Eric v.d. Luft, Ph.D., M.L.S.
Last update: 15 July 2019

Present Occupation



652 titles (including 41 peer-reviewed) either in print or published electronically, including 37 books either authored, co-authored, edited, co-edited, or translated, and major articles in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Journal of the History of Ideas, International Philosophical Quarterly, Internet Reference Services Quarterly, The Modern Schoolman, Clio, The Heythrop Journal, Process Studies, Hegel-Studien, Reports on Philosophy, Auslegung, Journal of the National Medical Association, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, and the anthologies The New Hegelians, Existence of God, Metaphors in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit, Schopenhauer's Fourfold Root, Tom Petty and Philosophy, and Thomas Szasz: An Appraisal of his Legacy.

General subject areas include philosophy, medical history, military history, cultural or intellectual history, history of science, librarianship, contract bridge, popular culture, and poetry.

Professional Talks

94 presented since 1978, including invited lectures at the University of Antwerp, the University of Iceland, the University of Copenhagen, the Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine, Columbia University, the University of Richmond, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Cumberland College, Fordham University, and Bowdoin College.

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Selected Previous Employment

Teaching Effectiveness

Teaching the "Aesthetics" graduate seminar at the College of Saint Rose in Fall 2008, I received an average evaluation of 3.69 on a 4-point Likert scale.

As a volunteer co-tutor (paired with a physician for each section) since 2001 in the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Medicine (ELSIM) component of the Practice of Medicine (POM) course required for all first and second-year medical students at Upstate Medical University, I consistently receive above-average evaluations from students. Sometimes my co-tutor and I are evaluated together, sometimes separately. In 2001-2002 with first-year students, I separately received an average score of 3.3 on a 4-point Likert scale.

On a 5-point Likert scale, my physician partner(s) and I together received the following average scores: On a 5-point Likert scale, I separately received the following average scores:

Teaching one non-credit course per semester at the Humanistic Studies Center of Syracuse University for nine and a half years, I received consistently high evaluations from students. Three times I received an ovation at the last class.

Teaching credit courses at Villanova University for two years, I was among the toughest graders and most demanding taskmasters in the Philosophy Department, but also among the teachers rated highest by the students. The average grade I gave over four semesters was 2.42 on a four-point scale, but the students who responded to the evaluation question, "Regardless of the course and classroom conditions, is this professor a good teacher?" produced the following result: Excellent, 41%; Good, 28%; Average, 21%; Fair, 6%; Poor, 4%.

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