Worcester State University
Philosophy Department


Richard Schmitt 

     Richard Schmitt received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1953 after doing work for his B.A. And M.A. At the University of Chicago. He taught philosophy at Brown University for many years. He has also taught at Stanford University, at the University of California at Santa

Barbara, and at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. He taught and published about Existentialism for an extended period. Later his interests moved to political philosophy.


     Dr. Schmitt received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1969 to write a book entitled Martin Heidegger on Being Human. He is one of the founders of the Radical Philosophy Association.


     Richard Schmitt has been active in the Worcester community in the peace movement. He is currently a peer mediator for the Center for Alternative Conflict Resolution at Family Services.




Selected Scholarly Activities:

An Introduction to Marx and Engels (Boulder: Westview, 1997)


Alienation and Freedom (Boulder: Westview, 2002)


An Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (Lanham, MD: Rowman

and Littlefield, 2009).


He is also the author of a number of articles in all these areas.


Courses Taught:


PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy

LASC-Human Behavior and Social Processes

The fundamentals of philosophy: its vocabulary, problems, and methods.


PH 102 History of Modern Western Philosophy, 1600-1800

LASC- Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Engages central topics of Western philosophy through study of important modern philosophers, typically from Descartes through Kant.


PH 130 Ethics: Human Conduct and Values

LASC- Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

The nature of morality and value and their place in the world of human action.


PH 132 Business Ethics


LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture


An introduction to ethical theory and issues such as truth-in-advertising, product liability, affirmative action, employer and employee rights and duties, whistle blowing, and corporate responsibility.

Typically offered at least every two years.

Contact Information
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