Professor Gary Jason, PhD | Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Gary James Jason

University Affiliation Information

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
    California State University, Fullerton
    P.O. Box 6868
    Fullerton, CA 92834-6868
  • Joined department in 2002
  • Prior teaching experience dating back to 1975
  • Office: LH 524
  • Office phone: 657-278-6744
  • Home phone: 949-606-5576
  • E-mail:


  • Ph.D. (1982) in Philosophy (History and Philosophy of Science program), the University of Illinois.
  • M.S. (l986) in Computer Science from Kansas State University. Took additional graduate C.S. courses at University of California, Irvine (1986-7, full-time; 1988-9, part-time).
  • M.A. (1976), Philosophy from the University of Illinois.
  • B.A. (1971), Physics and Philosophy from UCLA.
  • California Community College Teaching Credential in Philosophy and Religion (valid for life).
  • California Community College Teaching Credential in Computer Science (valid for life).

Academic History

  • Spring 2002-present:  philosophy instructor at Cal State University Fullerton.
  • Fall 1986-1998: Adjunct professor of philosophy at San Diego State University, Saddleback College, and Orange Coast College.
  • Spring l984-Summer l986: Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.
  • 1979-1984 Lecturer in Philosophy at San Diego State University and Saddleback College.
  • The years l975-l979 were spent teaching at a number of colleges in the Los Angeles area, including Loyola Marymount University, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles Valley College and Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

Academic Honors

  • Outstanding Lecturer Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, California State University, Fullerton—Fullerton Campus (2017).
  • Outstanding Teaching Award from California State University, Fullerton—Irvine Campus (2014).
  • Admitted to Upsilon Pi Epsilon (the National Computer Science Honorary Fraternity) (1987).
  • Admitted to Pi Mu Epsilon (the National Mathematics Honorary Fraternity) (1969).
  • Admitted to the California Scholarship Federation (1967).

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Patron Member);
  • American Association for Artificial Intelligence (Life Member);
  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers (Life Member);
  • American Mathematical Society (Life Member);
  • American Philosophical Association (Life Member);
  • American Physical Society (Life Member);
  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (Life Member);
  • Association for Psychological Science (Life Member);
  • Australasian Association for Philosophy (Life Member);
  • British Philosophical Association (Life Member);
  • Canadian Philosophical Association (Life Member);
  • Charles S. Peirce Society (Sustaining Member);
  • International Association for Computing and Philosophy (Life Member);
  • National Association of Scholars (Life Member);
  • Philosophy of Science Society;
  • Royal Institute of Philosophy;
  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (Benefactor).

Courses Taught:

  • Anglo-American Philosophy 1900-1950 (upper division);
  • Business Ethics (upper division);
  • Classics in Western Philosophy;
  • Contemporary Moral Issues (upper division);
  • Critical Thinking;
  • Inductive Logic;
  • Introduction to Ethics;
  • Introduction to Logic;
  • Introduction to Meta-logic (upper division);
  • Introduction to Philosophy;
  • Philosophy of Religion (upper division);
  • Philosophy of Science (upper division);
  • Symbolic Logic (upper division);
  • Theory of Knowledge (upper division).


  • (Currently) Senior Editor for Liberty
  • (Past) Series editor for Jones and Bartlett publishers (series in Logic and Critical Thinking)


    • Academic Books
      1. The Critical Thinking Book, Broadview Press (2022).
      2. Cinematic Thoughts: Essays on Film and the Philosophy of Film Peter Lang Academic Publishers (2021).
      3. Purchase, Power, and Persuasion: Essays in Political Philosophy Peter Lang Academic Publishers (2021).
      4. Philosophic Thoughts: Essays on Logic and Philosophy (2013) Peter Lang Academic Publishers (American University Studies: series V, Philosophy: Vol. 214).
      5. Critical Thinking: Developing an Effective World-view (2001) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company. New printing now available through CreateSpace Publishing.
      6. Introduction to Logic (1994) Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth Publishing Company (Preliminary edition, Clear Thinking: An Invitation to Logic published 1992 by Jones & Bartlett Publishers). New printing available through CreateSpace Publishing.
      7. The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1989) Bern: Peter Lang Academic Publishers (American University Studies: Series V, Philosophy: Vol. 46).


