Thomas  Wartenberg Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Thomas Wartenberg

Professor of Philosophy
Mount Holyoke College

My areas of investigation are the philosophy of film and philosophy for children. Recently, I have gotten interested in book illustration as an artistic genre.

Subjects: Philosophy


My 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.


    Ph. D. University of Pittsbugh, 1978

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,  My most recent work has been on the philosophy of book illustration.

Personal Interests

    I like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, sailing, and swimming.  I also love to read novels.



Featured Title
 Featured Title - Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy - 1st Edition book cover


Wartenberg to Currate Show of Bochner's Wittgenstein Illustrations

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.


Teaching Children Philosophy

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.