Richard J. Brook

Emeritus Professor
Department of Philosophy
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815



Ph.D. New School for Social Research, 1971
M.A. Columbia University, 1968
B.A. Antioch College, 1958

Areas of Specialization: theoretical ethics, early modern philosophy, philosophy of science



"Berkeley and the Passivity of Ideas," Iyyun, Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, 66, 59-74, Jan 2017.

"Berkeley and the Primary Qualities: Idealization vs. Abstraction," Philosophia, 44(4), 1289-1303, 2016.

"Berkeley and Proof in Geometry, "Dialogue (51:3, 2012) pp. 419-435.

"Non-Conscious Agency and Berkeley's Theory of Signs," in Berkeley's Lasting Legacy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011)

"Is Geometry about Tangible Extension," Berkeley Studies, (9, 2009).

"Deontology, Paradox, and Moral Evil," Social Theory and Practice (33:3, 2007) pp. 431-440.

"Berkeley, Bundles, and Immediate Perception," Dialogue (44, 2005) pp. 493-504.

"Statistical and Identifiable Deaths," Philosophy and its Public Role (St. Andrews Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs, 2004)

"Berkeley's Theory of Vision: Transparency and Signification," British Journal for the History of Philosophy (11:4, 2003) pp. 691-699.

"Is Smith Obligated that (She) Not Kill the Innocent or That She (Not Kill the Innocent): Expressions and Rationales For Deontological Constraints," Southern Journal of Philosophy (53:4, 1997).

"Berkeley, Efficient Causality and Signification," International Studies in Philosophy (27:2, 1995)

"Agency and Morality" The Journal of Philosophy (1991)

"Threats and Punishment," Philosophy and Public Affairs (17:3, 1988)

"Justice and the Golden Rule," Ethics (97, 1987)

"On Adding the Good," Social Theory and Practice (7:3, 1981)

"Dischargeability, Optionality and the Duty to Save Lives," Philosophy and Public Affairs (8:2, 1980)

Recent Presentations

"Berkeley, the Space of our Lives and the Space of Physics," University of Cassino, Italy, September, 2007.

"Does Berkeley Need a Subconscious?" International Berkeley Conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, August, 2007.

"Berkeley, Selective Attention, and Geometrical Proof," International Berkeley Conference, University of Tartu, Estonia, September 2005.


First prize in the MWPA (Mulberry Writers and Poets Association) contest, 2007

Third prize and honorable mention in the MWPA (Mulberry Writers and Poets Association) contest, 2006