Bard Faculty

Robert Tully

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Primary Academic Program: Philosophy


BA, Yale University; DPhil, University of Oxford. Dr. Tully’s areas of research and publication include 20th-century British philosophy, theory of knowledge, philosophy of language, and logic. He is professor of philosophy emeritus at the United States Military Academy at West Point and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. He is the founder of the Mid-Hudson Philosophical Society, an informal federation of the philosophy programs at Bard, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, and West Point. He is also cofounder, with Bruce Chilton and the late Jacob Neusner, of the Bard–West Point collaboration, a biennial multidisciplinary project for Bard undergraduates and West Point cadets enrolled in parallel courses with faculty from both institutions providing common course content. At West Point, he taught ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy, and logic. Publications include Intolerance: Political Animals and Their Prey (with Chilton); Just War in Religion and Politics (with Chilton and Neusner); Logic with Symlog: Learning Symbolic Logic by Computer (with Frederic Portoraro); “Three Studies of Russell’s Neutral Monism,” in Russell; “Informal Logic,” in Oxford Companion to Philosophy; “Regarding Privacy,” in Russell and Analytic Philosophy; and “Sub-Tractatus,” in Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences; among many others. At Bard since 2018.