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Michael White

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Emeritus Professor
Faculty, Tempe Campus,
Emeritus
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Affiliated Faculty, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Michael J. White’s work lies principally in the areas of history of philosophy, science and mathematics, especially during Greek and Roman antiquity, of formal logic, and of political philosophy and related areas of moral theory and jurisprudence. His recent interests include the history and theory of natural law and the interaction of this tradition with theology and with other jurisprudential traditions such as legal positivism. At the College of Law he teaches contemporary jurisprudence, Great Traditions in Jurisprudence (historical jurisprudence), and seminars on the natural law tradition, legal positivism, and other topics in jurisprudence.

White was formerly affiliated with the ASU Department of Philosophy, now housed in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, and joined the law faculty in 2004. He currently is affiliated with the history and philosophy of science program in ASU’s School of Life Sciences. He is the author of five books and the co-editor of a volume of philosophy essays, and has published more than 60 articles and chapters in scholarly publications.

In addition to his appointment at ASU, White has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Arizona, a fellow of the National Humanities Center, and the recipient of a research grant from the National Science Foundation.

Publications
  • White, Michael J. "What Makes Practical Reason Law-Like?". Villanova Law Review (2012).
  • White, Michael J. "Prenatal Human Enhancement and Issues of Responsibility". Building Better Humans? Refocusing the Debate on Transhumanism (2012).
  • Michael J. White. "Pluralism and Secularism in the Political Order: St. Augustine and Theoretical Liberalism. Augustine and Modern Law (2011).
  • Michael J. White. Ch. 2: "Stoicism and Punishment: Social Practices and Human Attitudes". The Philosophy of Punishment and History of Political Thought (2011).
  • White, Michael J. "The First Amendment's Religion Clauses: 'Freedom of Conscience' Versus Institutional Accommodation". San Diego Law Review (2010).
  • Michael J. White. "Augustinian Citizenship and the Moral Ideal of the Citizen". Journal of Catholic Social Thought (2009).
  • Michael J. White. Ch. 16: "Aristotle on the Infinite, Space, and Time". A Companion to Aristotle (2008).
  • Michael J. White. "Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Logic, Etc.,". (2008).
  • White, Michael Joe. The Disappearance of Natural Authority and the Elusiveness of Nonnatural Authority. Civilizing Authority: Society, State and Church (2007).
  • Michael White. On Doubling the Cube: Mechanics and Conics. Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science (2006).
  • . . Review of: Metaphysics as an Aristotelian Science (2006).
  • White, Michael Joe. Ch. 16: "Plato and Mathematics". A Companion to Plato (2006).
  • White, Michael Joe (Author) . Plato and Mathematics. Blackwell Companion to Plato (2006).
  • Michael White. Comments on Patrick Brennan's 'What Sin (and Grace) Can Teach Crime'. Punishment and Society (2004).
  • Michael White. The Problem of Aristotle's Nous Poietikos. The Review of Metaphysics (2004).
  • White, Michael Joe. Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction. (2004).
  • . . Review of: Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics (2004).
  • . . Review of: Leibniz's Metaphysics: Its Origins and Development (2004).
  • Michael White. George Sher. Beyond Neutrality: Pefectionism and Politics. International Studies in Philosophy (2003).
  • Michael White. Pluralism of Values and Civic Virtues in Contemporary Constitutional Democracies. Occasional Papers of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (2003).
  • Michael White. Stoic Natural Philosophy (Physics and Cosmology). The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (2003).
  • White, Michael Joe. Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction. (2003).
  • White, Michael Joe (Author) . Ch. 5: Stoic Natural Philosophy (Physics and Cosmology). The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (2003).