    • Academic Articles and Review Essays
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      1. Film review essay: “The Past as Prologue: Why the Ukrainians Fight so fiercely,” forthcoming in Liberty.
      2. Film review essay: “Countering Birth of a Nation in Film,” forthcoming in Liberty.
      3. Film review essay: “The Birth of a Nation and the Birth of Cancel Culture,” in Liberty, July 23, 2022.
      4. Film review essay: “Memorializing Genocide II: Later Holocaust Documentaries,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 40 (1): 67-86 (2018).
      5. Article: “Selling Genocide II: The Later Films,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 39 (1): 97-123 (2017).
      6. Article: “Buying Genocide, Part 3,” in Liberty, September 26, 2017.
      7. Article: “Buying Genocide, Part 2,” in Liberty, August 14, 2017.
      8. Article: “Buying Genocide, Part 1,” in Liberty, July 14, 2017.
      9. Book review essay: “Debunking Neo-Socialism,” in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, 17 (1): 84-103 (2017).
      10. Book review essay: Eamonn Butler, Classical Liberalism: A Primer, in Philosophia 45: 387-395 (2017).
      11. Film review essay: “Memorializing Genocide I: Earlier Holocaust Documentaries,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 38 (2): 64-88 (2016).
      12. Article: “Selling Genocide I: The Earlier Films,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies 38 (1): 127-157 (2016).
      13. Book review essay: “Whence did German Propaganda Films Derive Their Power?” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies 38 (1): 166-181 (2016).
      14. Book review essay: “Total Regime, Total Propaganda,” in Liberty, July 3, 2016
      15. Book review essay: “Are We All Little Eichmanns?” in Philosophia 44 (1): 1-13 (2016).
      16. Film review essay:  “Portraits of Egoism in Classic Cinema III: Nietzschean Portrayals,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 37 (2): 150-162 (Fall 2015).
      17. Film review essay: “Portraits of Egoism in Classic Cinema II: Negative Portrayals,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 37 (1): 119-136 (Spring 2015).
      18. Book review essay: Al Gini and Alexei Marcoux’s The Ethics of Business: A Concise Introduction, in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 36 (1): 143-161 (July 2014).
      19. Film review essay: “Portraits of Egoism in Classic Cinema I: Sympathetic Portrayals,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 36 (1): 107-121 (July 2014).
      20. Book review essay: “The History of Cinema and America’s Role in It,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 35 (1): 170-186 (July 2013).
      21. Film review essay: “Film and Propaganda: What Nazi Cinema Has to Tell Us,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 35 (1): 203-219 (July 2013).
      22. Article: “A Classical Liberal Case for Immigration Reform,” in Liberty, December 7, 2012.
      23. Article: “Does Virtue Epistemology Provide a Better Account of the Ad Hominem Argument? A Reply to Christopher Johnson,” in Philosophy, 86 (1): 95-119 (2011).
      24. Article: “Classic Problem, Classic Films: Conflicts of Loyalty in War Movies,” in Liberty, September 19, 2011.
