When not commenting on world matters, the author is chair and professor of philosophy at Manhattan College. Formerly, professor of liberal arts and philosophy, and Director of Liberal Arts at The Juilliard School. Author and editor of several books on Social and Political Philosophy. Co-editor of the journal, Contemporary Pragmatism. In the summer of 2010 Stanford University Press published his latest book, Transcendence: On Self-Determination and Cosmopolitanism.
NOTE: The views expressed in postings are the author’s alone and do not reflect those of Manhattan College or The Juilliard School. (And just in case you were wondering, in the classroom I am nonpartisan about political parties.)
Several readers have asked about the origin of my last name, Aboulafia. My father’s family is Sephardic, descendants of the Jewish peoples who settled in what is today Spain and Portugal. (Sometimes the term Sephardic is used to refer to Jewish peoples who are from Middle Eastern countries.) My father’s ancestors spoke a form of Spanish known as Ladino, which combined Spanish and Hebrew. The name itself is probably derived from Arabic or Aramaic. I am told that it means father of well-being, vitality, or health. (So, I am not going to argue about it….)
Books authored or edited by Mitchell Aboulafia
Contemporary Pragmatism, edited by Mitchell Aboulafia and John Shook.