Professor Steven Gimbel, Ph.D.

Professor Steven Gimbel
  • Gettysburg College
  • Johns Hopkins University
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Scientists give us new accounts of how the universe works, and philosophers unpack those theories to see what they tell us about what is real.

Professor Steven Gimbel holds the Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and his doctoral degree in Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his dissertation on interpretations and the philosophical ramifications of relativity theory. At Gettysburg, he has been honored with the Luther W. and Bernice L. Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Gimbel’s research focuses on the philosophy of science, particularly the nature of scientific reasoning and the ways that science and culture interact. He has published many scholarly articles and four books, including Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion; and Einstein: His Space and Times. His books have been highly praised in periodicals such as The New York Review of Books, Physics Today, and The New York Times, which applauded his skill as “an engaging writer…[taking] readers on enlightening excursions…wherever his curiosity leads.”

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  1. Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor Sale

    Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor

    Steven Gimbel
    4.6 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    In the 24 insightful and—yes—humorous lectures of Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor, Professor Steven Gimbel guides you through philosophical theories of humor, from blatantly obvious puns to sly twists of language. Rooted in the observations of thinkers like Aristotle and Sigmund Freud, this course will leave you with a stronger appreciation of the jokes you tell and the jokes you hear.
  2. An Introduction to Formal Logic Sale

    An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Steven Gimbel
    4.6 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    From advertisers trying to separate you from your money, to politicians trying to get your vote, to friends who want you to agree with them, many people use flawed and misleading arguments to sway your behavior. Formal logic is intellectual self-defense and the key to clear thinking, good planning, and sound reasoning. Learn the principles in 24 lucid lectures taught by a professor who practices what he teaches.
  3. Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science Sale

    Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    Steven Gimbel
    4.6 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    No subject is bigger than reality itself and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality has been undergoing continual revision for centuries. The quest to pin down what’s real is both philosophical and scientific. Redefining Reality , presented by award-winning Professor of Philosophy Steven Gimbel, shows that separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual...
  4. (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set on sale

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $611.00 Starting at $124.90 $178.90 $124.90$178.90
    Law and logic don’t naturally fit together but as you’ll discover in this useful two-course set, these topics go hand in hand when put into practical applications. You’ll learn how to think, talk, and apply logic like a lawyer though the 48 lectures of Law School for Everyone. Then, learn logic from the ground up with An Introduction to Formal Logic.
  5. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Redefining Reality Set on sale

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Redefining Reality

    Steven Gimbel
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    This two-course set looks at some of the greatest minds and methods in philosophy. First, explore logic from the ground up, from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting-edge ideas on the frontiers of the discipline, with An Introduction to Formal Logic. Then, take what you learned and apply it to the quest to discover what reality is with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science.
  6. (Set) Redefining Reality & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" Set on sale

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World"

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $608.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    For truly deep thinkers, Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" covers a number of fascinating topics, including probability, statistics, and geometry, along with Euclidean space, Plato’s Cave, and more. But to get to the heart of this subject, it’s also important to define what the “real world” is. Pair this course with Redefining Reality to fully understand the intellectual implications and nature...
  7. (SET) Take My Course, Please! & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set on sale

    (SET) Take My Course, Please! & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Steven Gimbel
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $88.90 $124.90 $88.90$124.90
    Join Professor Steven Gimbel to look at philosophy in a whole new way with this two-course set. Discover why understanding how humor works helps us understand a little bit better how we, as human beings, work with Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor. Then, examine logic from the ground up—from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting edge ideas on the frontiers of the discipline with An...
  8. (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality Set on sale

    (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    This fascinating two-course set shows us how our brain creates the experiences we call reality. Take a philosophical and scientific look at consciousness with Mind-Body Philosophy. Then, quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory from a philosophical and scientific perspective with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science.
  9. (Set) Redefining Reality & The Philosopher’s Toolkit Set on sale

    (Set) Redefining Reality & The Philosopher’s Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $488.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    Philosophy is best practiced with an eye to other disciplines. The Philosopher’s Toolkit provides subjects you thought you knew through the lens of philosophy, providing new insights and interpretations. Paired with Redefining Reality, which uses other subjects to help scope the meaning of reality, you’ll get a deep understanding of the questions at the heart of every philosophy discussion.
  10. (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality Set on sale

    (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    Discover how science fiction reflects reality with this intriguing two-course set. Philosophy is the search for truth and Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy reveals how that truth can be best discovered through the lens of science fiction. Then, Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science touches on many aspects of the ceaseless search for reality, both scientific and philosophical.
  11. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Mathematical Decision Making Set on sale

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Mathematical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $88.90 $124.90 $88.90$124.90
    Learn how to overcome the fallacies that lead to bad decisions with this two-course set. An Introduction to Formal Logic will teach you how to sharpen your intellectual self-defense against assaults on reason, while Mathematical Decision Making: Predictive Models and Optimization teaches you the major mathematical techniques, applications, and spreadsheet procedures for basic analytics.
  12. (Set) Redefining Reality & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution Set on sale

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $497.00 Starting at $97.90 $142.90 $97.90$142.90
    Understand your universe better with this profound two-set course. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, demonstrates how relativity and quantum physics touch the very basis of physical reality. However, what is reality? Redefining Reality takes this study to the next level, looking at the ways science has shaped our understanding of reality.
  13. (Set) The Theory of Everything & Redefining Reality Set on sale

    (Set) The Theory of Everything & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    Defining reality is a task that needs frequent updates and this two-course set gives you cutting edge views of a complex subject. Join scientists trying to solve nature’s ultimate mystery in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Then, learn how separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual adventure with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern...
  14. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Philosopher's Toolkit Set on sale

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Philosopher's Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $400.00 Starting at $88.90 $124.90 $88.90$124.90
    This two-course set helps you improve your critical thinking skills. Start by learning the basis of rational thought and intellectual self-defense with An Introduction to Formal Logic. Then, The Philosopher’s Toolkit arms you against the perils of bad thinking and supplies you with an arsenal of strategies to help you be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in all aspects of your daily life.
  15. (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind Set on sale

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $506.00 Starting at $93.90 $133.90 $93.90$133.90
    An incomparable introduction to the question of what the mind is and what reality is, these courses are ideal for anyone who ponders philosophical thought and the Greek aphorism, "know thyself." Philosophy of the Mind investigates the endlessly interesting phenomena of mind. Redefining Reality looks at the ways in which science, politics, religion, and our culture has shaped our understanding of reality.