William McBride

  • Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor
  • PhD, Yale University

Department Information

Philosophy // Faculty
Philosophy and Literature // SIS // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 7101
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-4285
  • Office Fax: (765) 496-1616
  • E-mail: wmcbride@purdue.edu
  • Specialization

  • Social Political Philosophy, Legal Philosophy, Continental European Philosophy

  • Selected Publications


    • From Yugoslav Praxis to Global Pathos: Anti-Hegemonic Post-Post-Marxist Essays. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
    • Philosophical Reflections on the Changes in Eastern Europe. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
    • Social and Political Philosophy. New York: Paragon House, 1994.
    • Sartre’s Political Theory. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.
    • The Philosophy of Marx. London: Hutchinson University Library, 1977.

    Edited Books

    • Social and Political Philosophy (Vol. 2 of the Proceedings of the XXI World Congress of Philosophy). Ankara: Philosophical Society of Turkey, 2006.
    • Sartre and Existentialism, in 8 volumes. Hamden, CT: Garland, 1997.


    •  “Borders Crossed, and Some of Those Who Have Crossed Them,” Hypatia 28, 2 (spring 2013), pp. 404-409.
    •  “Las formas de la violencia en el mundo actual. Entre Distintos Tipos de Violencia,” dialéctica(Mexico) 37, no. 45-46 (julio-diciembre 2013), pp. 9-18.
    •  “Existential Philosophy and the Good Life,” for Pensare il senso: Perché la filosofia, ed. D. De Leo (Festschrift for Giovanni Invitto), Mimesis, 2014, pp. 385-90.
    •  Articles on Rawls (pp. 384-85) and Sartre (p. 408), for Global Studies Encyclopedia Dictionary(Russia), ed. Chumakov, Mazour, and Gay, Rodopi, 2014.
    •  “The Philosophical Quest for Perfect Justice,” in International Dialogue: In Search of Harmony in Diversity, ed. E. Demenchonok, Cambridge Scholars, 2014, pp. 255-269.

    Selected Honors

    • Immediate Past President, International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP, 2008).

    • Past President, North American Society for Social Philosophy (2000-2005).

    • Member, Editorial Board, Library of Living Philosophers.

    • Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France).Fulbright Fellowships (France, 1959-1960; Bulgaria, fall 1997).

    Work in Progress

    • "Permanent Deviation: Understanding Our Place in History with the Aid of Sartre’s Critique, Volume Two”, forthcoming in Philosophy Compass (online publication)
    • Book: The Globalization of Philosophy

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