Philosophy Department

Lawrence Schmidt

Lawrence Schmidt

Professor of Philosophy

Office: Raney Building
Phone: (501) 450-1232

PDFCurriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Universität Duisburg (Germany), 1983, Philosophy
  • M.A., University of New Mexico, 1978, Philosophy
  • B.A., Reed College, 1972, Philosophy

Areas of Specialization

  • Gadamer
  • Hermeneutics
  • Heidegger
  • Dewey
  • Pragmatism
  • Modern German Philosophy

Areas of Competence

  • Philosophy of Science
  • History of Western Philosophy
  • Nietzsche
  • Indian and Chinese Philosophies
  • Logic

Selected Publications

  • Understanding Hermeneutics. Stocksfield, UK: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2006.
  • "Ethical Prejudgments in a Practical Hermeneutic Philosophy." In Kunst, Hermeneutik, Philosophie: Das Denken Hans-Georg Gadamer im Zusammenhang des 20. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg:Universitätsverlag (Winter, 2003), 131-47.
  • (edited book) Language and Linguisticality in Gadamer's Hermeneutics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2000.
  • "Respecting Others: The Hermeneutic Virtue." Continental Philosophy Review 33 (2000): 359-79.
  • "Tolerance: From a Hermeneutic Perspective." Existentia VI-VII (1996-97): 79-87.
  • "Recalling the Hermeneutic Circle." Philosophy Today 40, no.2 (1996): 263-73.
  • (edited book) The Spector of Relativism: Truth, Dialogue, and Phronesis in Philosophical Hermeneutics. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1995.
  • The Epistemology of Hans-Georg Gadamer: An Analysis of the Legitimization of Vorurteile. Frankfurt a.M., Bern and New York: Peter D. Lang, 1985 (second edition, 1987)

Recent Presentations

  • "'I'm Seeing Red': Situations in Dewey's Logic." NEH Seminar: Pragmatism: A Living Tradition. June-July 2007.
  • "Journeys: A Core Course from Greece to China, Islam, Darwin, and Home Again." Association for Core Texts and Courses. April 2007.
  • "Revisiting Gadamer's Schleiermacher Interpretation." Mid-South Philosophy Conference. February 2007.