Binghamton University Professors honored with ‘distinguished’ rank


     Stephen David Ross, professor of philosophy and comparative literature at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has been promoted to distinguished professorship, a tenured University ranking that is conferred for consistently extraordinary accomplishment.

     The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced 11 such appointments last week. Recipients are nominated for this honor by their campus presidents for having achieved national or international prominence and an established reputation in their field of expertise.

     Ross, who began teaching at Binghamton in 1967, is the author of 26 books, a widely read anthology in aesthetics and philosophy of art and numerous articles.  His most recent books are The Gift of Property: Having the Good, betraying genitivity, economy and ecology, an ethic of the earth; The Gift of Self: Shattering, Emptiness, Betrayal; and The World as Aesthetic Phenomenon, the image in abundance, the wonder of the earth, which is forthcoming.

     His thinking evolved from American Pragmatism through Process Philosophy to Continental Philosophy, seeking through imagination and reflection to open new interdisciplinary questions concerning art, language, ethics and politics.

     President Lois B. DeFleur wrote in nominating Ross for promotion: “His work on ‘the good’ renews an overdue examination of philosophy’s answer to some elemental human questions. The level of skill with which he dissects these subjects demonstrates his nearly unmatched mastery of the history of philosophy.”

     Ross founded the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Program at Binghamton. This interdisciplinary program addresses the ways in which cultural forms of knowledge and expression shape and are shaped by human practices and experience. In 1998, he established the Stephen David Ross University & Community Projects Fund to encourage collaboration among University faculty, staff and students with local service organizations to benefit Greater Binghamton.

     Ross, who received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia in 1956, also earned a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia.  He lives in Binghamton.

Last Updated: 9/17/13