William B. Irvine, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus



B.A., 1973, University of Michigan

M.A., 1976, University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D., 1980, University of California, Los Angeles


Courses Taught:

Inductive Logic

Symbolic Logic

Philosophy of Science

Political Philosophy


Recent Publications:

On Desire: Why We Want What We Want (Oxford University Press, 2006)

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (Oxford University Press, 2008)

A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt—And Why They Shouldn’t  (Oxford University Press, 2013)


Current Research Project:

A book on the psychology and sociology of moments of inspiration in various “domains (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)


Literary Website (with information about upcoming lectures/events): http://www.williambirvine.com

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