Eric Gander

Eric M. Gander

Phone: (646) 312- 3733
Location: VC 8234


Eric M. Gander is Associate Professor of Public Argument in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, CUNY. He earned a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.

His research focuses on improving public argument by critiquing public discussion and debate on a wide range of issues in domains like science, political philosophy, law, and ethics. He is the author of several books, including On Our Minds: How Evolutionary Psychology is Reshaping the Nature versus Nurture Debate, published in 2003 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The Harvard evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker has described On Our Minds as “lucid and thought-provoking...clear and lively enough to interest a general audience, while containing novel analyses that should be considered by the specialists.” Click here for a short description of the book. Click here for an interview with the author. Professor Gander is also the author of The Last Conceptual Revolution: A Critique of Richard Rorty's Political Philosophy, published in 1999 by SUNY Press, as well as numerous articles, book reviews, and convention papers. His work has appeared in both the academic and popular press, including The Journal of Communication Studies, The University of Illinois Law Review, and The New York Times. He has also appeared on various television talk shows as an expert commentator on political and social issues.

Professor Gander teaches undergraduate courses in Persuasion, Argumentation and Debate, and Communication Law and Free Speech. He teaches graduate courses in Theories of Persuasion, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Corporate Communication.

Recent Publications


On Our Minds: How Evolutionary Psychology is Reshaping the Nature versus Nurture Debate (Baltimore, MD.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)

The Last Conceptual Revolution: A Critique of Richard Rorty's Political Philosophy (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999). Published in both SUNY's series on The Philosophy of the Social Sciences and their series on Speech Communication.

Other Selected Publications:

“Adapted Arguments: Logic and Rhetoric in the Age of Genes and Hardwired Brains,” in Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, eds., Frans H. van Eemeren, J. Anthony Blair, Charles Williard, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans (Amsterdam: Sic Sat, 2003), pp. 355-59.

“Civil liberty versus Civil Liability: Robert O'Neil Defends the First Amendment,” The University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2002, No. 5, pp. 1321-43. (This article is available on Lexis-Nexis.)

“Prophecy as Argument: A Haunting Vision of America's Future,” in Argument at Century's End: Reflecting on the Past and Envisioning the Future, ed., Thomas A. Hollihan (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1999). 369-75.

“Answering Hitler: A Discussion of What Liberals Must Believe About Persuasion,” in Argumentation and Values: Proceedings of the Ninth SCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation, ed., Sally Jackson (Annandale, VA: Speech Communication Association, 1995), 501-04.

“Time to Vote, But Not With a Fist,” The New York Times, October 30, 1994, p. C17. (This article is available on Lexis-Nexis.)

“Rendezvous at the End of History: Francis Fukuyama and Richard Rorty on Liberal-Democratic Politics,” in Argument and the Postmodern Challenge: Proceedings of the Eighth SCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation, ed., Raymie E. McKerrow (Annandale, VA: Speech Communication Association, 1993), 314-20.

“Bill Clinton and the `R' Words: The Presidential Nominee's Acceptance Address,” Journal of Communication Studies, Fall 1993, 1-10.

“Torturers and Aesthetes: On Richard Rorty's Concept of the Self,” ellipsis: a journal of postmodern studies, Fall 1991, 167-91.

“Perry Mason, Esquire and Postmodern: The Case of Critical Legal Theory and Arguments Against Argument,” in Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Argumentation, ed., Frans H. van Eemeren (International Centre for the Study of Argumentation: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1991), 820-27.

“Habermas on Habermas: The Perils of Communicative Action in Our Postmodern Age,” 1989. ERIC Publication, ED 312699.

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