David E. McClean

David E. McClean


dmcclean [at] rutgers.edu



Office Location


427 Conklin Hall


Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Conklin Hall 

175 University Avenue

Newark, NJ  07102



Ph.D., Philosophy
The New School for Social Research (New York), 2009

Concentrations and Research Interests: American Philosophy, Race Theory, Social Ethics, Africana Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Sociology of Business, Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Ethics of Climate Change

Dissertation: “Richard Rorty and Cosmopolitan Hope: A Critical Analysis of Rorty’s Ironism and Antifoundationalism and Consideration of Their Uses in Forging Cosmopolitan Sensibilities”

Committee: Richard J. Bernstein, Dmitri Nikulin, Judith M. Green

M.A., Philosophy
The New School for Social Research (New York), 2003

Concentrations and Research Interests: Ethics, Political Philosophy
Thesis: “Toward a Tenable Cosmopolitanism”

M.A., Liberal Studies
New York University (New York), 1996

Concentrations: Educational Theory
Thesis: “Liberal Education: An Apologia”

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Major: Religion/Minor: Philosophy
Hunter College, City University of New York (New York), 1986


Rutgers University, Newark
Molloy College
Hunter College (CUNY)

Courses Taught: Business and Professional Ethics, Philosophy and the Black Experience, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy,  Justice and Society, Business Ethics, Ethics: Theory and Practice (bioethics, medical ethics, crime and punishment, racism and other topics, including models of ethical decision making), American Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, the Ethics of Violence. Forthcoming: Environmental Philosophy and Ethics

Courses Taught

Courses Currently Taught at Rutgers (Newark)

Business and Professional Ethics
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Topics in Philosophy: Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Philosophy and the Black Experience


Ph.D. New School for Social Research

M.A. Philosophy, New School for Social Research

M.A. Liberal Studies, Philosophy Concentration, N.Y.U.

B.A. Comparative Religion and Philosophy, Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.





  • Understanding and Combating Global Corruption: A Reader (Cognella, 2021)
  • The Integrated Ethics Reader: Reconnecting Thought, Emotion, and Reverence in a World on the Brink (Cognella 2019, 2020)
  • Richard Rorty, Liberalism and Cosmopolitanism  (Pickering & Chatto, Routledge, 2014)
  • Wall Street, Reforming the Unreformable: An Ethical Perspective (Pickering & Chatto, Routledge, 2015)

  • Climate Change: The Moral and Political Imperatives (self-published on-line, 246 pages (2017))



"Is There a Need for a New, A Technology, Ethic" (forthcoming)

in Ethics in the AI, Techno, and Information Age (ed. Michael Boylan and Wanda Teays), Rowman & Littlefield

"Undoing Race: Pragmatic Love and Working the Impossible in Baldwin's Social Vision" (forthcoming)
in The James Baldwin Review (ed. Dwight McBride and Justin Joyce)


"Technology and the Environment: From Bones to Markets"
in Environmental Ethics, 3rd Edition (ed. Michael Boylan), Wiley-Blackwell.


"Beyond Codes of Ethics (Three Parts)"
The Hedge Fund Law Report/The Private Equity Law Report


Climate Change: The Moral and Political Imperatives
self-published monograph at davidemcclean.us 


"Some Remarks on Paul Taylor’s After Race, After Justice, After History"

The Southern Journal of Philosophy


"The Theological Uses of Rortian Ironism"

The Journal of Speculative Philosophy


 "A Sesame Street Primer for the Supreme Court"

The Texas Civil Rights Review


 "Pursuing US Investors: Reviewing the Available Exemptions of Rule 15a-6"

NSCP Currents, March/April 1997


 "Afrocentrism as a Humanism: Five Difficulties"

APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience


"Black Conservatism and Its Critics"

Transition (No. 62). Henry Finder (ed.)

1991 "The Death of Blue Sky?" 

