|| Paul J.
Paul J. Herskovitz
: Building 3N
BA, Brooklyn College
JD. Brooklyn Law School
MBA, Baruch College
Biography / Academic Interests
Prof. Herskovitz has been a full-time faculty member at the College of Staten Island since 1986, being granted tenure in 1990 and being promoted to Associate Professor in 2001. He currently teaches introductory and intermediate business law (BUS 160 and BUS 260).
Prof. Herskovitz has been active in Departmental and College service, including membership on the College Curriculum Committee (1988 - 1990, 1993 - 1999) and on three faculty search committees (1996, 1998-1999, 2006), serving as business law coordinator of the CSI Department of Business since 1986. Prof. Herskovitz is a Hearing Officer for the Office of Parking Services (since 1998).
Prof. Herskovitz is a well-published scholar whose work is interdisciplinary in nature. His recent and ongoing research agenda, which mirrors his academic interests in law and in marketing broadly falls into three overarching streams: the philosophy of science-based evaluation of evidence in non-legal (i.e., computer-mediated and computer-simulated) contexts, ethical aspects of computer-mediated communication, and the use of computer-mediated focus groups in marketing research. His earlier scholarship centered on the legal liability of auditors and also included work on legal representation in small claims court, gift-giving in a retailing context, and leadership.
Scholarship / Publications
Prof. Herskovitz’s academic writings on the extra-legal evaluation of evidence reflect the increasing recognition in legal scholarship of the value of using philosophy of science in determining what counts as good evidence and in assessing whether a body of knowledge can be regarded as scientific. His papers “Philosophical Foundations of Computer Simulation Validation” (published as keynote article in Simulation and Gaming) and “Philosophy of Science Underpinnings of Prototype Validation: Popper vs. Quine” (forthcoming in Information Systems Journal) argue that discrete scientific activities embody specific philosophies of science and are exercises in evidentiary assessment. These works grow out of Prof. Herskovitz’s 1991 paper “A Theoretical Framework for Simulation Validation: Popper's Falsificationism.” The underlying assumption in all these aforementioned papers is that a central task of law, science, and philosophy of science is the evaluation of evidence.
Prof. Herskovitz’s research in ethics employs legal and moral philosophy to investigate the implications of anonymity in computer-supported cooperative work. Other publications are an outgrowth of his interest in evidence.