Joseph L. Esposito 

Education

  • Fairfield University: B.S. Chemistry, 1964
  • New York University :M.A. Philosophy, 1967
    The Theoretical Groundwork of Schelling's Philosophy of Nature
    (Sidney Hook, William Barrett)
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, 1970 : An Examination of Category Relativism (Kai Nielsen)
  • University of Arizona: J.D. Law, 1986

 

Mailing address
630 North Craycroft Rd. Suite 250 

Tucson, Arizona 85711

(520) 745-0500
(520) 748-1800 fax


jespo@earthlink.net

 

Professional Experience

Publications

Professional Activities

Awards and Associations

Professional Experience

  Philosophy

  • State University of New York at Binghamton

Instructor of Philosophy, 1967-1968 (One-Year Position)

Courses Taught: Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy

  • Bradley University

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1968-1973

Associate Professor of Philosophy, 1973-1975

Courses Taught: American Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Marxism, German Idealism, Heidegger's Being and Time, Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Philosophy of Science, Logic, Topics in Philosophical Biology, Art and Technology, Aesthetics, Minds and Machines, Ethics.

  • Texas Tech University

Research Associate, 1975-1982

Editorial Work with Max Fisch on the new edition of Peirce's Writings at Harvard and Texas Tech Universities.

  • University of Arizona

Department of Philosophy, Visiting Scholar, 2001-2002

LAW

  • Smitherman, Sacks, and Esposito

Attorney,1987-1991, Tucson, Arizona
Law Practice with Emphasis on Government Representation

  • Law Offices of Joseph L. Esposito P.C.

Attorney, 1991 to present, Tucson, Arizona.
Law Practice with Emphasis on Environmental Law, Civil Rights, and Public Employment Law.

Licensed to Practice in Arizona State and Federal Courts, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

 

 

Publications

Books

  • Schelling's Idealism and Philosophy of Nature. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1977.
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  • Evolutionary Metaphysics: The Development of Peirce's Theory of Categories. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1980.
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  • The Transcendence of History: Essays on the Evolution of Historical Consciousness. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1983.
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  • The Obsolete Self: Philosophical Dimensions of Aging. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.

Articles

  • "Death and Dasein," New Frontiers, Vol. VIII, No. 3 (Summer, 1964), 43-55.
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  • "God and the Possibility of Philosophy," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. III, No. 3 (Summer, 1972), 103-115.
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  • "Criticizing Rationality as Criticism," The Journal of Critical Analysis, Vol. IV, No. 3 (Fall, 1972), 89-96.
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  • "Synechism, Socialism, and Cybernetics," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. IX, No. 2 (Spring, 1973), 63-78.
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  • "Play and Possibility," Philosophy Today, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Summer, 1974), 137-146. Reprinted in Philosophic Inquiry In Sport (2nd ed., 1995)
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  • "Some Grounds for a Moral Criticism of Science," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XIII, No. 1 (Spring, 1975), 47-54.
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  • "Remarks Toward a General Theory of Organization," International Journal of General Systems, Vol. II, No. 3 (1975), 133-143.
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  • "Systems, Holons, and Persons," International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XVI, No. 2 (June, 1976), 219-236.
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  • "Hume and the Transcendental Idealists," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XIV, No. 4 (Winter, 1976)
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  • "On Getting the Sceptic to Heaven," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. VII, No. 1 (1976), 311-316.
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  • "Peirce and Naturphilosophie," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. XIII, No. 2 (Spring, 1977), 122-141.
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  • "Science and Conceptual Relativism," Philosophical Studies, Vol. 31 (1977), 269-277.
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  • "Is There a Semiocentric Predicament?" Semiotica, Vol. 19, Nos. 3/4 (1977), 259-270.
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  • "Semiotics and Philosophy at the International Peirce Congress," Semiotica, Vol. 19 (1977), 355-366.
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  • "Sellars and Scientific Idealism" Idealistic Studies, Vol. 8 (1978), 40-61.
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  • "Peirce and the Foundations of Semiotic," Peirce Studies, No. 1 (1979), 19-24.
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  • "The Development of Peirce's Categories," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. 15 (1979), 51-60.
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  • "Reichenbach's Philosophy of Nature," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Vol. 10 (1979), 189-200.
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  • "Peirce's Early Speculations on the Categories," in Proceedings of the C. S. Peirce Bicentennial International Congress. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1980.
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  • "Hegel's Dialectical Logic: Categories and Interpretations," Nature and System, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1980), 123-134.
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  • "Invention, Convention, and Necessity," Dialectica, Vol. 34, No. 3 (1980), 205-211.
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  • "Teleological Causation," The Philosophical Forum, Vol. 12 (Winter, 1980), 116-127.
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  • "On the Question of the Foundations of Pragmaticism," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. 17, No. 3 (1981), 259-268.
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  • "Romantic Science and the Future of the Knowing Subject," in The Limits of Lawfulness: Studies on the Scope and Nature of Scientific Knowledge, edited by Nicholas Rescher, University Press of America, 1983: 69-76.
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  • "Peirce and the Philosophy of History," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. 19, No. 2 (1983), 155-166.
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  • "Hegel, Absolute Knowledge, and the End of History," Clio, Vol. 12 (Summer, 1983), 355-366.
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  • "Peirce's Speculations on the Conditions of Representability," Semiotica, Vol. 49, Nos. 1/2 (1984), 259-270.
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  • "Conceptual Problems in Theoretical Gerontology," Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 26, No. 4 (1983), 522-546.
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  • "Peirce's Theory of Semiosis: Toward a Logic of Mutual Affection," Eight Lectures, Semiotic Review of Books, Cyber-Semiotic Institure. Available on-line (www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb/cyber) through the University of Toronto, 1997-1999.
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  • Entries for "Charles Sanders Peirce" and "Type/Token" for the Encyclopedia of Semiotics, edited by Paul Bouissac, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998)
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  • "Synechism: The Keystone of Peirce's Metaphysics" and "Virtuality,"Digital Encyclopedia of Charles S. Peirce, ed. Joao Queiros, San Paulo, 2001.

