About Dr. Lucey

Ph.D., Boston University, 1973

Metaphysics; epistemology; philosophical logic; philosophy of religion; world religions.

Professor Lucey is the author of a new book entitled Pesky Essays on the Logic of Philosophy  (Springer, 2015). It is a collection of both new and previously published essays concerning the application of logic to various problems of philosophy. He is also the editor of On Knowing and the Known: Introductory Readings in Epistemology (Prometheus Books, 1996) and of What is God? The Selected Essays of Richard R. La Croix (Prometheus Books, 1993)  . He is co-editor, with Tibor Machan, of Recent Work in Philosophy (Rowman and Allanheld, 1983) and has published papers in all his areas of specialization. For the past two years he has contributed a weekly column to Faith Forum, published in the Reno Gazette Journal. He began his working career as a computer scientist with top secret clearance at the Mitre Corporation, a “think tank” outside of Boston, Massachusetts. From there he moved to a position as a programmer/analyst at the Harvard Business School. In 1971 he, and his physicist wife Carol, moved to Western New York state to found a computer center for a college there. The next year he took a  position as instructor of philosophy at the SUNY College at Fredonia, where he remained for 27 years, except for two years as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and at the University of Pittsburgh. During this period he also spent five years in the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1999 they moved to Nevada, where Carol became the President of Western Nevada College, and he has been a Professor of Philosophy since 2000. For the first year he had a joint appointment with UNR and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Professor Lucey has been a Scoutmaster, an enthusiastic bibliophile, a college administrator, racquet ball player, and a avid Texas Hold ‘Em poker player. For his last dozen years at Fredonia he was a department chairman, and for a period served simultaneously as chair of two academic departments, namely philosophy and foreign languages. He has been the recipient of numerous grants, including three from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served as President of several regional philosophical associations. At UNR, Professor Lucey served as Sanford Distinguished Professor of the Humanities from 2008 to 2010. Both Drs. Lucey have currently begun to learn Tai Chi. 


CH 201 (Core Humanities)–Ancient and Medieval Cultures
Phil 201 Introduction to Philosophy
Phil 210 World Religions
Phil 323–Problems in the Philosophy of Religion
Phil 325 20th Century Anglo/American Philosophy
Phil 425/625–Philosophy of Language
Phil 440/640–Theory of Knowledge
Phil 441/641–Metaphysics (Fate, Action & Freedom)
Phil 451/651–Happiness
Phil 476–The Self: Philosophic and Psychoanalytical Explorations (Capstone)

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