Daniel N. Robinson

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Daniel N. Robinson
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Born (1937-03-09)March 9, 1937
Monticello, New York
Died September 17, 2018(2018-09-17) (aged 81)
Frederick, Maryland
Fields Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Law
History of Psychology
Institutions University of Oxford
Georgetown University
Alma mater B.A. Colgate University
Ph.D. City University of New York (Neuropsychology)
Notable awards Lifetime Achievement Award (American Psychological Association
Division of the History of Psychology)
Distinguished Contribution Award (American Psychological Association Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology)
Distinguished Alumni Award (2009), Graduate Center, City Univ. New York [1] Joseph Gittler Award (American Psychological Association

Daniel N. Robinson (9 March 1937 – 17 September 2018)[2] was an American psychologist who was a professor of psychology at Georgetown University and later in his life became a fellow of the faculty of philosophy at Oxford University.


Robinson published in a wide variety of subjects, including moral philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, legal philosophy, the philosophy of the mind, intellectual history, legal history, and the history of psychology. He held academic positions at Amherst College, Georgetown University, Princeton University, and Columbia University. In addition, he served as the principal consultant to PBS and the BBC for their award-winning series "The Brain" and "The Mind", and he lectured for The Great Courses' series on Philosophy. He was on the Board of Consulting Scholars of Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions[3] and was a Senior Fellow of BYU's Wheatley Institution.[4] In 2011, he received the Gittler Award[5] from the American Psychological Association for significant contributions to the philosophical foundations of Psychology. "

Primary interests

Robinson’s interests ranged over the brain sciences, philosophy, law and intellectual history. Several of his works were illustrative of these interests. Regarded as a classic in its field, his An Intellectual History of Psychology[6] was praised by Ernest Hilgard for its “…development of ideas as they provide alternative perspectives on the nature of mind…The reader is carried along on a genuine intellectual adventure."[7] Robinson’s enduring interest in Aristotle’s thought was summarized in Aristotle’s Psychology,[8] which Deborah Modrak described as “Easy to read and informative” predicting that it would “no doubt prompt readers to reflect on the relevance of Aristotle’s work to modern psychology…” (International Studies in Philosophy, Volume 23, Issue 3, 1991; pp. 142–143). In this connection, Robinson was among the small group assembled by Martin Seligman in 1999 to develop the framework for Positive Psychology.[9]

In Wild Beasts and Idle Humours,[10] Robinson offered a treatise on the relationship between science and jurisprudence as this developed from ancient to contemporary times. Michael Perlin describes the book as “truly unique. It synthesizes material that I do not believe has ever been considered in this context, and links up the historical past with contemporaneous values and politics. Robinson effortlessly weaves religious history, literary history, medical history, and political history, and demonstrates how the insanity defense cannot be fully understood without consideration of all these sources.” Robert Kinscherff states that it “…reads like the inner workings of a fascinating and disciplined narrative mind.”[11]

Robinson’s major work in moral philosophy was Praise and Blame: Moral Realism and Its Application.[12] Reviewing the book in Review of Metaphysics, Jude P. Dougherty writes, “The richness of this work cannot be comprehended in one reading. Whether the reader agrees or not with the author, one has much to learn from the profundity of Robinson's insight into the framing of moral judgment”. (Rev. Metaphys., 2003, vol. 56, 899-900.)

Central to Robinson’s concerns were the conceptual and philosophical foundations of psychology and related subjects. Of Robinson’s Philosophy of Psychology,[13] William Dray wrote that “this highly readable book squarely addresses fundamental metaphysical, epistemological and methodological problems…His clear and informed treatment…offers salutary challenge to much conventional wisdom on the nature and prospects of psychological science.[14]

