Berkeley College  Jonathan Weidenbaum

Jonathan Weidenbaum

Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Liberal Arts


B.A., University of Albany
Ph.D., University of Buffalo

Professional and Teaching Experience

  • Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, January 2005 – present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Departments of Philosophy and Critical Thinking, LaGuardia Community College, September 2012 – present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Hofstra University, September 2004 – December 2004
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Philosophy, Nassau Community College, September 2002 – August 2004
  • Adjunct Faculty, Departments of Philosophy and Religion, Hofstra University, September 2000 – May 2002
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Philosophy, University of Buffalo, April 2000 – August 2000

Presentations, Publications, and Research

  • “Achieving Purpose in an Open Cosmos: The Continuing Relevance of William James for Relational and Interpersonal Theory,” in Making our Ideas Clear: Pragmatism in Psychoanalysis (Information Age Publishing, 2015).
  • “Alterity, Transcendence, and the One: Levinas and the Perennial Philosophy,” Annual Meeting of the North American Levinas Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 2013
  • “William James’s Argument for a Finite Theism,” in Models of God and Alternative Other Ultimate Realities (Springer Publishing, 2013)
  • “The Self, the Other, and the Creative Advance: How a Whiteheadian Psychology can Integrate Interpersonal, Existential and Dialogical Accounts of Personal Development,” Whitehead Psychology Nexus Workshop, Fontarèches, France, April 2013
  • “John Dewey Meets the Man from Another Place: Film, Embodied Aesthetics and Religion,” 15th Annual International Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media, Puebla, Mexico, February 2013

Awards and Recognitions

  • Faculty of the Year Award, Berkeley College, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, North American Levinas Society
  • Advisory Board, Society for Phenomenology and Media

Other Skills, Interests, and Activities

  • Avid traveler who spent entire 2011 sabbatical in China; his third trip to India was in 2013. These experiences regularly enter into his teaching and writing – as does the heavily international nature of the student body.

Interview Topics

Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Cinema, Asian Philosophies, Classical American Philosophy

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