Saul Fisher

  • Associate Provost, Research, Grants, and Academic Initiatives
  • Associate Professor, Philosophy
Saul Fisher

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Dr. Fisher serves as Associate Provost for Research, Grants, and Academic Initiatives in the Office of the Provost. In this role, he has responsibilities for research and grants, adjunct faculty affairs, international activities, the Honors Program, the McNair Program, academic centers, and new academic initiatives.

Dr. Fisher is also Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities, School of Liberal Arts; and teaches as well in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Prior to joining Mercy in 2010, he served as Associate Provost of Hunter College (CUNY); Director of Fellowship Programs of the American Council of Learned Societies; and program officer at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is a member of the Board, and current chair of the Diversity Committee, of the American Society for Aesthetics; past chair of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on Non-Academic Careers, past member of the APA Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession, and past president of HOPOS—the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. He is currently an institutional representative of Mercy University to the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the Institute of International Education's IIEnetwork.

PhD, Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
MA, Philosophy, Rice University
AB, Political Science and Philosophy, Columbia University

* Aesthetics
* Philosophy of Architecture
* History and Philosophy of Science
* Higher Education Studies


2024 "On Guyer’s Vitruvian Normativity", Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics 61, no. 1, 81-89.

2023 "Architecture, Buildings, and Political Ends", Aesthetic Investigations 6, no. 1, 19-32.

2023 "Architectural Responsibilities and the Right to a City", Architecture Philosophy 6, no. 1/2, 63-82.

2023 "Hip: Personal Style and Aesthetic Property", Bloomsbury Contemporary Aesthetics Case Studies and Articles.

2020 "Lifespans of Built Structures, Narrativity, and Conservation: A Critical Note", Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics 57, no. 1, 93-103.

2019 "When is Architecture Not Design?", Laocoonte: Revista de Estética y Teoría de las Artes 6, 183-198. 2386-8449

2015 "Philosophy of Architecture", Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

2006 "Open Technologies and Resources for the Humanities — and Cooperative Consequences", Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 5, no. 2, 127-145. 1474-0222

2005 "Pierre Gassendi", Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

2000 "Architectural Notation and Computer Aided Design", Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58, no. 3, 273-289.

Book Chapters

2023 "Architecture". In: James Harold (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Art, Oxford University Press. 9780197539798

2023 "Gassendi and Epicureanism". In Delphine Bellis, Daniel Garber, and Carla Rita Palmerino (eds.), Pierre Gassendi: Humanism, Science, and the Birth of Modern Philosophy, Routledge. 9781138697454

2019 "Ruins and Sham Ruins as Architectural Objects". In: Jeanette Bicknell, Jennifer Judkins, and Carolyn Korsmeyer (eds.), Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials: Philosophical Perspectives on Artifacts and Memory, Routledge. 9781315146133

2019 "Architecture and Philosophy of the City". In: Sharon Meagher, Samantha Noll, and Joseph S. Biehl (eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of the City, Routledge. 9781315681597

2014 "Ontology of Architecture". In: Michael Kelly (ed.), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Second Edition, Oxford University Press.

2008 "Gassendi et l’Hypothèse dans la Méthode Scientifique". In: Sylvie Taussig (ed.), Gassendi et la modernité, Brepol.


2005 Pierre Gassendi’s Philosophy and Science, Brill.


* Graham Foundation (2009)
   Philosophy of Architecture: An Analytic Approach