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Alex Hooke: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

Alex Hooke , Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
Public History | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Alex Hooke
Office Hours
Mon/Wed/Fri. 10-11 a.m. 3-3:30 pm.
Office Location

Meditation Center

Greenspring Campus

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PhD, Philosophy, University of Missouri
MS, Philosophy, West Chester State College
BS, Communications & Philosophy, Towson State College
Journalism, Community College of Baltimore

Professional Experience

Villa Julie College/Stevenson University, 1985-Present
University of Wisconsin-Marathon, 1983-1985
Villa Julie College, 1978-1980



Philosophy Sketches--700 Words at a Time, 2nd Edition (Apprentice House, 2021)

The Twilight Zone and Philosophy (Open Court, 2019), Co-Editor

Alphonso Lingis and Existential Genealogy (Zero Books, 2019)

Philosophy Sketches - 700 Words at a Time (Apprentice House, 2018)

Encounters with Alphonso Lingis (Lexington, 2003), Co-Editor

Virtuous Persons, Vicious Deeds: Introductory Readings in Ethics (Mayfield, 1999), Editor                                

Instructor’s Manual for Virtuous Persons, Vicious Deeds (Mayfield, 1999)


"The Shawshank Redemption as Philosophy: Freedom and the Panopticon,” Popular Culture as Philosophy, ed. Kyle Johnson (Palgrave, 2021)

"A Curse of Forbidden Knowledge," Indiana Jones and Philosophy, ed. Dean Kowalski, (Blackwell, 2021)

"Twilight of Humanism," The Many Lives of the Twilight Zone, ed. Ron Reikke (McFarland, 2021)

“Yes, I Did It!, ” Perry Mason and Philosophy, ed. Heather Rivera (Open Court, 2020)

“Trust and Temptation at the Office,” Perry Mason and Philosophy (Open Court, 2020)

“Judge Not, Lest You…” Perry Mason and Philosophy (Open Court, 2020)

"A New Justice, A New Watchword," Cultural Politics (Winter, 2020)

"Witch Hunts," Conspiracy Theories and Philosophy, ed. Greene and Greene (Open Court, 2020)

"Nietzsche and Sartre Meet... in The Twilight Zone," Philosophy Now (December 2019)

"Faces From Another Dimension," The Twilight Zone and Philosophy, eds. Rivera and Hooke (Open Court, 2019)

"That Unnamed Zone We Call Freedom," The Twilight Zone and Philosophy (Open Court, 2019)

"Line Drawing," Bad Arguments: The 100 Greatest Fallacies of All-Time, eds. Arp, (Wiley/Blackwell, 2019)

"On Being Judged and Misunderstood," Philosophy Now (Oct/Nov, 2018)

“Collaborations,” Passion in Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Alphonso Lingis, ed. Randy Wheeler (Lexington, 2016)

“Hope and Hell in The Shawshank Redemption,” Philosophy Now    (May/June 2014, Issue 102)

“Alphonso Lingis,” International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Science, Technology and Engineering, 2nd Ed., MacMillan (2014)

“Virtue Ethics,” (Revised) International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Science, Technology and Engineering, 2nd Ed., MacMillan (2014)

“Michel Foucault,” (Revised) International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Sciences, Technology and Engineering, 2nd Ed., MacMillan (2014)

“Corpses Don’t Lie,” Forensics Journal: A Scholarly Review Vol. 3 (2012)

“Seeing Differently After Foucault’s Discipline and Punish,” The Recorder: Journal of Alpha Chi Honor Society (Fall, 2009)

“A Moral Logic to the Archives of Pain: Rethinking Foucault’s Work on Madness,” Political Theory 37/3 (June, 2009)

“On ‘The First Person Singular’” Philosophy in Review (Summer 2008)

Silence, Sound and Sarcasm in The Maltese Falcon,” Humanities/AITIA (Summer, 28/2, 2008)

The Original Magic Show,” Basketball Times (Dec., 2006)

“The Pain Beyond Law,” The Long Term View (Spring, 2006; Vol. 6, 4)

“Of Earth’s Inhuman Inhabitants,” Parallax 38 (January/March 2006)

“Justice and Biology, Revisited,” Philosophy Now (Jan./Feb.,  2005)

“Virtue Ethics,” Encyclopedia for Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed. Carl Mitcham (MacMillan, 2005) Translated into Japanese

“Michel Foucault,” Encyclopedia for Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed. Carl Mitcham, (MacMillan, 2005)

“The Most Silent of Men: Nietzsche’s Other Madness,” Journal of Phenomenological Psychology (Winter, 2003. 34/1)

“Alphonso Lingis’s We – A Collage, Not a Collective,” Diacritics (Winter 2003, 31/4)

