Who the Hell is Roderick T. Long?

Department of Philosophy
6080 Haley Center
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama 36830

I was born in Los Angeles on February 4th, 1964. I grew up in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and New Hampshire. I studied philosophy at Harvard (A.B., 1985) and Cornell (Ph.D., 1992). I’ve taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, and the Institute for Humane Studies, and served as Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center. I now teach philosophy at Auburn University, the coolest philosophy department in the world (tenured as of 12/02!).

I’m President of the Molinari Institute and Molinari Society; Editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies; Content Editor of Formulations, the newsletter of the Libertarian Nation Foundation; a Senior Scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute; a Consulting Editor for Episteme; a Director of the Free Nation Foundation; and have served in the Alabama Philosophical Society as Secretary-Treasurer (1999-2000), Vice-President (2000-2001), President (2001-2002), and Webmaster (2000 to present). I maintain the web journal Austro-Athenian Empire (formerly In a Blog’s Stead). For a brief intellectual autobiography (focusing on libertarian aspects) click here.

Chief interests: Greek philosophy; virtue ethics; moral psychology and action theory; philosophy of social science; libertarian and anarchist theory. Interests outside philosophy include reading (e.g., science fiction, history); classic movies; damn good music (e.g., Mozart, Puccini, Leonard Cohen, Yeni Türkü); and travel to exotic climes whenever possible.
Chief influences: ancient and medieval philosophy (e.g., Socrates, Aristotle); analytic philosophy (e.g., Wittgenstein, Kripke); classical liberalism (e.g., Rand, the Austrian School).
Chief targets for annihilation: relativism, subjectivism, irrationalism, skepticism, antirealism, empiricism, psychologism, reductionism, materialism, scientism, fideism, utilitarianism, collectivism, sexism, racism, militarism, statism, and slimy compatibilism.
Countries visited: Austria, Bahamas, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, Turkey, Vatican City.
(Plus Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland, but only technically – changing planes.)
Northernmost, easternmost, southernmost, and westernmost points visited: Gulfoss, Anadolu Kavağı, San Pedro Sula, Honolulu [previous champions: Inverness, Sounion, Key West, Vancouver]
Personal Saviour: Zeus!

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