John A. Berteaux, Ph.D


Berteaux.John for MPC

                • Professor of Philosophy
                  California State University Monterey Bay
                • Department of Philosophy, Pre Law & Peace Studies
                • Division of Humanities and Communication, Bldg.2
                • 100 Campus Center, Seaside, Ca. 93955
                • Phone:  831 676 5981
                • Email:


Citizenship:                       United States

Higher Education:
September 1969 – 1973
San Diego State University, San Diego CA
B.A. with Distinction awarded June 1973,  Department of Philosophy
September 1973 – 1974
Ph.D. Program Department of Philosophy, University of California San Diego
– (did not finish)
September 1992 – June 2000
Graduate Program Department of Philosophy, University of California San Diego
M.A. in Philosophy awarded 12/1993; ABD in Philosophy awarded 12/1995;
Dissertation successfully defended 02/2000;
All requirements completed for Ph.D. 04/12/2000; Ph.D. Conferred 06/2000

Current Employment:
Professor of Philosophy CSU Monterey Bay, August 2004 to Present.

Working knowledge of Koine Greek and Latin;
currently studying Spanish and French

Academic Honors:
J.P. Shields Scholarship 1972
San Diego Fellowship 1973
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship 1992
Graduate Dissertation Year Fellowship 1996
University of California Presidents Dissertation Year Fellowship 1996
Fellow of the Institute of Ethics and Public Affairs San Diego State University
James Hervey Johnson Fellowship (SDSU) Spring 2004
Provost Global Engagement Faculty Development Opportunity (CSUMB) Summer 2016

Teaching Honors:
Outstanding Faculty of the Year, Thurgood
Marshall College, University of California San Diego 1999.
Selected Commencement Speaker of Graduating Class of 2001,
University of California San Diego, Thurgood Marshall College.
San Diego State University Division of Undergraduate Studies 2002 selected “as
most influential university professor in academic career of Amber Joy
Hall-de-La Motte,” undergraduate division outstanding student.
San Diego State University Residential Education Office, Selected as the
Favorite Faculty by residential students at SDSU, February 2004.

Area of Specialization:
Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics, Race & Liberal Political Theory

Areas of Competence:
Social & Political Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics

Race and the Liberal Tradition
Advisors:  Gerald Doppelt (Chair), Richard Arneson (Philosophy),
Paul Churchland (Philosophy), George Lipsitz (History & Ethnic Studies),
Richard Madsen (Sociology)

Teaching Experience:
Professor of Philosophy:  California State University Monterey Bay, Epistemology, Practical and Professional Ethics, Philosophy According to the Movies, Research Methods, Medical Ethics Service Learning, Free Speech and Responsibility, Philosophy of Human Nature, Introduction to the Philosophy of Love Sex and Marriage. (August 2004 to Present)
Summer of 2015: Enstiti Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosyal (Institute of Social Work and Social Science, Haiti; Introduction of the Philosophy of Human Nature.
Assistant Professor of  Philosophy:  San Diego State University, Values, Social Ethics,Ethical Theory, Biomedical Ethics (August 2001 to August 2004)
Lecturer:  University of California San Diego, Dimensions of Culture I Diversity, Dimensions of Culture II Justice (September 1994 – August 2001)
Lecturer:  University of California San Diego, Honors Seminar – Modern Moral Issues (1998 – 2001)
Lecturer:  San Diego State University, Introductory Philosophy, Introductory Logic, Social Ethics (1995-2001)
Lecturer:  University of San Diego, Introductory Philosophy (1998-2001), Introductory Logic (2000)
Lecturer:  University of Redlands, Philosophical Foundations of Management 310 (1999)
Adjunct Faculty:  Palomar Community College, Ethical and Political Values, Knowledge and Reality (1994-1996)
Teaching Assistant:  University of California San Diego, Ethics & Society, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Humanities I & II, Dimensions of Culture Diversity, Dimensions of Culture Justice, Dimensions of Culture Imagination (1993-1994)

Peer Reviewed Articles:
Spring 2020 Academic Questions A Publication of the National Association of Scholars, Humanistic Inquiry: Reconciling Reality, Knowledge, and Imagination
Summer 2017 Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 9 No. 2 Black France, Black America: Engaging Historical Narratives.
Fall 2013 The Journal for Social Era Knowledge Adding Relational Accountability to Issues Concerning the Ethics of Care Volume 1, October 1st.
Fall 2010 Academic Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 14 Issue 3, Zeitgeist Essay: In Teaching, Efficiency Isn’t Sufficient.
Spring 2010 Peer reviewed article for The Journal of Contemporary Philosophy What about Race after Obama: Individualism, Multiculturalism, or Assimilationism?
July-September 2005 Peer reviewed article for Human Rights Review What are the Limits of Liberal Ideals and Values in Relation to Overcoming Global Inequality and Injustice? Article appears in Vol. 6, issue 4.
Spring 1999 Peer reviewed article for Critica A Journal of Critical Studies, Rethinking Race, and Troubling Empiricism.  Proceedings of a conference held February 28, 1998 at the University of California, San Diego.  Multicultural Citizenship, Group Rights, and Race.