  • Michael White. Religion and the Common Good. The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies (2002).
  • Michael White. The Unclear, the Inconsequential, and Aristotelian Agency. International Philosophical Quarterly (2002).
  • Michael White. Steven D. Smith on Hart's Onion. Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal (0).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 591Seminar
HPS 591Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HPS 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HPS 322History of Science
HON 494Special Topics
PHI 590Reading and Conference
LAW 691Seminar
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 413Advanced Symbolic Logic
MAT 494Special Topics
HPS 494Special Topics
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 791Seminar
Presentations
  • White, Michael J. Homo Laborans: Work in Modern Catholic Social Teaching. 7th Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture (Sep 2012).
  • Michael J. White. Commentary on David O'Connor on Plato's 'Euthyphro'. 17th Annual Arizona Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy (Feb 2012).
  • White, Michael J. "Newton's _Principia Mathematica_: Mathematics but not Natural Philosophy?". History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) association's 2010 meeting, Budapest, Hungary (Jun 2010).
  • Michael J. White. "The First Amendment's Religion Clauses: 'Freedom of Conscience' Versus Instiutional Accommodation". Conference of Freedom of Conscience: Stranger in a Secular Land (Apr 2010).
  • White, Michael J. "The First Amendment's Religion Clauses: 'Freedom of Conscience' Versus Institutional Accommodation". Conference on Freedom of Conscience: Stranger in a Secular Land (Apr 2010).
  • Michael J. White. Comments on Scott Berman’s "Plato’s Metaphysics of Modality and the Sophist". 2009 Annual Conference on Ancient Philosophy: Plato's 'Sophist' and 'Statesman' (Feb 2009).
  • Michael J. White. Commentary on Scott Berman, "Plato's Metaphysics of Modality in the 'Sophist'". 14th Annual Arizona Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (Feb 2009).
  • Michael J. White. "Augustinian Citizenship and the 'Moral Ideal of the Citizen'". Villanova Law School Conference of Catholic Social Thought (Oct 2008).
  • White, Michael. Sextus on Causation. Symposium Hellenisticum, 2007: Sextus Empiricus and Ancient Physics (Aug 2007).
  • White, Michael. Author-Meets-Critics session on White, Michael. J. Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting --23 March 2006 (Mar 2006).
  • White, Michael. Descriptive and Revisionary Moral Theory: Democrats or Crusaders?. ASU Philosophy Department Colloquium -- Homecoming Event (Oct 2005).
  • White, Michael. Pythagorean vs. Non-Pythagorean Ancient Metamathematics. Sixth Annual Midwest Philosophy of Mathematics Workshop (Oct 2005).
  • White, Michael. Comments on Anthony A. Long, "Plutarch on Socrates' daimonion". Tenth Annual Arizona Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy" (Tucson, AZ) (Feb 2005).
  • White, Michael. The Disappearance of Natural Authority and the Elusiveness of Nonnatural Authority. Symposium: "Authority After Authoritarianism: Christian Contributions to Jurisprudence" (Nov 2004).
  • White, Michael. The Natural Law Theory of H. L. A. Hart. Faculty Colloquium at ASU College of Law (Apr 2004).
  • White, Michael. Commentary on Papers by Robert Holmes and Fernando Teson. War, Law, and Moralilty--conference held at ASU College of Law (Feb 2004).
  • White, Michael. Commentary on Scott LeBarge, 'Methodology and Epistemology at Odds in the Socratic Dialogues'. Ninth Annual Arizona Conference in Ancient Philosophy (Feb 2004).
  • White, Michael. Philosophical Problems with Euclid's Parallel Postulate and with the Translation of Figures. 'Focus Seminar' of joint philosophy/mathematics Ph.D. program
  • White, Michael. Commentary on Jean Porter's "Meaning, Intention, and the Purpose of Law: Judicial Interpretation in a Natural Law Context". The Judicial Office in Our Constitutional Democracy: Avoiding Dogmatism in a Disputed Question
  • White, Michael, Ritchie, Barry, Vermaas, Willem. First Philosophy and Natural Science: A Division of Labor. Science Cafe: Evolution and Faith