      25. Book review essay: “The Case for Free Trade,” books reviewed Joseph Desjardins An Introduction to Business Ethics and Daniel Griswold The Case for Free Trade, in Liberty, December 2010, pp. 33-41.
      26. Article: “The Ethics of Closed Shops,” in Liberty, January-February 2009, pp. 51- 54.
      27. Book review essay: “Whence this Libertarian View of Life?” book reviewed: C. Duncan and T. Machan, Libertarianism: For and Against, in Liberty, January-February 2008, pp. 54-60.
      28. Article: “The Market for Body Parts,” in Liberty, October 2007, pp. 33-36.
      29. Movie review essay: “Ein Volk, Ein Fuhrer”: a review of: Triumph of the Will, in Liberty, April 2007, pp. 48-51.
      30. Article:  “Patent Statistics and Social Science Research,” (with Professor Greg Brunk) in Stuart Nagel, ed. Creativity: Being Usefully Innovative in Solving Diverse Problems, Huntington: Nova Science Publishers: pp. 13-26 (2000).
      31. Article: “Hedging as a Fallacy of Language” in Informal Logic, 10 (3): 169-175 (1990).
      32. Article: “On the Nonexistence of Computer Ethics” in Social Philosophy Today Vol. 4, pp. 197-206 (1990).
      33. Article: “The Role of Error in Computer Science” in Philosophia 19 (4): 403-416 (1989).
      34. Article: “Fallacies are Common” in Informal Logic 11 (2): 101-106 (1989).
      35. Article: “The Nature of the Argumentum of Baculum” in Philosophia, 17 (4): 491-499 (1987).
      36. Article: “Erotetic Logic as a Specification Language for Database Queries,” MS Thesis, Kansas State University (Department of Computer Science), LD .2668, .T41986, J37 e.2: 1-37 (1986).
      37. Article: “Epistemologies and Apologies” in Dialectica, 40 (1): 45-58 (1986).
      38. Article: “Are Fallacies Common? A Look at Two Debates.”  in Informal Logic, Vol. 8 (2): 81-92 (1986). Reprinted in: Selected Issues in Logic and Communication, Trudy Grovier (ed.) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1988.
      39. Article: “Two Problems of Induction,” in Dialectica, 39 (1): 53-74 (l985).
      40. Article: “Science and Common Sense,” in Journal for Critical Analysis, 8 (4): 117-123 (1985).
      41. Article: “Using Philosophical Dilemmas to Teach Composition,” in Teaching English in the Two Year College, 12 (3): 183-190 (1985).
      42. Article: “Is There a Case for Ad Hominem Arguments?”  in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 62 (2): 182-185 (l984).
      43. Article: “Dialectic and Desiderata,” in Journal for Value Inquiry, 18 (2): 139-144 (1984).
      44. Article: “Roadblocks to Research,” in Part-Time Academic Employment in the Humanities (ed. by Elizabeth Wallace): 66-68 (1984).
      45. Article: “Deontologism and Dialectic,” in Journal for Value Inquiry l7 (2):  ll9 – l3l (l983).
      46. Article: “The Impact of Warfare on the Rate of Invention” (with Professor Greg Brunk), in Scientometrics, 3 (6):437-455 (1982). Reprinted in: The Handbook of Policy Creativity, ed. By Stuart Nagel, Nova Science Publishers (2002).
      47. Article: “Notes toward a Formal Conversation Theory” in Grazer Philosophische Studien Vol. 10 (1980).
      48. Article: “The Logic of Soul-Making,” in Metanoia XII (1): 19-22 (1980).
      49. Article: “The Concept of Discovery” in Journal for Critical Analysis, 7 (4): 109-118 (1979).


