David McClean

David 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, 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, the Ethics of Violence.

Forthcoming (2020): Environmental Ethics


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.



SUMMARY OF PUBLISHED WORKS, PRESENTED PAPERS, AND FORTHCOMING WORKS Books and Book-Length Monographs Richard Rorty, Liberalism and Cosmopolitanism  (Pickering & Chatto, Routledge, 2014)
From book review by J.J. Abrams - "David McClean’s book Richard Rorty, Liberalism and Cosmopolitanism is an excellent contribution to Rorty scholarship and pragmatism in general. The book begins with a masterful reconstruction of the tradition of American philosophy from Emerson and Thoreau to Peirce and James and Dewey, culminating in Rorty." -- JJ Abrams
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))

The Integrated Ethics Reader - Reconnecting Thought, Emotion, and Reverence in a World on the Brink
(Forthcoming, 2019)



"Derivatives and the Financial Crisis: Ethics, Stewardship, and Cultural Politics"
in Business Ethics, M. Boylan, ed.


"Some Remarks on Paul Taylor’s After Race, After Justice, After History" The Southern Journal of Philosophy. John Tiensen (ed.)
 "The Theological Uses of Rortian Ironism"The Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Vincent M. Colapietro and John J. Stuhr (eds.)
 "A Sesame Street Primer for the Supreme Court"The Texas Civil Rights Review. Greg Moses (ed.)
 "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. Leonard Harris (ed.)
"Black Conservatism and Its Critics"Transition (No. 62). Henry Finder (ed.)
1991 "The Death of Blue Sky?" NSCP Currents, March/April 1991 Book Reviews 2006
The Ethics of Identity, by Kwame Anthony AppiahIn: Philosophia Africana
In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City, by Craig Steven Wilder in: Philosophia Africana Lectures & Papers Presented 

"On Axel Honneth's Critical Theory"
Fordham University

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

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


"The Meaning of the Election"
Fordham University


"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 CrisisSmith College, Amherst, MA.


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

Respondent to Paul Taylor’s Paper "After Race, After Justice, After History"(The Spindel Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.)
Race. Faith. A Philosophical Performance in Two Parts – Part I: Paul Taylor’s Sodality; Part II: Casaubon’s Reality (Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, New York)
Using Richard Rorty (New York Pragmatists’ Forum, Fordham University)
Race: The Real Discussion (Hosted by the advocacy group ERASE Racism, Syosset, New York)
The Shibboleths of Social Justice and the Immigration Debate (Stony Brook University, New York)
Love, Theory, Practice and the Current Situation (Molloy College, New York)
Beyond Strategic Globalization: Markets, Firms, Poverty and the Future of the Species (Molloy College, New York)
Wade in the Water: Evasion, Transformation and Hope (Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, The New School for Social Research, New York)
The Problem of the Twenty-First Century (All Souls Church, New York)
On J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism: A Lecture (Rutgers University, Newark)
WEB Du Bois on Race and the Color Line (Molloy College, New York)
Awe and Reverence as Ways of Seeing: Implications for a Future Public Square (U.C. Berkeley)
Can the Ethical Climate on Wall Street Change? (2nd International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, St. John’s University, New York [(at the Garden City Hotel])
Letter to a Young Executive: Pragmatism and American Business (Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, University of Colorado at Denver)
The Virtues and Business Ethics on Wall Street (Annual Conference of the National Association of Securities Professionals, New York)Cosmopolitans and Communitarians (Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, University of Southern Maine, Portland)
The Cultural Left and the Limits of Social Hope (Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)On Cosmopolitan Thought (The 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, New York)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)