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Dr. Zachary Isrow

Associate Professor

352-638-9822 Ext. 222zisrow@beaconcollege.eduZachary Isrow's Resume


  • Ph.D. from Uniwersytet Economiczny w Poznaniu: Behavioral Economics (in progress)
  • Ph.D. from Alma Mater Europaea: Philosophy and Anthropology
  • M.L.A. from the University of Chicago: Philosophy and Religion
  • B.A. from Aurora University: Philosophy

Areas of Study

Philosophical anthropology; ontology; value-theory (normative ethics, aesthetics, and economics); social, political and cultural thought; cultural astronomy; history and philosophy of science (cosmology and cognitive science); Kant and Post-Kantian philosophy

About Dr. Zachary Isrow

Dr. Zachary Isrow is assistant department chair of humanities and an associate professor of humanities. Born in Germany, he earned his bachelor of arts from Aurora University in philosophy, a master’s from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate in humanities (philosophy and anthropology) from Alma Mater Europaea. He is finishing a second doctorate in behavioral economics at Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu. He is the author of many articles and chapters, and his first book, “The Spectricity of Humanness,” was published in 2022 with DeGruyter. He is currently working on a second book focusing on future-oriented ethics, and a third book focused on the relationship between food and politics.

In his academic work, he is concerned most primarily with the ontological foundations of humanness and the implications of contemporary realisms on our understanding of what makes us human. He also pursues creative work as a writer and composer. His first musical, Raven’s Stars, for which he composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics and script, premiered in Chicago in March 2023. He is currently working on the scripts and scores of two animated films as well as another musical.

Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Gold Congressional Award-Presented in Washington DC by Former Congressman Don Manzullo


  • 2024 — “Towards and Anthropology of Play: Eugen Fink and Being-in-the-World,” in Phenomenology, Metaphysics, Ontology: Essays on Eugen Fink, Ed. lulian Apostolescu. Berlin: de Gruyter
  • 2022 — The Spectricity of Humanness: Spectral Ontology and Being-in-the-World. Berlin: De Gruyter
  • 2022 — “The Different Philosophies and Personalities of the Internal and External Martial Arts: From the Freedom of Airbending to the Acrobatics of Firebending” in Avatar, The Last Airbender and Philosophy, Ed. Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt, The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series