Professor Gary Jason, PhD | Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Gary James Jason

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  • 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) in 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: Loyola Marymount University, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles Valley College and Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

Academic Honors

  • Outstanding Lecturer Award from California State University, Fullerton—College of Humanities and Social Sciences (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 Informal Logic and Critical Thinking;
  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (Life Member);
  • Association for Psychological Science (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);
  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (Benefactor);
  • Also memberships in thirty other academic organizations.

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. Philosophic Thoughts: Essays on Logic and Philosophy (2013) Peter Lang Publishers (American University Studies: series V, Philosophy: Vol. 214).
    2. Critical Thinking: Developing an Effective World-view (2001) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company. Currently under contract with Broadview Press to produce a second edition under the title The Critical Thinking Book by end of 2017.
    3. 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.
    4. Student Study Guide for Introduction to Logic (1994) Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers (title now owned by Wadsworth Publishing Company).
    5. The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1988) Bern: Peter Lang Publishers (American University Studies: Series V, Philosophy: Vol. 46).
  • Academic Articles and Reviews
    All articles are available for downloading on,, and

    1. Film review essay: “Memorializing Genocide II: Later Holocaust Documentaries, in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 40 (1): 67-86 (2018).
    2. Review of: Karen Liebreich, The Black Page: Interviews with Nazi Film-makers, in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, Vol. 39, (2): 105-107 (2017).
    3. Article: “Selling Genocide II: The Later Films,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 39 (1): 97-123 (2017).
    4. Article: “Buying Genocide: Part 3,” in Liberty, September 26, 2017.
    5. Article: “Buying Genocide: Part 2,” in Liberty, August 14, 2017.
    6. Article: “Buying Genocide: Part 1,” in Liberty, July 14, 2017.
    7. Book review essay: “Debunking Neo-Socialism,” in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, 17 (1): 84-103 (2017).
    8. Film review essay: “Memorializing Genocide I: Earlier Holocaust Documentaries,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, 38 (2): 64-88 (2016).
    9. Review of: Eamonn Butler, Classical Liberalism: A Primer, in Philosophia 45: 387-395 (2017).
    10. Article: “Selling Genocide I: The Earlier Films,” in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies 38 (1): 127-157 (2016).
    11. 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).
    12. Book review essay: “Total Regime, Total Propaganda,” in Liberty, July 3, 2016
    13. Book review of: Gillian Brock and Michael Blake, Debating Brain Drain: May Governments Restrict Emigration? in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, FirstView article, June 2016, pp. 1-2
    14. Book review essay: “Are We All Little Eichmanns?” in Philosophia 44 (1): 1-13 (2016).
    15. Review of: Randal Marlin, Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (2nd edition), in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 55 (3): 545-547 (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. 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).
    19. 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).
    20. 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).
    21. 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).
    22. Review of: Eamonn Butler, Public Choice: A Primer, in Philosophia, 41 (3): 917-922 (2013).
    23. “A Classical Liberal Case for Immigration Reform,” in Liberty, December 7, 2012.
    24. 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).
    25. 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).
    26. Review of: Nicholas Phillipson, Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life, in Philosophia, 40 (4): 919-922 (2012).
    27. 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).
    28. Review of: G. Becker, Immigration: Meeting the Challenge, in Liberty, October 18, 2011.
    29. Article: “Classic Problem, Classic Films: Conflicts of Loyalty in War Movies,” in Liberty, September 19, 2011.
    30. 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.
    31. Review of: H. Johns and P. Ormerod, Happiness, Economics, and Public Policy, in Independent Review, 14 (3): 458-460 (Winter 2010).
