I am an Associate Professor of
Philosophy at Skidmore
College and Chair of the Philosophy Department.
My main research
is in early modern philosophy, with a primary focus on Leibniz's
philosophy of mind and, more generally, on the development of
uniquely modern conception of consciousness that developed
seventeenth century. I have recently been developing a secondary line of research into the ethics of forgiveness and reconciliation.
At Skidmore College, I teach a variety of courses in the Philosophy Department, including Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and upper-level seminars on Early Modern Philosophy and Metaphysics. I also teach an interdisciplinary first-year seminar on forgiveness and reconciliation.
My pedagogy puts the community of philosophers in center stage. I am constantly on the lookout for methods that will not only develop excellent philosophical thinking in individual students but will also develop a friendly but intellectually-challenging community of philosophers here at Skidmore. In particular, I teach the history of philosophy in a way that is designed to prompt humility (which leads us to question of ourselves), teanacity (which leads us to question others), and grace (a certain generosity that comes from recognizing that the work of philosophy is hard and our vision is limited).
Details of my research and teaching is provided below.
"Forgiveness After Charleston: The Ethics of an Unlikely Act," The Good Society, (forthcoming).
"Consciousness in the West" in Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, ed. Rocco J. Gennaro (Routledge, forthcoming).
"Descartes" in Christian Theology and the Modern Philosophers, eds. Gregory E. Ganssle and Benjamin H. Arbour (forthcoming).
"Sensation, Reason, and Instinct in the Nouveaux Essais," Für Unser Glück oder das Glück Anderer: Vorträge des X. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongresses, ed. Wenchao Li (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2016), vol. 5, 15-27
"Leibniz on Perceptual Distinctness, Activity, and Sensation," Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (2015) 49-77.
"By Leaps and Bounds: Leibniz on Transcreation, Motion, and the Generation of Minds," The Leibniz Review 23 (2013) 73-98.
"Descartes on Music: Between the Ancients and the Aestheticians," British Journal of Aesthetics 52 (2012): 407-424.
"Mind the Gap: Reflection and Consciousness in Leibniz,"Studia Leibnitiana 43 (2011): 179-195.
"Leibniz on Memory and Consciousness," British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2011):887-916.
"Russell's Leibnizian Concept of Vagueness," History of Philosophy Quarterly 28 (2011): 289-301.
"Seventeenth-Century Theories of Consciousness," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (July 2010, substantive revision September 2014).
"The Principle of Continuity and Leibniz's Theory of Conciousness," Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (2009): 223-248.
New Essays on Leibniz's Theodicy, co-edited with Samuel Newlands (Oxford University Press, in press).
Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams, eds. Samuel Newlands and Larry M. Jorgensen (Oxford University Press, January2009).
"Review of Shelley Weinberg’s Consciousness in Locke (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2016).
"Review of Michael V. Griffin, Leibniz, God and Necessity," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (advance online publication, 9 June 2013, DOI 10.1007/s11153-013-9410-9).
"Review of Antonia LoLordo, Pierre Gassendi and the Birth of Early Modern Philosophy," Philosophical Review 117 (2008): 615-617.
Book Project: Leibniz's Naturalized Theory of Mind (under contract with Oxford University Press)
"Leibniz on the Appearance of the Self"
Leibniz's Theodicy: Syllabus and Reading Guide (pdf file; 1 MB)
(Note: this guide is designed to be printed double-sided.)
Larry M. Jorgensen Printables:
When my daughter was 9 years old, she told me thatthe very best websites (pbskids.org, crayola.com, etc.) have printables, and so she recommended that I post some printables on my website. Enjoy!
Great for your kid's dragon-themed birthday party--just let them loose in the North Woods with a compass and a map!
Last updated: 23 May 2017