After coming to Wellesley, I became interested in Ethics and Political Philosophy. An essay of mine, ""Why not a Feminist theory of Justice?"" has been translated into both French and German. In ethics I have argued repeatedly for the objectivity of (some) value judgments. Later, for at least a decade, I worked mainly on the philosophy of William James. I am the editor of the Cambridge Companion to William James. Most recently, I have worked on some aspects of the writings of John Dewey.
I was hired to teach logic and philosophy of science. I was also asked to teach the one class in ethics that was then offered in the philosophy department. While I did not introduce any significant changes in the curriculum for logic and the philosophy of science, I am proud of the changes I introduced in the curriculum in the general area of moral and social values.When I retired, the department offered, and I hope still offers, courses or seminars in medical ethics, philosophy of law, moral philosophy, ethical theory, etc. I did not teach all these subjects, but I created an atmosphere that encouraged students to want to study them.
In my younger years, I was an active member of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and of the William James Society.
Although my mobility is limited and thus limiting, I enjoy listening to music, watching films from Netflix, reading novels and occasionally more serious matters. I enjoy being with friends, including some former Wellesley students.