I received my PhD in Philosophy from Saint Louis University in the 2004-2005 school year, then was a philosophy professor for a couple of years before doing a postdoc in ontologies (in the information science sense; to learn more about ontology, see the Wikipedia page for a start), which led me into the work I do now. My interests include: Western philosophy in general, philosophy and popular culture, ontology, and data modeling. I have done a lot of teaching, researching, presenting, editing, and publishing in the areas mentioned above, and in other areas, too.
See my website at: robertarp.com.
I am author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (MIT Press, 2008); co-author of Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology (MIT Press, in preparation), Philosophy DeMYSTiFieD (McGraw-Hill, 2011), Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well (Continuum Press, 2011), and What's Good on TV? Teaching Ethics through Television (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); editor of 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think (Simon & Schuster, 2013), South Park and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), Tattoos-Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Psych and Philosophy (Open Court, 2013), Homeland and Philosophy (Open Court, 2014), The Devil and Philosophy (Open Court, 2014), and Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence in the 21st Century (Rodopi, 2015); co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Information and Living Systems: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives (MIT Press, 2011), Contemporary Debates in Bioethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Batman and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Breaking Bad and Philosophy (Open Court, 2012), The Good Wife and Philosophy (Open Court, 2013), The Philosophy of Ang Lee (University Press of Kentucky, 2013), The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams (University Press of Kentucky, 2014), and Philosophical Approaches to the Devil and Related Ideas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
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