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Altshuler, Roman

Assistant Professor
Philosophy & Government
Old Main 311
  • Biography
    Hailing from Rhode Island, Dr. Altshuler got his A.B. in Philosophy from Harvard University before moving on to SUNY Stony Brook for his Doctoral degree, with a two-year research stay in Wuppertal and Köln in Germany to study the work of Kant and Heidegger. In graduate school, his interests focused especially on Kant and Heidegger as their work pertains to understanding agency and free will. Since then, he has also taken up research on the philosophy of death and the meaning of life, and has recently gone on to explore the ways in which the need for meaning in life can explain the rise of nationalism around the world.
  • Research Interests
    Ethics, Existentialism, Philosophy of Action and Free Will, Philosophy of Death, Nationalism and Multiculturalism
  • Publications
    "Agency, Narrative, and Mortality" in Luca Ferrero (ed.), Routledge Handbook for the Philosophy of Agency, Routledge, 2022.

    "The Significance of Future Generations" in Michael Cholbi & Travis Timmerman (eds.), Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, Routledge, 2021.

    "Meaning, Identity, and Ethnonationalism" Philosophy and Public Issues 10 (2). 2020.

    "Bootstrapping the Afterlife" Journal of Moral Philosophy 14 (2). 2017.

    Time and the Philosophy of Action (book edited with Michael J. Sigrist), Routledge. 2016.