dvd, with Kelly Albrecht, 2004.


Fulbright Fellowship, NEH Fellowship, Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, University of Kent-Canterbury