JPIC 2017 Co-Chairs

Co-Chair JPIC 2017, Philosopher, Orange Coast College (retired 2015)
"The Universe is not only queerer [stranger] than we suppose, but queerer [stranger] than we can suppose." J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964), British evolutionary biologist, in Possible Worlds and Other Papers (1927), p. 286.

“The Universe is not only queerer [stranger] than we suppose, but queerer [stranger] than we can suppose.”

J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964), British evolutionary biologist, in Possible Worlds and Other Papers (1927), p. 286.

One of the three co-chairs for the Jazz & Philosophy Intermodal Conference for 2017, Dr. David C. Ring retired in 2015 after fifteen years at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA as a full professor and chair of the Philosophy department.

EDUCATION:

Attending Cornell University and studying under Robert Stalnaker (undergraduate advisor), Jaegwon Kim, Norman Kretzmann, and Norman Malcolm, Dr. Ring went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1974-82) writing on Descartes’s theory of ideas: “Material Falsity, Objective Reality, and Representation in Descartes’s Theory of Ideas,” under dissertation supervisor Terry Penner, with a minor in psychology and the history of science.

TEACHING CAREER:

Dr. Ring has taught philosophy at:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (1975-1982) (T.A.)
  • University of Texas at Austin (1982-1983) (tenure track)
  • North Carolina State University (post-doctoral fellowship in logic) (1985-86)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (1989-90)
  • Southern Methodist University (1984-89; 1991-95)
  • Pasadena City College (1995-96)
  • California State University Long Beach (1995-97)
  • Long Beach City College (1996-99)
  • Cerritos College (1998-99)
  • Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA (1999-2015)

INTEREST IN PHILOSOPHY OF JAZZ:

During his sabbatical at Orange Coast College in 2009, Dr. Ring began working in the philosophy of jazz.  That work led to the eventual development of a new editable wiki website devoted to the subject: http://PhilosophyOfJazz.net (poj.fm) begun in March, 2016, with the help of web designer Glenn Zucman, of gzdesign.

Working with long time collaborator, Dr. Charles Otwell, Ring and Otwell gave a talk at Northern Arizona University on the complexity of defining jazz using a Galactic model on March 31, 2016.  This talk and questions and answers can be viewed here: http://philosophyofjazz.net/videos, as well as a film made on the same subject during Dr. Ring’s sabbatical with the help of videographer and editor Kyle Trulin.

 

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Professor of Philosophy (retired 2015)

Co-Chair JPIC 2017, Philosopher, Northern Arizona University

“Education in music and poetry is most important . . . because rhythm and harmony permeate the inner part of the soul more than anything else, affecting it most strongly and bringing it grace, so that if someone is properly educated in music and poetry, it makes him graceful, but if not, then the opposite. [And] because anyone who has been properly educated in music and poetry will sense it acutely when something has been omitted from a thing and when it hasn’t been finely crafted or finely made by nature.”

Plato (427-347 B. C.) from Republic, book III (401d-e)

One of the three co-chairs for the Jazz & Philosophy Intermodal Conference for 2017, Dr. George Rudebusch specializes in Ancient Greek philosophy as a former chair of the Northern Arizona Philosophy department. You can see George’s online C. V. (curriculum vitae/course of life/resume) here. Just click on C. V. to see his numerous publications, some of which are listed below.

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D.1982 Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A.1980 Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S.—-1977 Mathematics, Carroll College, Wisconsin

ACADEMIC CAREER:

  • Professor Northern Arizona University 1998-to present
  • Associate Professor Northern Arizona University 1992-1998
  • Assistant Professor Northern Arizona University 1988-1992
  • Assistant Professor University of Hawaii at Manoa 1983-1988
  • Instructor Carthage College 1982

CONFERENCE CO-ORGANIZER:

  • Inaugural Jazz and Philosophy Intermodal Conference (JPIC 2017), with Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department, May 5-7, 2017.
  • 10th Annual West Coast Plato Workshop on the Philebus, Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department, Flagstaff, May 7-8, 2016.
  • 9th Annual West Coast Plato Workshop on Laws X, University of Arizona Philosophy Department, Tucson, May 2-3, 2015.

