About Me

Jim Lamb

Background
  • I earned a PhD in philosophy from Brown University in 1972, studying under Roderick Chisholm and Ernest Sosa. I then taught logic and philosophy full and part time at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for 35 years.
  • I’ve published a handful of papers, e.g. in the Philosophical Review and Journal of Philosophy.
  • I was also Director of Computer Services at Ebby Halliday Realtors for 28 years.
  • I currently teach informal courses on scientific theories, philosophy, statistics, constitutional law, and contemporary issues in the SAIL program at Collin College, Plano, TX.
How I Became a Philosopher
  • I became a philosopher as a teenager in high school.
  • I had been raised a Roman Catholic, accepting church dogma without question. But at the same time I was very rational. So I decided to live my life so as to maximize the probability of going to heaven. Which meant becoming a priest.
  • But a thought struck me one day that changed my life:
    • What if I’m wrong?
    • What if I lived my entire life based on a falsehood?
  • My irreligious experience had awakened me from my dogmatic slumber.
  • I proceeded to ask myself the quintessential philosophic question:
    • How do I know?
    • How do I know that God exists, that there’s a heaven and hell, that what the Church taught was true?
  • I had become a philosopher.