Book reviews:
Forthcoming Fall 2021 Review for Comparative Civilization Review, of Rutger Bregman’s Humankind: A Hopeful History.
Spring 2021 Review for Comparative Civilizations Review, of David J. Rosner’s Catastrophe and Philosophy Review appears in No. 84.
Spring 2020 Review for Comparative Civilizations Review, Applying Wisdom When Civilization Is At a Crossroads of Geoffrey Parker’s Global Crisis: War Climate Change & Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century and William Goetzmann’s Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible appears in No. 82.
Spring 2015 Review for Journal For Peace & Justice Studies of Justice through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment by Nick Smith. Review appears in Vol 24, No. 1.
Spring 2010 Review for Ethics: an international journal of social legal and political philosophy, of Race, Rights and Recognition by Derrick Darby.  Review will appear in Vol. 120, No. 3 of the journal.
Spring 2009 Review for Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, of Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter, Review will appear in Vol. 2, Issue 1 of the journal.
Winter 2008 Review for Journal for Peace & Justice Studies, of Stepping Out of the Brain Drain: Applying Catholic Social Teaching in a New Era of Migration. By Michele R. Pistone and John J. Hoeffner. Review will appear in Vol. 17, Number 2 of the journal.
Fall 2005 Opening the Doors of Academe,Review for The NEA Higher Education Journal: Though and Action of Leveling the Playing Field: Justice, Politics, and College Admissions by Robert K. Fullinwider and Judith Lichtenberg.  Vol. XXI.
January-March 2005 Review for Human Rights Review of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference : A Debate by Carl Cohen and James Sterba.  Review will appear in Vol. 6, Issue 2.
October 2000 Review for Center for Teaching and Learning, review of The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School by Neil Postman.
September 2000 Review for Australasian Journal of Philosophy, review of Cultural Pluralism, Identity Politics, and the Law ed. George Lipsitz
July 1998 Review for Ethics: an international journal of social legal and political philosophy, review of Public Education In A Multicultural Society: Policy, Theory, Critique ed. Robert K. Fullinwider.

January 2005- January 2008 I wrote a monthly column (Connections) about diversity for the Monterey County Herald. I continue to contribute editorials for the Monterey County Herald, Monterey Weekly and the online journal Black Commentator.

Fall 2012
Diversity in the Professorate, California Faculty Association Magazine:
Fall 2008
The 6th edition of The Moral of the Story, 2008, McGraw Hill, New York, Chapter 7 will contain as Primary Reading Narratives the columns “Defining Racism in the 21st Century,” and “Unheard, Unseen, Unchosen.” These columns were first published in the Monterey Herald in 2005 and 2006.
Fall 2002 sensabilities[sic]: A Publication of the La Roche Center for the Study of Ethics, Is the Racial Divide in Health Care the Result of Racism?

September 2021 International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Review of David Rosner’s, Catastrophe and Philosophy
June 2019 International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Humanistic Inquiry: Reconciling Knowledge, Reality & Imagination.
June 2018 International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Review of Eric Hairston’s, The Ebony Column: Classics, Civilization and the African American Reclamation of the West.
June 2017 International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations Black France, Black America: Engaging Historical Narratives.
July 2016: Jazz and Music of the African American Diaspora, University of California San Diego Global Seminar Program in Paris France, Black America / Black France.
March 2011 Commentator at the 69th Annual National Midwest Political Science
Association Conference. Commenting on Identity, Difference, and Belonging.
April 24, 2009 Presentation Wither Now Individualism, Multiculturalism, or
at The Ohio State University
April 17, 2009 Presentation Whither Now Individualism, Multiculturalism, or
at San Diego Mesa College.
February 2009 Host for AALP Conference at Steinbeck Center Salinas California.
December 2008 Host for President Speaker Irshad Manji.
Invitee March 7-9 2008 Annual Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable
University of Washington Seattle.  I will be presenting with Prof. Gerald
Doppelt of the University of California at San Diego a paper we are working on The
Place of Self-Respect in a Theory of Social Justice

Keynote Address, African American Grad Night 2007, California State
University Monterey Bay
Keynote Address, Monterey Peninsula College, for Black Student Union 2006
Invited to comment on a paper by Robin Attfield, of Cardiff University.
The title of the paper:  Mediated Responsibilities and the Scope of
 The title of the conference:  Global Justice and Climate
Change.  It was held at San Diego State University April 6-7 2006.
Invited to present:  Bridging the Racial Divide in Healthcare for
the conference “Just Doctoring: Can Medical Education Address Racial and Ethnic
Disparities in Health Care”.  October 8th  2005 at Stritch School of
Medicine Loyola University Chicago
Invited to give keynote address to Monterey Peninsula College Faculty on Flex
Day August 18th 2005 Title: Race and Affirmative Action.
Invited to present:  What are the Limits of Liberal Ideals and Values
in Relation to Overcoming Global Inequality and Injustice?
Philosophers For Peace Globalization Conference at University of North Carolina
Charlotte Oct 28-31 2004.  This paper was presented at the American
Philosophical Association Pacific Meeting March 2004 and at the Radical
Philosophy Conference in Havana Cuba June of 2002.
Bridging The Racial Divide in Healthcare Presented at the Annual Meeting
of Association of Profession and Practical Ethics, February 2004.

The American Philosophical Association
Public Philosophy Network
Board Member International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations
Executive Editor Comparative Civilizations Review
Program Chair for International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilization’s 50th Annual Conference in Bucharest Romania.

Invitee:  “Historically Black Colleges and Universities Introductory Bioethics Faculty Invitational Workshop” Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.  I attended this workshop April 8-9 2002.
Invitee:  Liberty Fund Colloquium – a meeting designed to bring a small number of  scholars together to encourage exploration of ideas about individual liberty, diversity, and group rights, June 17-20 2004.
Invitee:  Faculty Summer Institute 2004.  This was a summer institute held at Dartmouth College.  Its purpose was to prepare select faculty to teach genetic literacy and to introduce some of the key ethical, legal, and social implications of human genome research, July 25-30 2004.

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