Curriculum Vitae (click for pdf version)
Department of Philosophy, Hamilton College
Areas of Specialization
198 College Hill Road
Clinton NY 13323
(315) 859-4056 (office)
(315) 381-3513 (home)
(315) 335-4711 (mobile)
Areas of Teaching Competence
- Philosophy of Mathematics
- Philosophical Pedagogy
- Modern Philosophy
- Logic, Advanced Logic, Set Theory
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of Mind
- Business Ethics, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
- Ph. D., The Graduate School and University Center of the
City University of New York, February 2007.
Dissertation: Numbers without Science.
Adviser: David Rosenthal.
- B.A., Swarthmore College, 1988.
Major in philosophy. Concentrations in education and mathematics.
Academic Appointments (see below for other teaching experience):
- Associate Professor, Hamilton College, July 2016 - Present
- Assistant Professor, Hamilton College, July 2010 - July 2016
- Chauncey Truax Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hamilton College, 2007-2010
- What Follows: A Logic and Philosophy Text, under contract with Oxford University Press
- Autonomy Platonism and the Indispensability Argument, Lexington Books, 2015.
- An Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics, a reader and text, co-edited with Mark McEvoy, Hostra University, Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming February 2016.
- “The Eleatic and the Indispensabilist,” Theoria 30.3 (2015): 415-430.
- “The Holistic Presumptions of the Indispensability Argument” Synthese 191.15, October 2014. Published online: 23 May 2014; doi: 10.1007/s11229-014-0481-7.
- “How Not to Enhance the Indispensability Argument,” Philosophia Mathematica. Published online: March 24, 2014; doi: 10.1093/philmat/nku004.
- “On Reading the History of Philosophy: Comments on David Concepción’s ‘Reading Philosophy with Background Knowledge and Metacognition’.” In Recognizing Teaching Excellence: The Lenssen Prize, edited by Emily Esch, Kevin Hermberg, and Rory Kraft, published by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers in cooperation with the Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014.
- "Intrinsic Explanation and Field’s Dispensabilist Strategy," International Journal of Philosophical Studies
21.2: 163-183, May 2013.
- Review of Kevin J. Harrelson, The Ontological Argument from Descartes to Hegel, The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 10.1, Fall 2010: 11-13.
- Entries on Alonzo Church, David Hilbert, Leopold Löwenheim, Model Theory, Semantic Trees, Thoraf Skolem, Syntax, and Variable; in Key Terms in Logic, Jon Williamson and Federica Russo, editors, Continuum Publishers, November 2010.
- "Indispensability Arguments in the Philosophy of Mathematics," The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, First Posted: October 18, 2010.
- "A Cooperative-Learning Lesson Using the Objections and Replies," The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 9.2, Spring 2010: 5-9.
- "Observations on Cooperative-Learning Group Assignments," The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 9.2, Spring 2010: 2-5.
- "David Hilbert," The Reasoner 3.3, March 2009.
- "Structuralism, Indispensability, and the Access Problem," Facta Philosophica 9, 2007: 203-211.
