Firmin DeBrabander studied Philosophy at Boston College and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and received his Ph.D. in the field from Emory University in 2002. He has taught at MICA since 2005, and served as chair of the Humanistic Studies department from 2009 until 2012. His specialties include the History of Western Philosophy, Ethics, Political Theory, and Environmental Ethics. He also teaches courses on Media Ethics, Economic Theory, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and Medical Ethics. In 2007, he published a book entitled Spinoza and the Stoics (Continuum). He has published academic articles in journals such as History of Philosophy Quarterly, International Philosophy Quarterly, and in a volume issued by Cambridge University Press entitled Stoicism: Traditions and Transformations. More recently, he has written social and political editorials for the Baltimore Sun, Counterpunch and Common Dreams. He has organized several symposia in honor of Constitution Day at the college, including such speakers as John Waters, Helen Thomas, Angela Davis, Ralph Nader, Jesse Jackson, Amy Goodman, Andrew Sullivan, and Cornel West.
- "On Valentine's Day, What Plato Can Teach You About Finding a Soulmate," Alternet, 2/13/2017.
- "Rule by the lowest common denominator? It's baked into democracy's design," The Conversation, 1/9/2017.
- "Shame on you: How baring and sharing online increases social conformity," aeon, 1/3/2017.
- "Get real, campus liberals, and prepare to battle Trump," Boston Globe, 12/12/2016.
- "Half the firearms in the U.S. are owned by 3% of adults, and that means trouble for the NRA," Los Angeles Times, 12/1/2016.
- "The NRA is Conducting a Radical Experiment on Gun Rights—and Americans are Willing Guinea Pigs," QUARTZ, June 23, 2016.
- "Why Don't We Have Better Gun Laws? Because Most of Us Don't Care Enough About Guns," The Washington Post, June 23, 2016.
- "The NRA's America," The Baltimore Sun, June 22, 2016.
- "Donald Trump Is Just the Scare We Need: Here's How a Toxic Despot Might Reinvigorate Our Democracy," Salon, May 19, 2016.
- "The Bundys Are Undermining Democracy in Oregon," New Republic, January 21, 2016.
- "How Guns Could Censor College Classrooms," The Atlantic, March 2016.
- "Malls of America: They May Masquerade as Public Spaces - But They Just Want Us to Shop," Salon, Nov. 27, 2015.
- "The NRA Wants Us to Live in Fear: The Demented, Highly Profitable and Deeply Cynical Logic Behind Arming Everyone," Salon, Nov 1, 2015.
- "New gun laws pass often in the United States. But they usually make guns easier to get.," The Washington Post, October 6, 2015.
- "Our Armed Society," The National Catholic Review, September 14, 2015.
- "We Can't Advance the Goals of Black Lives Matter Without Addressing Gun Control," The Washington Post, August 28, 2015.
- "Fox News and the NRA are Ill: 'The Gun Rights People Have Been Deceptive in Using These Incidents for Their Own Benefit'," Salon, June 19, 2015.
- "The Right's Big Gun Lie: Debunking the Phony Case that More Guns Will Stop Crime," Salon, May 24, 2015.
- "The NRA's Sinister Project: Turn America into a 'Shoot First' Society," Salon, May 12, 2015.
- "How Gun Rights Harm the Rule of Law," The Atlantic, April 1, 2015.
- "Campus Carry vs. Faculty Rights," Inside Higher Ed, March 19, 2015.
Recent Books and Publications
Stoicism: Traditions and Transformations. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments. Liveright, 2015.
Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society. Yale University Press, 2015.
Spinoza and the Stoics. Bloomsbury, 2010
This page was last updated on 02/15/2017.
Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society
- "Book Review: Do Guns Make Us Free?," Journal of Applied Philosophy.
- "Book Review: Do Guns Make Us Free?," The SAIS Europe Journal, April 23, 2016
- "Whose Democracy? Which Freedom?," America Magazine, June 15, 2016
- "Review: Firmin DeBrabander, Do Guns Make Us Free?," Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.
- "Book Reviews: May 2016," Baltimore Magazine, May 11, 2016.
- "Recent Publications - January 2016," Harvard Law Review, Jan. 11, 2016.
- "Gunned Down," by Jeremy D. Mayer, The American Interest, March 25, 2016.
- "Deadly Illusion," by Walter Brueggemann, Christian Century, August 5, 2015.
- "A philosophical lift for those troubled by Trump (episode 175)," Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun (Nov. 15, 2016).
- "Will the Orlando massacre change anything? (episode 108)" Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun (Jun. 14, 2016)
- "What we talk about when we talk about Sheila Dixon," Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun (Mar. 29, 2016).
- "Boise Center Ineterview: Firmin DeBrabander," (October 22, 2015)
- "Anti Revolver Held: Firmin De Brabander vs. de Amerikaanse Wapenlobby," standaard.be (December 19, 2015).
- "Congressman Elijah Cummings; 'Rhetoric of the Apocalypse'," Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun (Dec. 7, 2015).
- "Congressman Elijah Cummings; 'Rhetoric of the Apocalypse'," Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun (Nov. 10, 2015).
- "Congressional redistricting; gun violence; Zurawik on the GOP debate; movie reviews," Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks podcast, The Baltimore Sun (Nov. 6, 2015).
- "Guns and Liberty; Producer Debbie Bilder Talks Drones," Radio Times With Marty Moss-Coane, WYY (October 7, 2015).
- "Guns in Society: Gun Control, Self Defense, and Civil Rights," The Marc Steiner Show, WEAA (July 28, 2015).
- "Talking About Charleston," Midday with Dan Rodricks, WYPR (June 22, 2015).
- "Do Guns Make Us Free?," The Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio (NPR) (June 22, 2015).
- "Do Guns Make Us Free?," Think, KERA (NPR Dallas) (June 10, 2015).
- "On Firearms And Freedom," Midday with Dan Rodricks, WYPR (June 8, 2015).