    • Academic Book Reviews
      1. Review of: Karen Liebreich, The Black Page: Interviews with Nazi Filmmakers, f in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, Vol. 39, (2): 105-107 (2017).
      2. Review of: Gillian Brock and Michael Blake, Debating Brain Drain: May Governments Restrict Emigration? in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 56 (1): 196-198 (2017).
      3. Review of: Randal Marlin, Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (2nd edition), in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 55 (3): 545-547 (2016).
      4. Review of: Philip Booth (ed.), …and the Pursuit of Happiness: Wellbeing and the Role of Government, in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 37 (1): 148-163 (Spring 2015).
      5. Review of: Eamonn Butler, Public Choice: A Primer, in Philosophia, 41 (3): 917-922 (2013).
      6. Review of: Donald Livingston (ed.), Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century, in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 34 (2): 211-214 (October 2012).
      7. Review of: Nicholas Phillipson, Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life, in Philosophia, 40 (4): 919-922 (2012).
      8. Review of: G. Becker, Immigration: Meeting the Challenge, in Liberty, October 18, 2011.
      9. “Against the Grain”: a review of: M. Winchell, God, Man and Hollywood, in Liberty, December 2010, pp. 46-48.
      10. Review of: H. Johns and P. Ormerod, Happiness, Economics, and Public Policy, in Independent Review, 14 (3): 458-460 (Winter 2010).
      11. Review of:  C. Robinson, Arthur Seldon: A Life for Liberty, in Liberty, November 2009, pp. 42-43.
      12. Review of: M. Skousen, The Big Three in Economics, in Liberty, July 2009, pp. 43-44.
      13. Review of: A. Brooks, Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth of Compassionate Conservativism, in Liberty, March 2009, pp. 43-46.
      14. Review of: C. Dyble, Taming Leviathan: Waging a War of Ideas around the World, in Liberty, July 2008, pp. 46-47, 50.
      15. Review of: J. Berlau, Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism is Hazardous to Your Health, in Liberty, April 2008, pp. 42-44.
      16. Review of: J. Greene, Education Myths, in Liberty, June 2007, pp. 41-45.
      17. Review of: R. J. McNally, Remembering Trauma, in Philosophia, 34 (4): 477-481 (2006).
      18. Review of: D. Flynn, Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas, in Liberty, September 2006, pp. 47-49.
      19. Review of: R. T. Carroll, The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, & Dangerous Delusions, in Liberty, October 2005, pp. 44-45.
      20. Review of: F. C. Crews, Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend, in Philosophia, 33: 1-4 (2005).
      21. Review of: O. Gersemann, Cowboy Capitalism: European Myths, American Reality, in Liberty, August 2005, pp. 37-41.
      22. Review of: S. Hicks, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, in Liberty, June 2005, pp. 46-50.
      23. Review of: J. Simon, A Life Against the Grain: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Economist, in Liberty September 2004, p. 51.
      24. Review of: F. Schauer, Profiles, Probabilities, and Stereotypes, in Academic Questions, 17 (2): 80-84 (Spring 2004).
      25. Review of: R. Turner, Logics for AI, in Philosophia, 19 (1): 81-83 (1989).
      26. Review of: P. Harmon and D. King, Expert Systems, in Technology and Culture (Jan. 1988).
      27. Review of: D. Johnson and J. Snapperz (eds.), Ethical Issues in the Use of Computers, in Journal of Social Philosophy, 19 (1): 55-56 (1988).
      28. Review of: M. Schagrin, R. Dipert, and W. Rapaport, Logic: A Computer Approach, in Philosophia, 17 (4): 557-558 (1987).
      29. Review of: H. Gardner, The Mind’s New Science, in Philosophia 17 (2), 1987.
      30. Review of: D. N. Walton, Logical Dialogue-Games and Fallacies, in Philosophia, Vol. l7 (1): 97-99 (1987).
      31. Review of: G. Wood, The Myth of Neurosis, in Chronicles of Culture (October 1986).
      32. Review of: P. Kitcher, Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism, in California Review (November 1985).
      33. Review of: J. T. Johnson, Can Modern War Be Just? in Chronicles of Culture (June 1985).
      34. Review of: A. Grunbaum, The Foundations of Psychoanalysis, in California Review (June 1985).


