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 since 1995. Students have included lawyers, judges, medical doctors, university faculty and staff, fashion designers, artists, actors, financial professionals, computer programmers, construction workers, and others from many walks of life.
Additional 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 1991 to 1995, he 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 Scholar at the Philosophy Department, the University of Texas, Austin (Summer 2017).
Dr. Scott's scholarly articles have been published by, e.g., Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, and his two new books recently became available: The 2nd edition of Aristotle's Favorite Tragedy: Oedipus or Cresphontes? (Feb 2018) and his 2nd edition of Aristotle on Dramatic Musical Composition: The Real Role of Literature, Catharsis, Music and Dance in the POETICS (Sept 2018). Currently, he is in the midst of completing three other books: The first, in progress for over 24 years, with expected publication in January 2019, is Aristotle's "Not to Fear" Proof for the Necessary Eternality of the Universe without the Unmoved Mover. The second, with expected publication in January 2020, is The Meanings of Life; 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. The third, with research just beginning in earnest, is also based on a course he taught frequently and is a theory of sexuality that tackles some of the more difficult topics in the discipline.
In addition to academic philosophy, Dr. 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 also became professionally involved in computer technologies while pursuing his 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, and Computer Studies in Human Movement.
Dr. 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. His dance-related articles have appeared in Dance Research Journal and in Dance Research He is also now beginning a book on the philosophy of classical dance with a chapter on a new approach to choreography.
Dr. 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 in daily life, especially at the computer keyboard, he attempts to bring to bear holistically the knowledge and experience from all his areas of expertise.