Curriculum Vitae

Dwight Furrow                                                                                   August 1, 2020

San Diego, CA

Mailing Address:

229 Rainbow Dr. #12943

Livingston, TX 77399

Position: Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, San Diego Mesa College (2000-Present)

Previous Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of William and Mary (1996-2000)

Areas of Specialization: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Taste, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy


            Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California, Riverside (1993) (Bernd Magnus, Advisor)

            M.A. in Philosophy, University of California, Riverside (1987)

            B.A. in Philosophy, California State University at Northridge (1985)



 Beauty and the Yeast: A Philosophy of Wine, Life, and Love, Probe Head Publications, 2020.

American Foodie: Taste, Art and the Cultural Revolution, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America, Prometheus Press, 2009

Ethics: Key Concepts in Philosophy, Continuum Press, 2005.

(Ed) Moral Soundings: The Crisis of Values in Contemporary Life, Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.

Against Theory: Continental and Analytic Challenges in Moral Philosophy, Routledge, 1995.


“Blunting the Blind Impress: Autonomy, Self-Reflection, and Tracking the Truth”,

            Social Theory and Practice, vol. 39, #3, July 2013 (with Mark Wheeler)

“Levinasian Autonomy: How to Free a Hostage” in Sanders and Wisnewski, Ethics and

            Phenomenology, Lexington Press, 2012. (with Mark Wheeler)

“Of Cave Dwellers and Spirits: The Trouble with Moral Absolutes” in Dwight Furrow, Moral

            Soundings: Readings on the Crisis of Values in Contemporary Life, Lanham MD: Rowman

           & Littlefield, 2004.

 “The Privacy Paradox”, The Humanist, May/June 2004

“Postmodernism” in The Encyclopedia of Ethics. 2nd  Edition,  Lawrence C. Becker (Ed.) Garland

              Publishing, 2001.

  “Agency in Postmodernity” in International Studies in Philosophy. July 2000.

   “Schindler’s Compulsion: An Essay on Practical Necessity”, American Philosophical Quarterly,

               July 1998.

“The Discomforts of Home: Nature and Technology in Hand’s End,” in Research in Philosophy

               and Technology, Fall 1995.

Online Media:

Personal Blog Sites:

            Edible Arts:

            Roving Decanter:

Monthly Column at Three Quarks Daily: Sample of Topics

            “Food as Art: Representation and Meaning”

            “Love and Sensibility”

            “In Defense of Eating Meat”

            “Why the Philosophy of Food is Important”

            “Wine Tasting and Objectivity”


            “Religion Can Provoke Rage as Well as Rapture,” Los Angeles Times, February 4,


            “September 11: From the Right and the Left,” San Diego Union Tribune, January

                   23, 2002

            “Singing the Shopping Mall Blues,” San Diego Union Tribune, April 27, 2001

            “The Clinton Pardons: Thoughts on Forgiveness,” San Francisco Chronicle,

                   February 25, 2001.

              “Mandated Tests No Panacea for Improving Education,” San Diego Union

              Tribune, February 8, 2001.


Review of The Essential Works of Michel Foucault, vol. 1, Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth, Paul Rabinow,

               (Ed.) in “Book Notes”, Ethics, October, 1999.

Review of Ronald Bontekoe, Dimensions of the Hermeneutic Circle, Philosophy in Review, Fall


Review of Richard A. Cohen, Elevations: the height of the good in Rosenzweig and Levinas,

             in Canadian Philosophical Review. June, 1995.

Papers and Presentations:

Presentations at the Postmodern Winemaking Symposium, Santa Rosa, California, 2017-

          2019 on various topics in wine aesthetics

“Edible Art, Artification, and the Importance of Sensory Experience,” Perspectives on

         Food Aesthetics Conference, University of Wroclaw, Poland, June 17, 2016

“Why the Philosophy of Food is Important, Occasional Lecture Series,” San Diego Mesa

         College, April 15, 2016

“Getting a Grip: Agential Authority and the Stability of Intentions,” APA Pacific 

           Division, 2011 (with Mark Wheeler)

“Autonomy, Self-Appraisal, and the Motive of Care,” APA Pacific Division, 2009 (with 

             Mark Wheeler)

“The Privacy Paradox,” Occasional Lecture Series, San Diego Mesa College,

              September 12, 2003

“Of Cave Dwellers and Spirits: The Trouble with Moral Absolutes,” Occasional Lecture Series, San

          Diego Mesa College, April 12, 2002

“Moral Agency in Postmodernity,” Philosophy Symposium, California   Polytechnic University,

          Pomona, February 8, 2001

 “Moral Agency in Postmodernity,” Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Conference, State

          University of New York at Binghamton, April 24, 1999.

  “What is Postmodern Ethics?” Presented at Virginia Philosophical Association, University of

           Virginia, October 24, 1997

   “Should We Dust Off That Old Moral Must”, presented at College of William and Mary,

           November 1, 1996.

   “Lyotard and Levinas: Ethics and Tragic Conflict”, presented at the Society for Phenomenology

            and Existential Philosophy, Chicago, October 13, 1995.

“The Discomforts of Home: Nature and Technology in Hand’s End”, presented at  the APA, Central

           Division Meeting, 1994.

Honors and Awards:

            Distinguished Teacher of the Year, University of Redlands, Whitehead College,


            Coordinator, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers (1991), “A Genealogy

                       Of Postmodernism: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and Rorty”, Director,

                        Dr. Bernd Magnus.    

            Resident Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, Winter 1991

            Dean’s Fellowship: 1988-89, 1989-90

            Teaching Assistantships: 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90

            Research Assistantships:

                       Summer 1988–Compiled an annotated bibliography and summary of positions in

                                  risk perception research for toxicology grant.

                    Summer 1987–Compiled an annotated bibliography of recent work in critical