Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Michael White


Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law


School of Life Sciences



Michael J. White’s work lies principally in the areas of history of philosophy, science, and mathematics (especially during Greek and Roman antiquity and the 17th and 18th centuries), of formal logic, and of political philosophy and and jurisprudence. His recent interests include the history and theory of natural law and of theological voluntarism–in particular, relation of these traditions to the development of legal positivism in the jurisprudence of the 17th and 18th centuries and the development of empiricism, in several senses of that term, during that same period. Within the past few years Professor White has published chapters on Stoic natural philosophy (physics) in the Cambridge Companion to the Stoics, on mathematics and Plato in A Companion to Plato (Wiley-Blackwell) and on Aristotle’s concepts of time, space, and infinity in A Companion to Aristotle (Wiley-Blackwell). He currently is working on an article on freedom of conscience and the First Amendment’s religion clauses and an ‘afterword’ to a volume of essays on the relation between Darwinian evolutionary theory and classical liberalism (edited by his former Ph.D. student, Stephen Dilley). Among other courses in SOLS, White will be periodically offering a seminar on the Scientific Revolution.

Professor White was a member of the ASU Department of Philosophy from 1974 until 2009 and remains an affiliated faculty member of the new School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. He joined the College of Law faculty in a half-time capacity in 2004. In 2009 he joined the School of Life Sciences, also in a half-time capacity, as a member of the Human and Social Dimensions of Biology group, where he teaches HPS (history and philosophy of science) courses. He is the author of four books and has published more than 50 articles in scholarly journals.