    32. Review of: M. Skousen, The Big Three in Economics, in Liberty, July 2009, pp. 43-44.
    33. “The Ethics of Closed Shops,” in Liberty, January-February 2009, pp. 51- 54.
    34. 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.
    35. “The Market for Body Parts,” in Liberty, October 2007, pp. 33-36.
    36. Movie review essay: “Ein Volk, Ein Fuhrer”: a review of: Triumph of the Will, in Liberty, April 2007, pp. 48-51.
    37. Review of: R. J. McNally, Remembering Trauma, in Philosophia, 34 (4): 477-481 (2006).
    38. 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.
    39. Review of: F. C. Crews, Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend, in Philosophia, 33: 1-4 (2005).
    40. Review of: J. Simon, A Life Against the Grain: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Economist, in Liberty September 2004, p. 51.
    41. Review of: F. Schauer, Profiles, Probabilities, and Stereotypes, in Academic Questions, 17 (2): 80-84 (Spring 2004).
    42. 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).
    43. Article: “Hedging as a Fallacy of Language” in Informal Logic, 10 (3): 169-175 (1990).
    44. Article: “On the Nonexistence of Computer Ethics” in Social Philosophy Today Vol. 4, pp. 197-206 (1990).
    45. Article: “The Role of Error in Computer Science” in Philosophia 19 (4): 403-416 (1989).
    46. Review of: R. Turner, Logics for AI, in Philosophia, 19 (1): 81-83 (1989).
    47. Article: “Fallacies are Common” in Informal Logic 11 (2): 101-106 (1989).
    48. Review of: P. Harmon and D. King, Expert Systems, in Technology and Culture (Jan. 1988).
    49. 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).
    50. Article: “Erotetic Logic as a Specification Language for Database Queries,” MS Thesis, Kansas State University (Department of Computer Science) LD.2668.T4 J37 e.2: 1-37 (1986).
    51. Review of: M. Schagrin, R. Dipert, and W. Rapaport, Logic: A Computer Approach, in Philosophia, 17 (4): 557-558 (1987).
    52. Article: “The Nature of the Argumentum of Baculum” in Philosophia, 17 (4): 491-499 (1987).
    53. Review of: H. Gardner, The Mind’s New Science, in Philosophia 17 (2), 1987.
    54. Review of: D. N. Walton, Logical Dialogue-Games and Fallacies, in Philosophia, Vol. l7 (1): 97-99 (1987).
    55. Article: “Epistemologies and Apologies” in Dialectica, 40 (1): 45-58 (1986).
    56. 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.
    57. Review of: G. Wood, The Myth of Neurosis, in Chronicles of Culture (October 1986).
    58. Review of: P. Kitcher, Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism, in California Review (November 1985).
    59. Review of: J. T. Johnson, Can Modern War Be Just?, in Chronicles of Culture (June 1985).
    60. Review of: A. Grunbaum, The Foundations of Psychoanalysis, in California Review (June 1985).
    61. Article: “Two Problems of Induction,” in Dialectica, 39 (1): 53-74 (l985).
    62. Article: “Science and Common Sense,” in Journal for Critical Analysis, 8 (4): 117-123 (1985).
    63. Article: “Using Philosophical Dilemmas to Teach Composition,” in Teaching English in the Two Year College, 12 (3): 183-190 (1985).
    64. Article: “Is There a Case for Ad Hominem Arguments?”  in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 62 (2): 182-185 (l984).
    65. Article: “Dialectic and Desiderata,” in Journal for Value Inquiry, 18 (2): 139-144 (1984).
    66. Article: “Roadblocks to Research,” in Part-Time Academic Employment in the Humanities (ed. by Elizabeth Wallace): 66-68 (1984).
    67. Article: “Deontologism and Dialectic,” in Journal for Value Inquiry l7 (2):  ll9 – l3l (l983).
    68. 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).
    69. Article: “Notes toward a Formal Conversation Theory” in Grazer Philosophische Studien Vol. 10 (1980).
    70. Article: “The Logic of Soul-Making,” in Metanoia XII (1): 19-22 (1980).
    71. Article: “The Concept of Discovery” in Journal for Critical Analysis, 7 (4): 109-118 (1979).
  • Trade Books
    1. Devious Thoughts: Unconventional Thoughts on Contemporary Issues (2018) CreateSpace Publishing.
    2. Disturbing Thoughts: Unorthodox Writings on Timely Issues (2015) CreateSpace Publishing.
    3. Dangerous Thoughts: Provocative Writings on Contemporary Topics (2011) Bloomington, IN:   Xlibris Books.
  • Cultural, Political and General Interest Articles
    130 articles published. Listed on the full vita on my website.
  • Reviews of Trade Books
    30 published. Listed on the full vita on my website.
  • Op/Eds
    61 opinion editorials published in major newspapers, mostly in the Orange County Register. Listed on the full vita on my website.
  • Movie Reviews
    38 published. Listed on the full vita on my website.
  • Other Short Commentary Pieces
    396 pieces published. Listed on the full vita on my website.

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