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John J. McDermott

Distinguished Professor
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Ph.D., Philosophy, Fordham University, 1959

Research Interests

  • Classical American Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Culture
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Existentialism


University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Texas A&M University, McDermott taught for more than sixty years. Pedagogically, his concentration was on the philosophy of culture, of literature, of medicine and classical American philosophy. In addition to books and essays on matters philosophical, educational and aesthetic, McDermott was the General Editor of the Critical Edition of The Correspondence of William James, published by the University of Virginia Press in 12 volumes, 1992-2004.