Department Chair

  • Jennifer McErlean
    Professor of Philosophy
    Siena Hall 414
    (518) 783-4129

Raymond D. Boisvert Ph.D, Professor of Philosophy



Raymond D. Boisvert, Ph.D.
Siena Hall 423





 Raymond Boisvert joined the philosophy department after receiving an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Emory University. A specialist in American philosophy, he has two books on John Dewey and many articles on Pragmatism. Lately, an interest in philosophy of culture has led him to reflect on the intersection of food practices and philosophy. He has just completed a manuscript Food Transforms Philosophy. His new project, growing out of research done for the food book, is to explore the virtue of hospitality. Examining the role of this virtue in the philosophical and literary works of Albert Camus is the first step in this project. While at Siena, Professor Boisvert has been Coordinator of the College Core and Chair of the General Faculty Committee.  In 2008, he received the Raymond Kennedy Excellence in Scholarship Award.