BiographyMy interest in philosophy began when I was on the debate team in my junior high and I had to argue against capital punishment. I discovered a wonderful essay by Albert Camus, Reflections on the Guillotine. I was hooked. When I got to college, I hadn't intended to major in philosophy but a great professor, Joseph Epstein, made the difference.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My current areas of interest are the philosophy of film and philosophy for children. The course in which my students teach philosophy to second graders has won awards for its innovative nature and was recently the subject of a PBS special now available for streaming, wgby.org/bigideas. My most recent work has been on the philosophy of book illustration.
I like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, sailing, and swimming. I also love to read novels.
By: Thomas Wartenberg
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications, Philosophy
In the Fall of 2015, the Mount Holyoke Art Museum will feature an exhibit of Mel Bochner's Wittgenstein Illustrations cuated by Thomas Wartenberg.
Published: Apr 01, 2005
A discussion of Emily's Art among Fifth Graders in the Jackson Street School in Northampton MA led by students in my class.