Professor Feleppa's main interests are in philosophy of social science, metaethics, and comparative philosophy, with current emphasis on the comparison of Asian and Western thought and culture. He has been at WSU since 1980. In 2001 he received the college's John R. Barrier Distinguished Teaching Award; in 2004 he was promoted to full Professor. Dr. Feleppa is working on a series of papers in Philosophy of Social Science. Click here for Dr. Feleppa's Curriculum Vitae.

Recent Submissions

  • Translation as Rule-Governed Behaviour 

    Feleppa, Robert (Sage publications, 1982)
    The problems of radical translation occupy a central place in a number of long-standing controversies in philosophy and anthropology. The philosophical difficulties here concern the accurate recovery of speaker meaning ...
  • Epistemic utility and theory-choice in science: Comments on Hempel 

    Feleppa, Robert (D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1981)
    Professor Hempel has sketched a number of turns in the problem of induction, showing us in the process that the traditional problem of justifying inductive inference is inextricably bound up with problems concerning ...
  • On Reproducing Social Reality: A Reply to Harrison 

    Feleppa, Robert (Sage publications, 1986)
    That social inquirers should be careful about the intrusion of biases and questionable ethnocentric presuppositions is a widely accepted and unquestionably cogent methodological dictum. Less widely accepted, and perhaps ...
  • Emics, Etics, and Social Objectivity 

    Feleppa, Robert (University of Chicago Press, 1986-06)
    Emic analysis, whether seen as opposed or as complementary to etic modes, is regarded as essential for ensuring that culture-specific particularities are not suppressed in efforts to subsume social phenomena under ...
  • Aspects of the Cannibalism Controversy: Comments on Merrilee Salmon 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 1995)
    Professor Salmon argues that the controversies about Mead’s work and about cannibalism encourage healthy discussion of anthropological standards of evidence and definition, and provide an opportunity to consider the ...
  • Book Review: Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture, and Philosophy. By Michele M. Moody-Adams 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 2000-04)
    In this ambitious book, Moody-Adams aims to establish, as she says, “a plausible conception of moral objectivity” and to defend “a cautious optimism that moral philosophy can be an aid in serious, everyday moral inquiry” ...
  • Quine, Davidson, and the Naturalization of Metaethics 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001)
    Quine’s ethical views typify what might seem to be natural sympathies between empiricism and ethical noncognitivism. Like Ayer, he sees a case for noncognitivism rooted in an epistemic discontinuity between ethics and ...
  • Black Rain: Reflections on Hiroshima and Nuclear War in Japanese Film 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)
    In the literature on atomic bomb themes in Japanese cinema we find a number of trends. Some films, but surprisingly few, are intended as open social protest of America’s use of the bombs. There are some critics who see ...
  • Zen, Emotion, and Social Engagement 

    Feleppa, Robert (University of Hawai'i Press, 2009-07)
    Some common conceptions of Buddhist meditative practice emphasize the elimination of emotion and desire in the interest of attaining tranquility and spiritual perfection. But to place too strong an emphasis on this is to ...

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