When not commenting on world matters, the author is professor emeritus of philosophy at Manhattan College. He has been chair of the Philosophy Department at Manhattan College, professor of liberal arts and philosophy and director of liberal arts at The Juilliard School, professor and head of philosophy at Penn State-University Park, professor and chair of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Denver, and director of graduate interdisciplinary programs in humanities and social science at the latter university. He is the author and editor of several books on Social and Political Philosophy, Social Theory, and Ethics. He has been the co-editor of the journal, Contemporary Pragmatism. Stanford University Press published his most recent book, Transcendence: On Self-Determination and Cosmopolitanism.
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. 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
Transcendence: On Self-Determination and Cosmopolitanism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010).
The Cosmopolitan Self: George Herbert Mead and Continental Philosophy (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2001, 2006).
The Mediating Self: Mead, Sartre, and Self-Determination (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986, 1992).
The Self-Winding Circle: A Study of Hegel’s System, in the series: Modern Concepts of Philosophy, founding editor, Marvin Farber (St. Louis: W. H. Green, 1982).
Habermas and Pragmatism, co-editor and contributor (London: Routledge Press, 2002).
Philosophy, Social Theory, and the Thought of George Herbert Mead, editor and contributor, in the series: Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Albany: SUNY Press, 1991).