Book Reviews

  • "Signs and Species," review article of Pragmatism and Purpose: Essays Presented to Thomas A. Goudge, edited by L. W. Summer, J. G. Slater, and F. Wilson. University of Toronto Press, 1981. Semiotica, Vol. 43, Nos. 3/4 (1983), 367-370.
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  • Review of Alan White, Schelling: An Introduction to the System of Freedom, Yale University Press, 1983. International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 17 (1985), 106-107.
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  • Review of Studies in Logic, edited by Charles S. Peirce, in the Foundations of Semiotics Series. Benjamins, 1983. Semiotica, Vol. Nos. 1/3 (1985), 165-167.
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  • Review of Douglas R. Anderson, Creativity and the Philosophy of C. S. Peirce, Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1987. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Winter, 1990), 153-156.
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  • Review of Arthur E. Murphy, Reason, Reality, and Speculative Philosophy, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1996. Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter No. 84 (June, 2000)

Law: Published Opinions

  • United States v. 99.66 Acres of Land, 970 F.2d 651, 22 Envtl. L. Rep. 21,369, 36 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 341 (9th Cir., 1992) Question Presented: Whether the failure to allow statistical evidence of land value violated the just compensation clause of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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  • Baker v. Clover, 177 Ariz. 37, 864 P.2d 1069 (Ariz.App.Div. 2, 1993) Question Presented: Whether a legitimate expectation of privacy exists
  • in an open connected garage facing a public thoroughfare so as to implicate the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
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  • Williams-Carter v. Maricopa County, 183 Ariz. 338, 903 P.2d 646 (Ariz.App.Div. 2, 1995) Question Presented: Whether denial of an application for the position of Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors due to political affiliation constitutes an impermissible political test in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
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  • Johnson v. Hispanic Broadcasters Inc., 196 Ariz. 597 (App.), 2 P.3d_687_ (2000) Question Presented: Whether an employment contract with a make-good provision for a guaranteed first year income is a contract for a fixed term.

 

Professional Activities

Lectures and Colloquia

  • "God as a Philosopher," Philosophy Colloquium, State University of New York at Binghamton, March 19, 1968.
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  • "Marxism and the Social Sciences," Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar, Bradley University, February 23, 1971.
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  • "The Philosophy of Play," DePaul University Colloquium on Play, April 1, 1972.
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  • "Homeostatic Mechanisms in North American Culture," debate with E. Z. Friedenberg, Bradley University, April 20, 1972.
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  • "Play and Possibility," Philosophy Colloquium, Georgia State University, March 6, 1974.
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  • "Dewey's Contribution to the Failure of the Genteel Tradition," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt University, March 8, 1974.
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  • "General Systems Theory, the Life Sciences, and the Concept of a Person," Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, May 30, 1974.
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  • "Entropy, Information, and the Evolution of Science," Philosophy Colloquium, University of Arizona, October 16, 1974.
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  • "Limiting Science," Colloquium Paper, American Philosophical Association, eastern Division Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 29, 1974.
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  • "American Pragmatism Before and After 1898," with Max Fisch, Opening Plenary Session, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Loyola University, New Orleans, March 5, 1976.
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  • "Peirce's Early Speculations on the Categories," Charles S. Peirce Bicentennial International Congress, Amsterdam, June 16-20, 1976.
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  • "Punishment or Rehabilitation," debate with Jeffrie G. Murphy on program "Crime and Punishment Reconsidered, Tucson Public Library Series, June 30, 1977.
  • "Peirce and the Foundations of Semiotic," Semiotic Society of America Meeting, Denver, October 13, 1977.
  • "Teleology and Intelligibility," Colloquium Paper, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Diego, March 24, 1979.

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  • "Transcendental Semiotic," Charles S. Peirce Society Meeting/Semiotic Society of America Meeting, University of Indiana, Bloomington, October 6, 1979.
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  • "Peirce and the Philosophy of History," Charles S. Peirce Society Meeting/APA Meeting, Philadelphia, December 29, 1981.
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  • "Romantic Science and the Future of the Knowing Subject," First Annual Conference on Philosophy of Science: Limits of Scientific Knowledge, University of Pittsburgh, October 15-16, 1982.
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  • "Can Peirce's Categories Be Sustained?" Roundtable discussion with Charles Hartshorne, World Congress of Philosophy, Montreal, August 26, 1983.

Research and Editorial Work

  • Peirce Edition Project, 1974-1982. Prepared Peirce's early manuscripts for publication in a new edition. Contributing Editor, Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition, Vol 1, 1857-1866, Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1982.
  • Editor, Nature and System: Philosophical Studies of Natural and Artificial Systems, 1978-1984.
  • Editorial Board, Clio: Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature, History, and Philosophy of History, 1981-1983; Systems Research, 1982-1986; Peirce Studies, 1979-1985.

 

Awards and Associations

  • NYU Graduate Faculty Scholar, Founders Day Award (1970)

Who's Who in the West
Who's Who in America

  • American Philosophical Association, Charles S. Peirce Society, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
  • State Bar of Arizona, Pima County Bar Association, National Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Employment Lawyers Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, American Bar Association.

 

Esposito , 2000