Welcome. You've landed on Dr. Eric Thomas Weber's homepage. I am associate professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi. Since June of 2010 I am also a freelance columnist for The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, MS, the state's major newspaper. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2007 and have been teaching since 2002. I serve as Executive Director of the Society of Philosophers in America, whose Web site you can visit by clicking here. In July of 2011, I began serving as Chair of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Public Philosophy, whose Web site you can visit here.
As a scholar, teacher, and citizen, I make the greatest use I can of philosophical inquiry and clear, persuasive communication for the advancement of freedom, opportunity, and respect for my fellow citizens in a number of areas. These include quality public education and life opportunities for poor and disabled persons. I study and write about intelligent, democratic inquiry into the practices and principles of ethical and visionary leadership. My writing, teaching, and public engagements all relate to these goals in one way or another.
I have put this site together in order to post information for students, scholars, news writers, and community leaders. Information about my research can be found under the "Writings" link at the top of this page. For my curriculum vitae, visit the "Bio" page. For information about my teaching experience, current courses, and students' success, visit the "Teaching" link. For information on my efforts to connect my research with projects and organizations beyond my university, visit my "Public Engagement" page. To follow me on Twitter, click here or on the logo on the right. Connect with me also on LinkedIn and Academia.edu. You can now also follow me on Facebook:
In this section, I am excited to announce a number of projects and engagements that have gone well in the last year. These items are listed from most recent to oldest. I also catalog much of this stuff in the content of my other Web pages linked to at the top of this page. Here below is just some recent work and results.
In January of 2014, I was honored to find out that I was voted "Teacher of the Month" by the University of Mississippi's chapter of the Lambda Sigma Honors Society. Along with a mug and a gift certificate to the Bottletree Bakery of Oxford, they kindly gave me a nice coffee mug, on right.
In December of 2013, The Tehran Times published an interview I gave them titled "Modernity Is Not 'Anti-Religious': Weber," on December 14, 2013, p. 12.
In November of 2013, Lexington Books released my third book, Democracy and Leadership: On Pragmatism and Virtue. The cover features a beautiful painting by Ashley Cecil (www.AshleyCecil.com). I've posted more information about the book here, as well as on PublicReason.net. NEW: 30% discount with code from the publisher, available here.
I've enjoyed a few trips and am looking forward to a few more that are in planning stages, all to give talks about Democracy and Leadership. I've already completed the first three trips, one at the University of New Orleans in March and the next was at Bemidji State University in September (each mentioned in more detail below). Next, I gave a few talks on a trip to Saint Louis, MO.
The first of the talks in Saint Louis was at Webster University on November 21st (announcement here) and the second was at the Meramec Campus of the Saint Louis Community College system on the 22nd.
Finally, I've got two forthcoming trips to talk about the project. First, I'll be heading to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ in January of 2014, where I'll be meeting with the Business School as well as the Philosophy in the Public Interest program. Then, I will be heading to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA, in April of 2014.
On November 1st, 2013, the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA) hosted a symposium in Oxford, MS, on the question "Should Everyone Go to College?" The meeting was a great success. We had four great panelists weigh in on the debate in very different ways. They included Dr. Amy Wells Dolan of the University of Mississippi's School of Education, Dr. Bertha Manninen of Arizona State University, Dr. Tommy Curry of Texas A&M University, and Dr. Chris Surprenant of the University of New Orleans. The poster for the event is here on the right. You can see a larger version by clicking on the photo or by clicking here.
The talented Phillip Waller took many photos of the event and will soon have those to me. For now, he sent me one photo, which is here on right, and which you can click on to see a larger version. For more information about this symposium, click on its name here above or click here. For more information on the organization, visit SOPHIA's main Web site here.
As I said, I was honored to be invited to Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN, to give the opening talk in their Leadership Series, on September 20, 2013. My talk was titled "On Democracy and Leadership: Resolving Tensions and Guiding Definitions."
On July 29, 2013, The Tehran Times published an interview with me about morality, which they titled "Different Times Can Call for Different Moral Theories: Weber." The interview was published on page 7 of the newspaper. For an adobe PDF version of the interview, either click on the title or on the thumbnail photo on the right.
In July of 2013, I learned of a review of my second book, Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy, which was published in June. It was by Eugene Baron in the journal, Ethical Perspectives 20, Issue 2. The review is available here as an Adobe PDF file or by clicking on the thumbnail photo here.
Since July of 2013, I am now a tenured associate professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi.
In June of 2013, my 2012 piece in William James Studies was released, after an unavoidable delay in publication. The article is called "James's Critiques of the Freudian Unconscious - 25 Years Earlier," and was published in Volume 9, on pages 94-119.
Also in June of 2013, I received my copies of Dr. Shane Ralston's edited volume, Philosophical Pragmatism and International Relations, released by Lexington Books. My essay for the volume served as chapter one, titled "On Pragmatism and International Relations," is on pages 25-49.
In May of 2013, I published an op-ed with The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, MS, titled "Violence Taught when Corporal Punishment Used." The piece was published on May 14, 2013, on page 9, and is available in an online version as an Adobe PDF file here.
I am excited to report that the Mississippi Expectations Project team has been invited to submit a proposal for partnering with GEAR UP Mississippi, a federally funded program whose name stands for "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs." GEAR UP is funded through the U.S. Department of Education and is housed with Mississippi's Institutes for Higher Learning.
I was honored also in April 2013 to receive endorsements for Democracy and Leadership from Governor William Winter of Mississippi (1972-1946 & 1980-1984, photo on right) and from Dean Skip Rutherford of the Clinton School of Public Service. You can read the endorsements on my page about the book here.
In March of 2013, I got the big news from the Chancellor that the University of Mississippi will be promoting me to the rank of associate professor of Public Policy Leadership, beginning July 1. The Chancellor wrote me a second letter explaining that that he is recommending me to Mississippi's Institutes for Higher Learning board for tenure.
On March 22 of 2013, I gave an invited presentation at the University of New Orleans for the Alexis de Tocqueville Project on Democratic Ideals and Institutions. My talk was titled "Adapting Plato's Cardinal Virtues for Democratic Leadership," and was a presentation about my forthcoming book, Democracy and Leadership.
Also in March of 2013, Richard Cotter posted a careful and challenging review of Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy on Academia.edu, noting that the piece is forthcoming in a 2013 issue of Political Studies Review. Click here or on the thumbnail photo on the right to visit my page about the book for more details and a link to the review.
In February of 2013, The Tehran Times published an interview in which reporter Javad Heiran-Nia asked me to comment on the subject of the Enlightenment and the West. The piece is titled "Feeling of Certainty Is Dangerous for Religion and Science: Weber," Tehran Times, February 11, 2013, 7.
In January of 2013, I received two bits of good news from the University of Mississippi. First, the College of Liberal Arts has granted me a Summer Research Award for the summer of 2013. I'm very grateful for that. Next, the university has accepted my application for a Sabbatical Leave Award, which will start in January of 2014 and end in December of 2014. Over the course of both, I will be working on my next book project, to complete A Culture of Justice: On Fairness and Pragmatism. As that project develops, I will be working with a team of scholars at the university on the Mississippi Expectations Project, seeking grant support for our plans, and, I hope, implementing and testing our ideas.
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