Edgar Valdez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Dr. Valdez was born and raised in Brooklyn and his family is from the Dominican Republic. He now lives in Queens with his wife and children. When not in the classroom, he can often be found on a basketball court.


Edited Volume: Rethinking Kant Volume 6 Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Forthcoming.

“Cybernetics of Observing Systems and Lonergan’s Generalized Empirical Method,” Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Volume 17, no.5., pp. 65-70, 2020.

“Conditions for a Federation of States: Kant and the Limits of Cosmopolitan Right,” in Problematizing Cosmopolitanism, ed. Aron Telegdi-Csetri, Argonaut Press, Cluj-Napoca, pp.83-99, 2015.

“Kant, Conversion and Room for Faith,” Forum Philosophicum, Volume 18, no. 1., pp.19-35, 2014.

“Kant’s A Priori Intuition of Space Independent of Postulates,” Kantian Review, Volume 17, no. 1., pp. 135-160, 2012.

Teaching Philosophy

“I became an academic because I was moved by the power of ideas. My teaching is guided by the conviction that everyone can have an appreciation for the true, the good, and the beautiful. I take to heart Kant’s claim that all the interests of reason combine in the questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope? This provides a way to frame the objectives of a course, and of the academic endeavor more broadly, in a way that makes ideas relatable to students.”