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Cook, S. D. Noam

Lecturer AY-D,  Philosophy
Professor, Graduate Programme Coordinator

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TT 12:00 -- 1:00 & by appointment


S. D. Noam Cook’s interests have long centered on the intersection of traditional areas of philosophy with current applied settings. Accordingly, his publications, research and consulting interests have focused on social philosophy (social and technological change, learning in social systems, the interdependence of human, artefactual and natural systems); epistemology (the relationship between knowledge and practice, the nature of know-how, the functions of judgment and expertise); and value theory (business, professional and environmental ethics). Trained in both philosophy and social science, he has pursued these interests though research involving interviewing and consultation, participant-observation, and ethnographic studies. His work has entailed collaboration with practitioners in several academic and professional fields—including science and engineering, public policy, creative arts, education, social work, and business. He has been awarded major research funding from the National Science Foundation and from Xerox Corporation. He has given invited presentations on his work to academic, industrial and governmental institutions in the US and abroad—including MIT, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Claremont McKenna College, Rice University, Texas A&M, Leiden University in The Netherlands, the University of Westminster in London, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna Austria, Aichi Gakuin University in Nagoya, the Japanese Society for Information and Management, MITRE Corporation, Xerox research centers in the US, UK and France, the national government of The Netherlands, and various US federal agencies. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. After receiving his doctorate, he spent two years on the research staff of Harvard Business School doing research and curriculum development in the area of Business Ethics. He was for ten years a consulting researcher at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). Since 1997 he has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.