  • Movie Reviews
    1. “The Temptations of a Journalist—A Review of Mr. Jones,” forthcoming in Liberty.
    2. “Miss Education—a review of Miss Virginia” in Liberty, April 22, 2021.
    3. “Beauty’s in the Eye of the State: A Review of Belief & Beauty—The History of the Nazi BDM Movement (Glaube & Schönheit)”, in Liberty, October 26, 2018.
    4. “Another Small Piece of a War: A Review of Charlie and his Orchestra”, in Liberty, December 4, 2017.
    5. “Infinity in One Hour, 48 Minutes”: a review of: The Man Who Knew Infinity, June 3, 2016.
    6. “Restoring a Lost Art”: review of: The Artist, in Liberty, January 11, 2012.
    7. “Breaking Out of the Box”: a review of: Temple Grandin, in Liberty, January 31, 2011.
    8. “Beyond the Textbooks”: a review of: Good, in Liberty, November 30, 2010.
    9. “Beating the Heat”: a review of: Cool It, in Liberty, November 22, 2010.
    10. “Art for the Sake of Art”: a review of: Georgia O’Keeffe, in Liberty, August 2010, pp. 39-40.
    11. “On the Road Again”: a review of: Route 66, in Liberty, July 2010, pp. 50-52.
    12. “Last Rites”: a review of: Departures, in Liberty, June 2010, pp. 43-45.
    13. “Swedish Sherlock”: a review of: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in Liberty, June 2010, pp. 43-44.
    14. “Why Jonny Cant Reed”: a review of: The Cartel, in Liberty, May 2010, pp. 44-45.
    15. “The Breeding of an Empire”: a review of: The Young Victoria, in Liberty, April 2010, pp. 51-52.
    16. “Breaking the Shackles”: a review of: 2081, in Liberty, April 2010, pp. 53-54.
    17. “Mercurial Theater”: a review of: Me and Orson Welles, in Liberty, March 2010, pp. 48-49.
    18. “Style with Substance”: a review of: Coco before Chanel, in Liberty, March 2010, pp. 52-53.
    19. “Why Men Fight”: a review of: The Hurt Locker, in Liberty, December 2009, pp. 52-3.
    20. “Orphans on the Silk Road”: a review of: The Children of Huang Shi, in Liberty, December 2009, p. 54.
    21. “Through Other Eyes”: a review of: Séraphine, in Liberty, October 2009, p.49.
    22. “A Cry for Justice”: a review of: The Stoning of Soraya M., in Liberty, October 2009, p. 51.
    23. “Final Trip”: a review of Taking Chance, in Liberty, September 2009, p. 39.
    24. “Hobbesian Hell”: a review of Gommora, in Liberty, June 2009, pp. 46-47.
    25. “Old Genre, New Treat”: a review of: Transsiberian, in Liberty, April 2009, p. 52.
    26. “A Good Vintage”: a review of: Bottle Shock, in Liberty, December 2008, p. 52.
    27. “Guys and Dolls”: a dual review of: The Kite Runner and Lars and the Real Girl, in Liberty, September 2008, pp. 50-51.
    28. “Sicko Ideal”: a dual review of A Short Course in Brain Surgery and The Lemon, in Liberty, August 2008, p. 14.
    29. “Filmmaker, Heal Thyself”: a review of: Manufacturing Dissent, in Liberty, August 2008, pp. 44-45.
    30. “Forgotten Horror”: a review of: Nanking, in Liberty, August 2008, pp. 46-47.
    31. “Dissent for Me, Not Thee”: a review of: Indoctrinate U, in Liberty, July 2008, p. 57.
    32. “Out of the Lenin Shipyard”: a review of: Strike, in Liberty, in Liberty, January-February 2008, pp. 65-68.
    33. “From Russia with Mob”: a review of: Eastern Promises, in Liberty, December 2007, pp. 49-50.
    34. “Imagining the Young Jane Austin”: a review of: Becoming Jane, in Liberty, November 2007, pp. 43-44.
    35. “Tragedy and Triumph”: a review of: La Vie en Rose, in Liberty, October 2007, pp. 48-49.
    36. “Dinner’s Comin, Rat Now”: a review of: Ratatouille, in Liberty, October 2007, pp. 50-52.
    37. “Completely Charming”: a review of: Once, in Liberty, October 2007, pp. 52-53.
    38. “Tour de Paris”: a review of: Paris, je t’aime, in Liberty, August 2007, pp. 50, 52.
    39.  “Hearts of Darkness”: a review of: The Last King of Scotland, in Liberty, April 2007, p. 44.
    40. “The Importance of ‘Happyness’”: a review of: The Pursuit of Happyness, in Liberty, March 2007, p. 48.
    41. “Cancer Merchant”: a review of: Thank You for Smoking, in Liberty, March 2007, pp. 51-52.
    42. “Lost Classic”: a review of: The Lost City, in Liberty, December 2006, pp. 52-3.

Grants and Fellowships

  • 1984 NEH Summer Seminar (in Inductive Logic) held at the University of Rochester; Seminar Director: Professor Henry Kyburg, Jr.