“We Envious Ones,” Humanities AITIA (Fall, 2003, 24/3) 

“Silent Communities: Foucault and Lingis on the End of Philosophy,” Encounters with Alphonso Lingis, ed. Hooke and Fuchs (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2003)

“On ‘The Imperative’” Continental Philosophy in Review (August 2001)

“Faces For A Philosophy Of The Morning: Alphonso Lingis and a Wanderer’s Will to Truth,” Philosophy Today, 42/4 (Winter, 1998)

“An Ethic Of Accompanying the Dying:  Reflections on the Work of Alphonso Lingis,” Philosophy Today, 42/5 (Supplement, 1998)

“Spectacles of Morality, Spectacles of Truth,” International Studies in Philosophy, (Spring, 1998)

“Crime, Theory, and Science:  A Rejoinder to Anarchic Criminology,” Social Pathology, co-author  (January 1997)

“Training Police in Professional Ethics:  Violence and the Ethos of Distrust,” Contemporary Journal of Criminal Justice 12/3 (August, 1996)

“Existentialism and Ad Hominen Arguments,” Argumentation: Proceedings of Third Annual ISSA Conference, (University of Amsterdam, 1996), Vol. 2

"Blind Justice Versus The Civilizing Eye: Sartre and Foucault on the Paradox of Race, Crime, and Justice," Contemporary Journal of Criminal Justice, (Spring, 1992 8/2)

"Tortuous Logic and Tortured Bodies: Why is Ad Baculum a Fallacy?” Proceedings ISSA Conference,   (University of Amsterdam, 1991)

“Warren, Nietzsche and Political Thought,” Political Theory 18/3 (August 1990)

”Convicts, Deviants, and Flawed Utopias," Taking Sides: Clashing Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, ed. R.C. Monk (Dushkin Publishing Co., 1989)

"The Order of Others: Is Foucault's Antihumanism Against Human Action?" Political Theory 15/1 February, 1987, (Reprinted in Michel Foucault: Critical Assessments, Vol. III, ed. Barry Smart (Routledge, 1994)

"Self-Esteem and The Second Principle of Rawls," Leviathan, ed. Bien and Robinson (Klare Ltd., Allentown, PA, 1986)

"On The Genealogy of Foucault," Structures of Knowing, ed. R.C. Monk (University Press of America, 1986)


"Lithium batteries, another false panacea?"  The Washington Times, September 2021

"Super Bowl Gambling -- Daring the Odds and Gods” Blackwell Series on Pop Culture and Philosophy, ed. William Irwin (2021)

"Remembering A Writer and Our Bonds with Pets,” Guest Editorial, The Baltimore Sun, July 2020

"Jackson makes Baltimore proud," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, November 2019

"An ode to The Dizz: a Baltimore Story," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, October 2019

"RIP, VW Beetle, you were ahead of your time," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, July 2019

"PETA's 'witch hunt' against Jerry Brown," Commentary, Lancaster News, June 2019

"New form of SAT profiling," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, May 2019

"Enduring appeal of The Twilight Zone," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, April 2019

"White House logic lessons," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, January 2019

"Inferior 'Supremacists'," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, August 2018

"Put down your cell phone and pick up your child," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, August 2017

"Who Gets to Draw the Line and Why?" Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, June 2017

"Sgt. Pepper Turns 50," Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, June 2017

“My Run-in With Liberal Fascism,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, January 2016

“Politically Incorrect Statues Provide a Teachable Moment,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, November 2015

“Giving the Monkey Man His Due,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, May 2015

“Are Animals People?” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, December 2014

“Stop Laboring on Labor Day,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, September 2014

“Mini Inquisitions and Commencement Speakers,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, May 2014

“The Drones are Coming,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, April 2014

“Beatles—After 50 Years Still the Sound of the Future,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sunday Sun, February 2014

“Farewell to Privacy?” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, August 2013

“A Case of Liberal Intolerance,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, April 2013

“A Grimm, Happy Anniversary,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, December 2012

“Playing it Down,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sunday Sun, November 2011

“College, Inc.” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, July 2011

“Does Watson Put Humanity’s Future in Jeopardy?” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, February, 2011

“Moral Confusion at the End of Life,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, January 2011

“In His Life, and Ours: Lennon at 70,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, October 2010

“Mentors: Richard C. Monk, Professor of Criminology,” Alpha Chi Recorder, Fall 2010

“Baltimore’s Foolish Car Fantasy,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, May 2010

“Garbage In, Garbage Out,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, June 2009

“Goucher Unfair to Accused Professor,” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, February 2009

“Let’s Profit from Slots and Other Vices,” Commentary, The Baltimore Examiner, October 2008

“Burden of ‘Buy the Book’” Op-Ed, The Baltimore Sun, December 2008.    

