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Fall 2008 Courses

PSYC 2000

Humanistic Psychology



PSYC 3470

Existential Psychology




PSYC 6010

Human Growth & Potential



My Vision of  Psychology



My 9 Rules of Thumb for Teaching


Some Radical Questions for Psychology


A Conversation About Humanistic Psychology, pt.1


A Conversation About Humanistic Psychology, pt.2


A Conversation About Humanistic Psychology, pt.3


The Postmodern Intensification of Hum. Psych.


Postmodern Humanistic Psych. and Academe


Post-apocalyptic Film & the Po.Mo. Apocalypse



Curriculum Vitae

































  Eric Dodson, Ph.D.

   Associate Professor of Psychology


    Ph.D., Duquesne University

    M.A., Duquesne University

    M.S., University of Delaware

    B.S., Pennsylvania State University



ďThe road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.Ē                                                            -- Wm. Blake


"Those thinkers in whom all stars move in cyclic orbits are not the most profound. Whoever looks into himself as into vast space and carries galaxies within himself, also knows how irregular all galaxies are; they lead into the chaos and labyrinth of existence..."
                                             -- Friedrich Nietzsche


Eric received his B.S. in computer science from Pennsylvania State University, his M.S. in computer science from the University of Delaware, and his M.A. and Ph. D. in phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University. Ericís past areas of interest have included (1) exploring the psychology of teaching from an existential-phenomenological standpoint, (2) rethinking the meaning of academic intellectuality in  terms of humanistic psychology, and (3) exploring the psychological significance of living in a postmodern, telematic, technological world.  Ericís current interests lie in Buddhist psychology, and in innovating a psychology of decadence and related phenomena.


Influential Books
Simulation and Simulacra, (Jean Baudrillard)
The Ethics of Ambiguity, (Simone de Beauvoir)
I and Thou, (Martin Buber)
The Myth of Sisyphus, (Albert Camus)
Finite and Infinite Games, (James Carse)
Journey to Ixtlan, (Carlos Castaneda)
My 60 Memorable Games, (Bobby Fischer)
Man's Search for Meaning, (Viktor Frankl)
Being & Time, (Martin Heidegger)
Siddhartha, (Hermann Hesse)
The True Believer, (Eric Hoffer)
Ideas, (Edmund Husserl)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, (Charles Mackay)
The Discovery of Being, (Rollo May)
The Further Reaches of Human Nature, (Abraham Maslow)
The Phenomenology of Perception, (Maurice Merleau-Ponty)
Collected Translated Works, (Friedrich Nietzsche)
On Becoming a Person, (Carl Rogers)
Being & Nothingness, (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Zen Mind, Beginnerís Mind, (Shunryu Suzuki)
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, (Chogyam Trungpa)
The Myth of Freedom, (Chogyam Trungpa)

Music (guitar, bass, piano, recording, performing, etc.)
Physical Fitness (running, weight-training, swimming, biking)