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Nelson Lande, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer of Philosophy (Logic, Metaphysics)
  • Telephone: 617-287-6537
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,05,00044

Areas of Expertise

Medieval Islamic and Jewish philosophy, history of moral philosophy, history of political philosophy, metaphysics (Spinoza & Leibniz), Kant’s moral philosophy


PhD, Brandeis University, 1977

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Nelson Lande (PhD, Brandeis, 1977) has been teaching in the Philosophy Department at UMass Boston since January 1979.  His primary teaching focus is on Logic, Metalogic, and Philosophy of Logic. Hackett Press recently published his logic textbook, Classical Logic and Its Rabbit-Holes:  A First Course.  He also teaches Metaphysics (Spinoza and Leibniz), Social and Political Thinkers (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, and Burke), Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy, and Capitalism and Socialism.  He was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2004) and the Philosophy Department’s Robert Swartz Creative Teaching Award (2004).  His published articles include  “Trotsky’s Brilliant Flame and Broken Reed”, Social Philosophy Today, vol. 20, Summer 2004; "Maimonides on Property:  its Distribution and Accumulation", in Joseph A. Schumpeter, ed. Lawrence Moss, (London:  Routledge, 1996); "Does Pluralism Lead to Nihilism?  or:  Isn't it Time to Sacrifice an Ox?" in Defending Diversity, eds. Lawrence Foster and Patricia Herzog, (Amherst:  University of Massachusetts Press, 1994); "Posthumous Rehabilitation and the Dust-Bin of History", Public Affairs Quarterly Vol. 4, No. 3, July 1990, pp. 267-286; and "Moral Knowledge, Character, and a Dilemma:  The Easy Way In, The Hard Way Out", Philosophy in Context, Vol. 16, 1986, pp. 55-64.  


The Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching (2004)
The Philosophy Department’s Robert Swartz Creative Teaching Award (2004)


Metatheory (a more advanced Logic course: approximately once every other year as a group independent study)
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Kant’s Moral Philosophy
History of Ethics
Social and Political Thinkers
Capitalism and Socialism
Moral Issues in Medicine
Philosophy of Law
Introduction to Philosophy
Reasoning and Argument
Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed (twice as an independent study)
Spinoza’s Ethics (once as an independent study)
Medieval Jewish Philosophy (in the Honors Program)

Special Topics Courses:

Philosophy of War, Terrorism, & Torture
Contemporary Religious Fundamentalism and the European Enlightenment
Toleration and Intolerance
Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
Medieval Islamic Philosophy


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