’Big House’ Gaines: His noble way dealt bigotry a beating,” Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, April 2005

“Religion and Science Do Have Something in Common,” Baltimore Chronicle, Fall 2005     

In Fiction and Reality, Terrorists don’t Always fit Profile,” Op-Ed; Baltimore Sun, March 2005 

“The Mayor is Not Overstating the Power of Art,” Op-Ed; Baltimore Sun, November 2004     

“Reflections Since Dangerous Emotions: An Interview With Alphonso Lingis,” Encounters With Alphonso Lingis, eds. Hooke and Fuchs (Lexington Books, 2003)

“Let It Be, Paul,” Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, October 2003

A Day to Honor Bearers of Secrets,” Op-Ed; Baltimore Sun, April 2003

“The Weapons of Greatness,” Commentary, Baltimore Chronicle, March 2003

“John Rawls, An Appreciation,” Commentary, Baltimore Chronicle, December 2002

“Are We Willing to Risk our Flesh and Blood?” Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, October 2002 (Reprinted: Miami Herald, CommondreamsVirginia Pilot)

“Character Education Cannot Be Schooled” Op- Ed, Baltimore Sun, August 2002

“A Silent End to Memorials,” Baltimore Chronicle, September 2002

“Secularism, Too, Requires Some Faith,” Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, January 2002

“A City in Chaos?” Commentary, Baltimore Chronicle, September 2001

“Shooting Down Law and Order,” Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, May 2001

“An Endless Punishment?” Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, March 2001

“To Choose To Die On One’s Own Terms,” Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, December 1996

"Superbowl: Roman Spectacle At Any Price," Baltimore Sunday Sun/Perspective, January 1995

"In The Right Direction?" Baltimore Evening Sun, January 1995

“Needlepark Zoo," Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, March 1992

"God=Comic," Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun, November 1986


Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Ethics

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Logic

Patterns of Thought: Human Nature

Logic, Language, and Thought

Professional Ethics

Philosophical Issues in Technology


Social and Political Philosophy

Philosophical Topics: Self-Knowledge

Philosophical Topics: Bodies Sacred and Profane

Philosophical Topics: Love

Philosophical Topics: Private and Public Domains

Philosophical Figures: Plato

Philosophical Figures: Existentialists

Philosophical Figures: Nietzsche

Self and Other

Troubled Truths: Fact, Fantasy, and Fiction (Honors)

The Beatles: A Musical and Cultural Event (Interdisciplinary)

Sports (Interdisciplinary)

Pleasures & Pains (Interdisciplinary)

Human(e) Nature(s)

The Face (Interdisciplinary)

Virtues & Vices

Gaming (Interdisciplinary)

Law/Crime—As Justice, Power, Drama (Interdisciplinary)

Roots of Rock and Roll, From Blues to The Beatles (Interdisciplinary)

Philosophical Topics: Humor as/and/or Truth

Deception (Interdisciplinary)

Good Words, Bad Words (Interdisciplinary)

Graduate Courses (Ecumenical Institute)

Social Justice and Modern Thought
Philosophical Critiques of Christianity



"Through the Eyes" Hailey Apperson, The Greenspring Review, Fall 2020

“A Practically Real Fantasy” JoAnne Benzing, in Critical Thinking and the Media (Institute for Critical Thinking: Montclair University Press, 1995)

“High – Risk and the Socratic Method:  Confronting the AIDS Crisis”, Jeanine L. Dilly. The National Honors Report (XVIII, 1) * Received $700 award as one of the top three papers in the national honor society contest , Spring 1997

“Truth Through Taboo: The Transgression of Death,” Jason Supenski, Proceedings of International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Tufts University, 1998 

“Ethics and the Pharmacist” Chris Buchar, Maryland Pharmacist, Spring, 1995

“Computers and Recent Debates on Artificial Intelligence”, Chris Engel, Kalaidescope, the Student Magazine for Valdosta State, 1996

“Sacred Cuts: Body Hair as a Cultural Value” Lisa Howe, Proceedings of Virginia Humanities Conference, 1997

“Friends as Meals” Virginia Petrucci, Humanities/AITIA, Spring, 2010

“Video Games and the State of Nature,” Jonah Penne, The Baltimore Sun, Op-Ed, Dec., 2009

“From Humbug to Lovebug: Scrooge’s Transformations in A Christmas Carol” Rachel Lyons, Proto, Vol. 1, 2011

“Grimm Lessons: Animals and a Child’s Vicarious Landscape” Christina Miles Proto, Vol. 2, 2012

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