Dr. L. Nathan Oaklander was born in the Bronx, New York in 1945. After graduating from high school he took courses at Hunter College of the City University of New York. In his first semester he took a class in Philosophy and, although he didn't really understand what he was reading, was fascinated by the teacher and decided then to get a Ph.D. in Philosophy and become a university professor. After two years at Hunter College, he decided to pursue his studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
It was a good decision, although having lived in Greenwich Village, the culture shock upon arriving at Iowa City was great indeed. It would be an understatement to say that he was not very happy there, but he did find comfort in his studies. During his third year he met his future wife, Linda Galang, who had come from the Philippines to pursue her graduate studies in Philosophy. After graduating from Iowa, he spent one year at Ohio State University and then returned to Iowa where he completed his Ph.D. His dissertation adviser was the internationally renowned philosopher Gustav Bergmann (1906-1987).
He grew to love the University of Iowa, and is deeply gratified to be invited there in September 2008 to be honored as an Alumni Fellow. His interest in the philosophy of time began in a seminar on the subject during his first semester of graduate school at Iowa and has continued ever since. He gave a report on C. D. Broad's philosophy of time, and it is no accident that he will soon begin work on a book on C. D. Broad's Philosophy of Time to be published by Routledge in their Studies in Twentieth Century Philosophy series. In June 2008, his four volume Routledge Major Work, The Philosophy of Time: Critical Concepts in Philosophy appeared in print.
He started teaching at the University of Michigan-Flint in 1972 and continues to enjoy teaching and being in an academic atmosphere. He welcomes new ways of teaching and has added online courses to his schedule. One great advantage of online teaching is that it enables him to reach students from all over the world. Thus, for example, he once had a student who was simultaneously serving in Iraq.
On campus he has been active in faculty governance, serving as Chair of the Faculty Council twice, as President of the UM-Flint chapter of the American Association of University Professors (UM-F/AAUP) for many years, and currently as member of the committee overseeing the courses to be included in UM-Flint's new general education plan.
He has three children and one granddaughter. Outside of philosophy, his interests are jogging, tai-chi, yoga, movies, classical music, and jazz.