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Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Religion, Science, Technology

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Michael J. White

Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law

Michael J. White is Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law who holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego (1974). He has been a member of the Department of Philosophy at Arizona State University since 1974, and since 2004 he splits his position between the Department of Philosophy and the College of Law. In addition to over 50 articles in scholarly journals, he is the author of Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction (2003); Partisan or Neutral? The Futility of Public Political Theory (1997), The Continuous and the Discrete: Ancient Physical Theories from a Contemporary Perspective (1992), and Agency and Integrity: Philosophical Themes in Ancient Discussions of Determinism and Responsibility (1985). He works principally in the three areas: (a) history of philosophy, science, and mathematics (especially during Greek and Roman antiquity); (b) formal logic; and (c) political philosophy and related areas of moral theory and jurisprudence. His recent interests include the history and theory of natural law and the interaction of this tradition with theology and with other jurisprudential traditions such as legal positivism. White writes on the role of mathematics in the thought of Plato and the history and conceptual foundations of non–standard (non–Archimdean) analysis and set theory.