David E. McClean is, among other things, an academically trained philosopher. Beginning with studies in business management, David ultimately received his BA in Comparative Religion and Philosophy from Hunter College-CUNY (1986), an MA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in philosophy from NYU (1996), an MA in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research (2003), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research(2009). He has wide ranging philosophical interests which include Africana Philosophy (which includes work by such scholars as Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cornel West, Leonard Harris, and Angela Davis), American Philosophy (which includes such scholars as John Dewey, William James, Richard Bernstein, Bruce Wilshire and Richard Rorty), and the Philosophy of Religion. Over the past 15 years he has presented papers or lectured at Purdue, the New School, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Oregon at Eugene, the University of South Carolina, Hofstra University, Fordham University, and the University of Southern Maine, among others.
Among other writings, he has published several articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals and has recently contributed a chapter (titled Should we conserve the notion of race?) to the philosophical volume Pragmatism and the Problem of Race (Indiana University Press, 2004). In 2006, David organized "Love in the Public Square," a one of its kind philosophical conference, held at Molloy College, which called for the reinsertion of love-talk in deliberations about public policy, and a reframing of public policy dialogue with reference to a dominant love ethic rather than merely a frame of "rights" or "social justice." David is currently working on two books -- a book on Wall Street reform, and a book on the philosophy of Richard Rorty.
In 2013, David was appointed to the Board of Governors of The New School for Social Research.
He is a member of and former president of The Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, and is a member of The Society for Business Ethics, the American Philosophical Association, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and the Human Development and Capabilities Association, started by scholars Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen. David has taught or teaches at Molloy College, Rutgers University (Newark), and Hunter College. In 2008, he will be teaching courses in business ethics and American Philosophy. In the past he has taught courses in general philosophical ethics, Africana Philosophy, Business Ethics, and Social Ethics. He has recently been contracted by Rutgers University to design an on-line course in business ethics.
In addition to these academic pursuits, David has been and remains, since 1992, a business consultant providing business start-up, risk, and regulatory advice to financial services firms, and has served as an executive with several financial services firms with assets under management in the billions of dollars.
Keenly interested in matters of religion and faith, in 2008 finalized studies at The New Seminary, based in New York City, and was ordained to the ministry in June of 2008. He has begun a series of essays (which he intends to collect into a volume) on the possibility of a rich religious faith in the modern age. The book will be aimed at those who have abandoned traditional religions but yearn for a progressive yet fulfilling communal celebration of God as the source of all life, under the various ways that the word "God" may be understood.
David was born in 1962 in St. Albans, Queens, New York to Edward and Italia, hailing from Barbados and Italy, respectively. Subsequently, his family moved to Rochdale Village, in Jamaica, Queens, where he served on the board of directors for several years and was twice elected president, the youngest in Rochdale's history. Later, David served as board member and then president of The Jamaica Arts Center, in Jamaica, Queens (NY), renamed The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning during his tenure. He was board member of the advocacy and research organization, ERASE Racism (Syosset, New York), until April 2009.
David, his wife Renee, and their two sons, Alexander (26) and Nicholas (23), currently reside in Long Island.