Randall R. Dipert
Department of Philosophy
Park Hall 105
University at Buffalo
Buffalo NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-0139
Department: 716-645-2444
FAX: 716-645-6139

About Me

I have taught at the (SUNY) University at Buffalo since 2000, where I am the C.S. Peirce Professor of American Philosophy. Previously I taught at SUNY Fredonia (1977-1995) and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1995-2000). I am have been the co-editor and editor of the “Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society” (1999-2008).

My most active current interests are military ethics (the philosophy of war and peace) and applied ontology: I am a founding member of the National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR). My past research includes logic, the history and philosophy of logic, Peirce and Early American Pragmatism, the philosophies of logic and mathematics, the philosophy of artifacts, aesthetics, action theory, and metaphysics, especially the metaphysics and logic of relations. I also have interests in ethics and political philosophy and most recently, in the philosophy of war and peace (Just War theory) and value-theoretic implications of game theory, especially of the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. Recent publications and papers include the ethics of cyberwarfare and the ethics of preemptive/preventive war.

I have written articles for Encyclopedia Britannica, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, as well as for several anthologies and numerous professional journals in philosophy. I have for some time written my own logic teaching software, and have also written a number of programs (in Prolog and LISP) for computer-assisted research in logic and philosophy, and in game theory. I have authored one book (on artifacts) and co-authored another (a logic textbook).