David SprintzenDavid Sprintzen

Hometown: Syosset

Member of EHSLI since 1981

Married to Alice since 1969, with a caring son, Daniel, daughter-law Anne, and two beautiful grandchildren, Marcel and Jade. Committed to making sense of the world through philosophy and improving it where possible through social action. I taught Philosophy at Denison University and LIU-Post for 40 years, have participated in effective social action for even more years, and have written 4 books and numerous articles on philosophy, social theory, and contemporary politics.

If you were having your last meal on earth what would it be?

Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream sundae.

What do you do in your spare time? (e.g., hobbies or other volunteer work)

Work to build a more decent world.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend? 

Spend time with family and friends including my extended family at the Ethical Humanist Society, as well as eating at a nice restaurant and seeing a classical play.

What is your ideal vacation?

There several possibilities. Spending time with my wife, son and his family at our house in Connecticut, attending a philosophical conference at a nice hotel in a culturally interesting location, traveling with my wife to a beautiful idyllic location like St. John in the Virgin Islands, or traveling with family and friends to spend time in a couple of charming European cities, or renting a villa in Tuscany.

What is your favorite quote?

It is what it is.

Who is your role model, hero, or inspiration – and why?

Michael Harrington probably comes as close as anyone to being my role model, for the way he integrated teaching, writing, public speaking, a concern for social justice and human rights, and political activism.

If you could do one thing over in life, what would it be (or had done that you never did)

I would redo several personal mistakes and insensitivities to others, which I regret.

Why are you a member of EHSLI?

We are members of the Ethical Society because it provides us with a community of decent and caring friends that are committed to humanistic values and programs within a belief system that respects reason, intelligence and science.