Ph.D. Columbia University, 1977
A.B. Columbia University, 1972
Philosophy of Law; Political Philosophy; Philosophy and Race
Emeritus Director of Research, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics
Affiliate Faculty, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Dr. Altman’s research is mainly in the areas of legal and political philosophy, with a focus on contemporary topics such as terrorism, civil rights, racial and religious discrimination, and freedom of expression. He is co-author (with Lori Watson) of Debating Pornography (Oxford University Press: 2019). His other recent publications include “Targeting al Qaeda: Ethics and Law in the U.S. ‘War on Terror’,” in Rickless and Barzegan, eds. Ethics of War: Essays (Oxford University Press), “Freedom of Expression and Human Rights Law: The Case of Holocaust Denial,” in Maitra and McGowan, eds. Speech and Harm (Oxford University Press), and the articles on “Civil Rights” and “Discrimination” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.