Selected published works

  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1966). "Visual reaction time and the human alpha rhythm: The effects of stimulus luminance, area, and duration". Journal of Experimental Psychology. 71 (1): 16–25. doi:10.1037/h0022683. PMID 5902138.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, D. N. (7 October 1966). "Disinhibition of Visually Masked Stimuli". Science. 154 (3745): 157–158. Bibcode:1966Sci...154..157R. doi:10.1126/science.154.3745.157. PMID 5922862. S2CID 32267073.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, D. N. (2 June 1967). "Visual Discrimination of Temporal Order". Science. 156 (3779): 1263–1264. Bibcode:1967Sci...156.1263R. doi:10.1126/science.156.3779.1263. PMID 6025553. S2CID 22555505.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • ROBINSON, DANIEL N. (1 February 1968). "Visual Disinhibition with Binocular and Interocular Presentations". Journal of the Optical Society of America. 58 (2): 254–7. Bibcode:1968JOSA...58..254R. doi:10.1364/JOSA.58.000254. PMID 5638912.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, D. N. (9 January 1970). "Critical Flicker-Fusion of Solid and Annular Stimuli". Science. 167 (3915): 207–208. Bibcode:1970Sci...167..207R. doi:10.1126/science.167.3915.207. PMID 5409650. S2CID 27931120.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1973). "Therapies: A clear and present danger". American Psychologist. 28 (2): 129–133. doi:10.1037/h0034244. PMID 4689042.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1986). "What Sort of Persons Are Hemispheres? Another Look at 'Split-Brain' Man". The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 27 (1): 73–78. doi:10.1093/bjps/37.1.73. S2CID 229320696.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1982). "Cerebral plurality and the unity of self". American Psychologist. 37 (8): 904–910. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.37.8.904. PMID 7137701.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1984). "Ethics and advocacy". American Psychologist. 39 (7): 787–793. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.39.7.787.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1 January 1991). "Antigone's Defense: A Critical Study of "Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays"". The Review of Metaphysics. 45 (2): 363–392. JSTOR 20129179.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1993). "Is there a Jamesian tradition in psychology?". American Psychologist. 48 (6): 638–643. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.48.6.638.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, D. N. (1 October 1997). "Therapy as Theory and as Civics". Theory & Psychology. 7 (5): 675–681. doi:10.1177/0959354397075005. S2CID 145802432.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1 January 1999). "Fitness for the Rule of Law". The Review of Metaphysics. 52 (3): 539–552. JSTOR 20131189.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson Daniel.“On the evident, the self-evident and the (merely) observed”.American Journal of Jurisprudence, 2002, vol 47, pp. 197–210.
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (2003). "Jefferson and Adams on the mind-body problem". History of Psychology. 6 (3): 227–238. doi:10.1037/1093-4510.6.3.227. PMID 14506810.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (1 January 2003). "How Religious Experience "Works": Jamesian Pragmatism and Its Warrants". The Review of Metaphysics. 56 (4): 763–778. JSTOR 20131898.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, D. N. (8 December 2010). "Consciousness: The First Frontier". Theory & Psychology. 20 (6): 781–793. CiteSeerX doi:10.1177/0959354310369944.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, D. N. (18 August 2010). "Do the people of the United States form a nation? James Wilson's theory of rights". International Journal of Constitutional Law. 8 (2): 287–297. doi:10.1093/icon/moq005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Robinson, Daniel N. (15 June 2012). "Determinism: Did Libet Make the Case?". Philosophy. 87 (3): 395–401. doi:10.1017/S0031819112000253.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Video Lectures / Podcasts

See also


  1. "Graduate Center Commencement 2009". www.gc.cuny.edu. Retrieved 2017-09-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Remembering Daniel Nicholas Robinson (1937-2018)
  3. "James Madison Society | James Madison Program". jmp.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2017-09-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Wheatley Institution | Organization". wheatley.byu.edu. Retrieved 2017-09-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "APF Joseph B. Gittler Award". Archived from the original on 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Robinson, Daniel N. (1995). An intellectual history of psychology (3rd ed.). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0-299-14844-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "University of Wisconsin Press". Retrieved 2019-12-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Robinson, Daniel N. (1999). Aristotle's psychology. [S.l.]: Joe Christensen Inc. ISBN 978-0-9672066-0-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Positive Clinical Psychology". 2014-10-01. Archived from the original on 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2017-09-02.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Robinson, Daniel N. (1998). Wild beasts & idle humours : the insanity defense from antiquity to the present (1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed.). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-95290-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Wild Beasts and Idle Humours — Daniel N. Robinson | Harvard University Press". www.hup.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2017-09-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Robinson, Daniel N. (2002). Praise and blame : moral realism and its application. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-05724-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Robinson, Daniel N. (1985). Philosophy of psychology. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-05923-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Robinson, Daniel N (1985). Philosophy of Psychology. ISBN 978-0-231-05923-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>