NSCP Currents, March/April 1991





"The Ethics of Identity," by Kwame Anthony Appiah

In: Philosophia Africana


"In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City," by Craig Steven Wilder

Philosophia Africana





"Richard Rorty on the 'Too Sane'
Second Annual Conference
The Richard Rorty Society
Penn State University

"Beyond Codes of Ethics in Business"
The Hedge Fund Law Report


"A Response to Axel Honneth's Essay, 
'Is There an Emancipatory Interest? An Attempt to Answer Critical Theory's Most Fundamental Question'
The New York Pragmatist Forum
Fordham University

"Climate Change's Moral and Political Imperatives"
Fordham University

"Richard M. Rorty and the Current Political Moment"
The New School

"Should We Conserve the Notion of Race"
The Graduate Faculty, Philosophy
The New School for Social Research

"The Meaning of the Election"
Fordham University

"The Post-2008 Crisis and its Impact  on Philosophy Education"
Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)
Salt Lake City

"What Now? Richard J. Bernstein and the Pragmatist Turn"
Fordham University


"Civil Rights in the Obama Era"

 Nassau County (N.Y.) Nassau County Bar Association, Minneola, New York Continuing Legal Education Forum

"Philosophical and Policy Dimensions of the Financial Crisis: A Letter to a Young President"

 New York Pragmatists’ Forum, Fordham University

"An Ethical Analysis of the Economic Crisis"

Smith College, Amherst, MA.


"Remarks at the Celebration of the Life of Richard Rorty"
(Invited Speaker: New School for Social Research)

"A Response to Paul Taylor’s Paper 'After Race, After Justice, After History'

27th Annual Spindel Conference: Race, Racism, and Liberalism in the 21st Century
University of Memphis


"Using Richard Rorty"
New York Pragmatist Forum
Fordham University


"Race: The Real Discussion"

 Hosted by the advocacy group ERASE Racism
 Syosset, New York

Invited Speaker
"The Shibboleths of Social Justice and the Future of Inclusion: On Immigration"
Stony Brook University
Annual President's Luncheon

"Love, Power, Justice and the Current Situation"
Conference: Love in the Public Square
Molloy College

Keynote: "Beyond Strategic Globalization: Markets, Firms, Poverty and the Future of the Species
Molloy College


"Wade in the Water: Evasion, Transformation and Hope
Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference
The New School for Social Research

"The Problem of the 21st Century"
All Souls Unitarian Church

"On J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism"
Rutgers University, Newark

"WEB Du Bois on Race and the Color Line"
Molloy College

"Awe and Reverence as Ways of Seeing: Implications for a Future Public Square

 University of California,  Berkeley


"Can the Ethical Climate on Wall Street Change?"
2nd International Conference Promoting Business Ethics
St. John’s University


"Letter to a Young Executive: Pragmatism and American Business"
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Denver, CO.


"The Virtues and Business Ethics on Wall Street

Annual Conference of the National Association of Securities Professionals, New York

"Cosmopolitans and Communitarians"

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
University of Southern Maine, Portland


"The Cultural Left and the Limits of Social Hope"
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"On Cosmopolitanism"
Alain Locke Conference
Howard University


"It Takes a Village: Reflections on Praxis and the Intellectual Life
Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference
The New School for Social Research

"On Cosmopolitanism and Education"
Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Purdue University


"The Idolatries of Context and the Narrowing of Sympathies"
Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
University of Oregon at Eugene


"On Race and Philosophy"
Congress of World Philosophies
Hunter College


"On Cornel West’s The American Evasion of Philosophy-A Genealogy of Pragmatism: Observations and Critiques"
Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, New York


"Who or What is an Intellectual?"
Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, New York


"Cornel West’s Race Matters: A Critique"
Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, New York


Associated Programs

Board of Governors, The New School for Social Research, 2012-2021

Board of Trustees, The New School, 2016-2021

Board of Trustees, RSF Social Finance, 2020 - present

Board of Directors, Impact@Africa, 2018 - present 

College of Advisors, ERASE Racism, 2009 - present