Gary Lane Herstein
A native of Southern California, Gary Herstein has lived in Illinois for most of the past thirty years. He received his BA in philosophy from Occidental College in Los Angeles, his MA in interdisciplinary studies from DePaul University in Chicago in 1992, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from SIU Carbondale in 2005. He is presently working on issues relating to the philosophy of logic and science, within the framework of classical American philosophy and process metaphysics.
BiographyDr. Herstein's career originally began in the computer and high-tech industries. This included spending several years in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Space Flight Operations Facility During the Voyager 2 encounter at Jupiter, and the Voyagers 1 and 2 encounters at Saturn. While it was thrilling to see the first high-resolution images slowly scrolling across the monitors in Mission Control, Herstein was also impressed the numerous issues regarding the maintenance of the computer systems there. Often times, technicians would have no idea why a piece of equipment was malfunctioning, or how it came to be fixed. A phrase he coined at the time went, "we might as well sacrifice a goat by the full moon and burn the entrails." This very practical experience became his introduction to the philosophical problem of knowledge.
Dr. Herstein continued to work full time at JPL as he put himself through college. But having graduated with his BA in philosophy, he eventually discovered that he still had questions that needed a higher level of scholarly understanding than he could get on his own. This eventually led him to Chicago, where he completed his Master's work, and finally to Carbondale, IL, where he earned his Ph.D.
Dr. Herstein currently resides in Johnston City with his cat, who despairs of him ever learning anything interesting.
BA, Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1984
MA, DePaul University, Chicago, 1992
Ph.D, Southern Illinois Universtiy, Carbondale, 2005
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Philosophy of Science,
Philosophy of Logic,
Alfred North Whitehead
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