Philosophical Consulting

Gregory Scott, PhD, Founder & Owner

B.A.,     Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

M.A.,    Philosophy, Columbia University, New York City

Ph.D.,    Philosophy, University of Toronto


Dr. Scott has taught The Meaning of Life along with The Art and Theory of Dance at New York University for the School of Professional Studies periodically since 1995. Students have included lawyers, judges, physicians, university faculty and staff, fashion designers, artists, actors, financial professionals, computer programmers, construction workers, and others from many walks of life. 

     Other professional philosophical experience has included teaching The Philosophy of Art and The Philosophy of Sex at the New School University in New York City from 1996-2001. From 1991 to 1995, Scott was an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, St. Mary's University (Halifax, NS), and Texas Tech University, and previously an instructor at the University of Toronto while finishing his doctorate. Other courses taught include Ethics, Business Ethics, Birth of Western Philosophy, Aristotle, Philosophy of Culture, Aesthetics, Philosophical Anthropology, Formal Logic, Critical Thinking, Early Modern Philosophy (The British Empiricists), and Art, Nature, and Philosophy, the last with a curator from the Royal Ontario Museum. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Philosophy Department, Princeton University (1995-7) and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Philosophy Department, the University of Texas, Austin (Summer 2017).

     Scott's scholarly articles have been published by, e.g., Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, and three related books recently became available: The 2nd edition of Aristotle's Favorite Tragedy:  Oedipus or Cresphontes? (Feb 2018) and the 2nd edition of Aristotle on Dramatic Musical Composition:  The Real Role of Literature, Catharsis, Music and Dance in the POETICS (Sept 2018).  The third, A Primer on Aristotle's DRAMATICS (also known as the POETICS), published Feb 2019, is an abridged version of Aristotle on Dramatic Musical Composition, and is designed for students or non-specialists just being introduced to probably the most important work on literary and dramatic theory in Western culture.  In May 2019 Scott published a book that has been in progress for 26 years, Aristotle's "Not to Fear" Proof for the Necessary Eternality of the Universe. He is now continuing with a partially completed draft of The Meanings of Life, with expected publication in 2020-1;  it examines the metaphysical and ethical answers to the question "Why are we here?", and stems from teaching the course with the similar name over many years.  

    In addition to academic philosophy, Scott has actively engaged in two other professions, dance education and information technologies. After studying at the San Francisco Ballet School and the National Ballet School of Canada, he taught ballet in New York and California, and became professionally involved in computer dance technologies while pursuing his academic degrees. He subsequently directed the doctoral studies program in dance education at New York University from 1995-8. During that time he created and headed The Practice and Theory of Teaching Ballet, a summer program that featured Claude Bessy and Serge Golovine of the Paris Opera Ballet School (1997) and Dinna Bjørn of the Royal Danish Ballet School (1998). He also taught Philosophy of Dance, Dance History, Research in Dance, Curriculum K-12, Ballet Technique, and Computer Studies in Human Movement.

     Starting in 1995, Scott also began exploring instruction and performance over the Web, and guided a doctoral student who helped construct the first online dance course, highlighting Lifeforms (now known as DanceForms), a 3-D animation package for computer choreography. Scott's work in new dance technologies extends an interest that dates back to the 1980's, when as a graduate student he began programming in Pascal and when he ran his own computer consulting business in Toronto, training individuals in software and hardware. He is cited in Symlog, a computerized logic text, for helping implement the program at St. Mary's University, has programmed with, and taught, Java (with an emphasis on servlets, EJB's and portlets), XML, web services, Perl, Javascript and DHTML, and worked in related roles for IBM from 2001 until 2016. The final four years he focussed on cloud offerings and co-authored Establishing a Secure Hybrid Cloud with the IBM PureApplication Family (IBM Redbooks, February 2016).

     Scott has been an invited speaker at international dance, academic, and computer conferences, was noted in net.Learning, a PBS documentary in 1999, and has been featured in the New York press. With dance-related articles having appeared in Dance Research Journal and in Dance Research, he is also slowly writing a book on the philosophy of classical dance with a chapter on a new approach to dance composition, explaining "melkines" (which are to dance as melodies as to music), a word he had to coin because in over 2000 years, dancers, choreographers, and theorists have not recognized the phenomenon.  A presentation at the European Society for Aesthetics, Warsaw, June 2019, introduced the new theory to academics.

    Scott has taught philosophy workshops for high school students and has been counseling individuals since 1994 on how one's beliefs and theories impact one's life. Whether teaching, mentoring, consulting, or counseling, and whether the topic is abstruse metaphysics or posture at the computer keyboard, he attempts to bring to bear holistically the knowledge and experience from all his areas of expertise.

[edited 7/12/19]