(interviewer)Richard J. Bernstein
(subject)Jonathan F. Fanton
(subject)New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections
November 12 2012
In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, philosophy professor Richard Bernstein discusses his career trajectory, and how he came to join the Graduate Faculty (now, the New School for Social Research), following his experience teaching at Haverford College. He discusses how he became the chair of the Philosophy Department, and later, dean of the Graduate Faculty. He speaks of his work on the Enabling Committee, which handled promotions and tenure decisions. Bernstein outlines his “pluralistic” vision for the Philosophy Department, and its emphasis on the history of philosophy. Bernstein also describes his relationships with his predecessor, Ira Katznelson, and with New School presidents Jonathan Fanton and Bob Kerrey. He reflects on the integration of the New School for Social Research with other university divisions and the high quality of junior faculty, the lack of financial support in graduate study (aid for graduate students and for endowing chairs), and the loss of communal space when the division was displaced from its longtime home in 65 Fifth Avenue.
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