PUBLICATIONS (partial list):

  • Ancient Ethics, co-editor with Jörg Hardy. Göttingen: Vandenhoek, 2014. (498 pages)
  • Socrates, Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. (xv + 207 pages). The book has been translated into Arabic in Cairo at the National Center for Translation, 2014.
  • Socrates, Pleasure, and Value, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. (xiii + 167 pages). A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2000 and featured at “Author Meets Critics” session of the American Philosophical Association in 2002.

REVIEWS:

Dr. Rudebusch’s Socrates (2009) was widely reviewed and found highly praiseworthy because of its lucidity, approachability, and cutting-edge Plato scholarship.

The Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, in April 2010 found Rudebusch’s book “a lucid and engaging account of the philosophy of Socrates. . . . The experience of this book will be joyous for many readers, as it was for me. Rudebusch’s advocacy of Socrates as a thinker who has much to tell us about the good human life is carried off with passion and grace, as well as an enviable succinctness and clarity. It is a treatment that I expect will succeed, deservedly, in winning over new advocates.”

Dr. Debra Nails of Michigan State University explains Rudebusch has written “A remarkable book. A treatment of Socrates that is both original in its approach and lovingly crafted to make Socrates accessible to a contemporary audience.”

Dr. Mark L. McPherran of Simon Fraser University commends Rudebusch’s advancement for the field of Socratic scholars commenting that Socrates (2009) is “a stimulating, eloquent, and highly original work of scholarship that breaks new ground in the search for an understanding of this most puzzling and elusive of philosophers. It is no mean feat that Rudebusch has written a book that is both accessible to beginners in philosophy and required reading for scholars of ancient philosophy.”

Jazz: A force for creativity and freedom

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Co-Chair JPIC 2017, Philosopher & Jazz musician, Chair of Philosophy at Orange Coast College

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.”

Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, (1926-1991)

One of the three co-chairs for the Jazz & Philosophy Intermodal Conference for 2017, Dr. Charles Otwell spent many years working as a professional musician (keyboards), touring ten years as musical director with Latin Jazz master conguero Poncho Sanchez, and on numerous recordings with Poncho, including many Otwell compositions and arrangements.   He has played professionally with Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Carlos Valdez, Dave Pike, Melissa Manchester, and Bobby Hatfield (of the Righteous Brothers).  

More recently, he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2006 from the University of California at Irvine, working with major advisor, David W. Smith, on a dissertation defending an Existentialist model of human action against neo-Humean and neo-Kantian models.

Dr. Otwell has taught the history of jazz for over a decade at several Southern California colleges, as well as teaching philosophy at Rancho Santiago college, Long Beach City College, and Irvine Valley college.  Currently, he is chair of Philosophy at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA where he explores issues in the ontology of jazz with his collaborator Dr. David C. Ring.

Partially inspired by Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus and influenced by their notions on nomadology, as well as medieval history and major historical sea-battles, Dr. Otwell is writing a science-fiction novel incorporating these elements.

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Dr. Charles Otwell: professional jazz pianist and chair of Philosophy at Orange Coast College.
Dr. Charles Otwell: professional jazz pianist and chair of Philosophy at Orange Coast College.

Dr. George Rudebusch

Dr. George Rudebusch: ancient philosopher and Greek language scholar, Northern Arizona University

 

Dr. David C. Ring: ff Philosopher at Orange Coast College (retired 2015) & founder of PhilosophyOfJazz.net (poj.fm)
Dr. David C. Ring: Philosopher at Orange Coast College (retired 2015) & founder of PhilosophyOfJazz.net (poj.fm)