Gerald J. Erion, Ph.D.

Gerald J. Erion, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy


Medaille College
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214-2695

phone: 716.880.2174


Brief Biography

Dr. Erion teaches a variety of philosophy and general education courses at Medaille. His current interests include ethics, philosophy of mind, media theory, and cities. He also writes on critical thinking and the teaching of philosophy, and he does editorial work for a number of academic journals and publishers.

In addition, Dr. Erion recently helped to develop the College's new minors in Ethics and Philosophy. He has directed Medaille's undergraduate Honors Program as well.

The Medaille College Student Government Association has named Dr. Erion Professor of the Year multiple times. He has also earned the Faculty Excellence in Student Mentoring Award and the Dr. Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.



  • Ph.D., University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • B.S. magna cum laude, State University of New York College at Geneseo


Academic Interests

Philosophy: Metaphysics (esp. Ontology and Philosophy of Mind), Epistemology, Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Logic and Critical Thinking, selected History of Philosophy, Philosophical Pedagogy.

General Education: First-Year Experience, World Civilization, American History and Culture, Capstone Senior Seminar and Thesis Direction.


Selected Scholarship

  • "Rallying Against the Conflictinator: Jon Stewart, Neil Postman, and Entertainment Bias." In J. Holt (ed.) The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy (Oxford, UK/ Malden, MA: Wiley), 7-22.
  • "Kolnai and the Interesting." In G. John M. Abbarno (ed.) Inherent and Instrumental Values (Lanham, MD: University Press of America), 62-69.
  • "Engaging Student Relativism." Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies 5(1), 120-133.
  • "Descartes' Action Test." In J. Moor (ed.) The Turing Test: The Elusive Standard of Artificial Intelligence (Dordrecht/Boston: Kluwer), 241-251.


News Items

Fordham University Professor of Communication and Media Studies Lance Strate shared the story of his recent book, Amazing Ourselves to Death, and its connection to Medaille College on his blog Time Passing; a related news item appears on the Medaille News site here.

The National Teaching and Learning Forum interviewed Dr. Erion for a feature article on his student relativism research; the article is available online.

Neal Justin of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune interviewed Dr. Erion for a philosophy and popular culture story; the resulting article was published in newspapers worldwide and remains available online.

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