Gerald D. Doppelt

G. Doppelt


Office: H&SS 7013

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1969.

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I have taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1966-73) and as a visiting lecturer at U.C. Berkeley and the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. My two main areas of philosophical interest are the philosophy of science and political theory. In my Ph.D. thesis and subsequent research, I have been concerned with the conflicts between empiricist, historicist, and pragmatic conceptions of science (including social science), especially concerning the role of observational data in validation. My research interests in political theory focus on developing a philosophical dialogue between liberal and radical conceptions of social justice and social theory itself. This also involves an interest in explicating Marxism as a distinctive approach to philosophical problems such as that of fact-value, knowledge-ideology, and normative ethics.

As a teacher, I have been concerned to develop a humanistic way of teaching philosophy that helps students understand and think critically about their society, and their lives within it. I try to explicate that dimension of philosophical theories which reflects and bears on concrete problems in a society's form of culture, political organization, and daily social life. My teaching interests focus on the liberal political tradition (Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Rawls, and Nozick), Marx and Western Marxism, and contemporary theories of physical and social science.

Examples of Publications:


  1. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Dretske’s Conception of Perception and Knowledge,” Philosophy of Science 40 (3) (1973), pp. 433–446. (14 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  2. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Incorrigibility, the Mental, and Materialism,” Philosophy Research Archives III (2) (1977). (49 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  3. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Kuhn’s Epistemological Relativism: An Interpretation and Defense,” Inquiry, Spring 1978, Vol. 31/1, pp. (54 pages). RESEARCH ARTICLE
  4. Reprinted in Relativism: Cognitive and Moral, ed. Mr. Krause and J. Meiland, University of Notre Dame,
  5. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Incorrigibility and the Mental,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, May 1978, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 3–20. (18 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  6. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Walzer’s Theory of Morality in International Relations,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 1, Fall, 1978, pp. 3–27. (25 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  7. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Are Phenomenologist Beliefs Certain?” International Studies in Philosophy, 1978–1979. (40 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  8. Doppelt, Gerald D. "The Austin-Malcolm Argument for the Incorrigibility of Perceptual Reports,” Dialectica, Vol. 33, No. 1, 1979, pp. 60–75. (16 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  9. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Statism without Foundations,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 4, Summer 1980, pp. 398–403. (6 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  10. Doppelt, Gerald D. "A Reply to Siegel on Kuhnian Relativism,” Inquiry 23, 1980, pp. 117–123. (7 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  11. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Rawls’ System of Justice: A Critique from the Left,” Noûs, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 1981, pp. 259–309. (51 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  12. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Laudan’s Pragmatic Alternative to Positivism and Historicism,” Inquiry, 24, 1981, pp. 253–71. (19 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  13. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Relativism and Recent Pragmatic Theories of Scientific Rationality,” Scientific Explanation and Understanding: Essays on Reasoning and Rationality in Science, ed. N. Rescher, co-published by University of Pittsburgh, Center for Philosophy of Science with University Press of America, 1983, pp. 106–142. (36 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  14. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Conflicting Social Paradigms of Human Freedom and The Problem of Justification,” Inquiry 27, 1984, pp. 51–86. (36 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  15. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Finocchiaro on Rational Explanation,” SYNTHESE (1984), pp. 1–4. (4 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  16. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Modernity and Conflict,” Analysis and Critique, No. 2 (West Germany, December, 1985), pp. 206-233. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  17. Doppelt, Gerald D. $ldquo;Technology and the Humanization of Work,” Moral Rights in the Workplace, ed. Gertrude Ezorsky. State University of New York Press, 1987, (7 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  18. Doppelt, Gerald D. $ldquo;The Philosophical Requirements for an Adequate Conception of Scientific Rationality,” Philosophy of Science, Vol. 55, No. 1, (March, 1988), pp. 104–133. (29 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  19. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Relativism and the Reticulational Model of Scientific Rationality,” SYNTHESE 69, pp. 225–252. (27 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  20. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Rawls’ Kantian Ideal and the Viability of Modern Liberalism,” Inquiry, 31, pp. 413–449. (35 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  21. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Is Rawls’ Kantian Liberalism Coherent and Defensible?,” Ethics (July, 1989, Vol. 99, No. 4). (52 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  22. Doppelt, Gerald D. "The Naturalistic Conception of Methodological Standards in Science: A Critique,” forthcoming Philosophy of Science, Vol. 57, No. 1, March, 1990, pp. 1–19. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  23. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism: Towards a Critical Theory of Social Justice,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 1989. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  24. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Sterba’s $lsquo;Ism’s’: A Critique From Below,” Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 3. (40 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  25. Doppelt, Gerald D. "The Moral Limits of Feinberg’s Liberalism,” Inquiry, 36, pp. 255–286. (31 pages) RESEARCH ARTICLE
  26. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Is there a Multicultural Liberalism?" 41 Inquiry, 223, pp. 236–238, 1998. REVIEW DISCUSSION ARTICLE
  27. Doppelt, Gerald D. " Liberalism, Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Identity," Applied Ethics: Proceedings of the 21st International Wittgenstein Symposium, eds. Peter Kampits, Karoly Kokay, and Anja Weiberg, Vienna: Verlag Holder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1999. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  28. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Incommensurability and the Normative Foundations of Scientific Knowledge," forthcoming in Incommensurability and Related Matters: Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, eds. H. Sankey and P. Hoynigen-Huene, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  29. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Illiberal Cultures and GroupRights: A Critique of Multiculturalism in Kymlicka, Taylor, and Nussbaum," Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, Vol. 12, No. 2. (32 pages), 2002. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  30. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Can Traditional Ethical Theory meet the Challenge of Environmentalism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism?" forthcoming The Journal of Ethics, October 2002. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  31. Doppelt, Gerald D. "The Theory of Justice from a Gadamerian Perspective," forthcoming Inquiry, (36 pages), September 2003. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  32. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Equality and the Digital Divide," forthcoming Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, 2002–2003. RESEARCH ARTICLE
  33. Doppelt, Gerald D. "Does the Extension of Democratic Decision-making Imply Social Justice?" Inquiry, Issue 44, pp. 359–384, 2001. REVIEW DISCUSSION ARTICLE
  34. Doppelt, Gerald D. "What Sort of Ethics Does Technology Require?" The Journal of Ethics, pp. 155–175, 2001. RESEARCH ARTICLE


  1. Doppelt, Gerald D. Realism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction. By Robert Kirk. London and New York: Routledge, 1999, pp ix, 180. Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth. By Stathis Psillos. London and New York: Routledge, 1999. pp xiii, 300, forthcoming, Philosophical Review, BOOK REVIEW
  2. Doppelt, Gerald D. "University-Industry Relations and the Integrity of the Academy," Proceedings of the President's Retreat: The University of California's Relationships with Industry in Research and Technology Transfer, Regents of the University of California, pp. 43–49, 1997. POLICY REPORT


  1. Doppelt, Gerald. D. "Realism Unrealized: A Critique of Current Realism as the Best Explanation of the Success of Science," under review.
  2. Doppelt, Gerald D. "The Value-Ladeness of Scientific Knowledge," in Value Free Science: Ideal or Illusion?, eds. John Dupre, Harold Kincaid, and Alison Wylie, accepted for publication.