- "Cooperative Learning on the First Day of Class," The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Spring 1998
Presentations and Comments
- Small-Group, Specific-Choice Activities,”2016 American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ Workshop Conference, Saginaw Valley State University, July 29, 2016
- "Talking in Circles: On Justification and the Logic of Philosophy," Hamilton College Brown Bag Series, February 6, 2015
- "Autonomy Platonism and the Circularity Objection," Jerrold Katz Memorial Lecture, CUNY, February 4, 2015
- "The Holistic Presumptions of the Indispensability Argument"
- Albritton Society, UCLA, forthcoming on February 15, 2013
- "How to Sit at the Back of the Class"
- 2012 American Association of Philosophy Teachers' Workshop Conference, St. Edward's University, July 27, 2012
- "Critical Assessment of the Scientific Method: Experience, Intuition, and Justification"
- Sigma Xi Series, Hamilton College, February 3, 2012
- Forthcoming: Seminar Series on Engineering, Neuroscience & Health at the University of Southern California, March 19, 2012
- "The Bully, the Solipsist, and the Sponge: Three Types of Philosophy Students and the Challenges They Raise"
- Session of American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Central Division APA Meetings, Chicago, February 16, 2012
- "Three In-Class Logic Problems (and Their Solutions): Disparate Student Abilities, Excessive Homework Grading, and the Underemphasized Connection Between Logic and Philosophy"
- Session of American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Central Division APA Meetings, Chicago, February 16, 2012
- "Logic and Philosophy"
- 2010 American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ Workshop Conference, Coastal Carolina University, August 2, 2010
- "A Jigsaw Lesson for First-Order Logic Translations Using Identity"
- 2010 American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ Workshop Conference, Coastal Carolina University, August 1, 2010
- "Embracing the Cartesian Circle"
- Hamilton College, February 16, 2010
- "The Explanatory Indispensability Argument"
- APA Eastern Division Meeting, Main Program, Forthcoming December 2010
- 3rd Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, January 17, 2010
- First Colombian Conference in Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science, November 6, 2009
- "Adjudicating the Objections and Replies: A Cooperative Lesson Using the Objections and Replies to Descartes’s Meditations"
- The American Association of Philosophy Teachers' Workshop-Conference, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, August 2008
- "Intrinsic Explanation and Field's Dispensabilist Strategy"
- The Tilburg-Sydney Conference on Reduction and the Special Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, April 10, 2008
- APA Eastern Division Meeting, Main Program, December 29, 2007
- "Structuralism, Indispensability, and the Access Problem"
- The New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association, March 24, 2007
- "Why the Indispensability Argument Does Not Justify Beliefs in Mathematical Objects"
- The College of Wooster, April 9, 2007
- Hamilton College, April 3, 2007
- Wabash College, March 22, 2007
- University of British Columbia Student Philosophy Conference, April 2006
- Rocky Mountain Student Philosophy Conference, March 2006
- CUNY Graduate Student Colloquium Series, Spring 2005
- "Three Grades of Instrumentalism"
- Thoughts, Words, Objects: UT Austin Graduate Philosophy Conference, April 2006
- CUNY Graduate Conference, Spring 2005
- Comments on Eric Swanson's, "A Friendly Amendment to the Standard Analysis of Supposition"
- CUNY Graduate Conference, Spring 2003
- "Reductionism, Benacerraf, and Numbers"
- CUNY Graduate Conference, Spring 1999
- CUNY Graduate Student Colloquium
Series, Spring 1996
- "Mathematics and Its Grounds"
- The Emerson Literary Society of Hamilton College, April 2, 2015
- "Hannah Arendt: Feminist Hero or Overintellectualizing Academic?"
- Discussion of Hannah Arendt Film, The Jewish Community Center, Utica, NY, February
- "God or Reason? Case Studies in Jewish and Secular Ethics"
- Waldman Lecture, Temples Emanu-El and Beth El, Utica
- Including Bonus Workshop: Looking Forward, Backward, and Inward: Three Approaches to the Good, May 16, 2010.
- "On Jokes; and Some Observations about Asymmetries in Power and about Being a Jew in America"
- Hamilton College Think Tank, September 26, 2008
- "Berkeley's Reductionism and the Explanation of Taste Differences: How Can Pigs Eat Feces?"
- Hamilton College Think Tank, February 1, 2008
- "The Relevance of Geometry to Philosophy"
- Seminar in Modern Geometries, Hamilton College, December 3-5, 2007
- Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers Meeting, Hamilton College, December 3, 2007
Work in Progress
Honors and Awards
"On the Origins and Force of the Explanatory Indispensability Argument"
"Thin Mathematical Intuition and Mathematical Epistemology"
"Virtuous Circles, Vicious Circles, and Philosophical Methods"
"Embracing the Cartesian Circle"
"A Jigsaw Lesson for First-Order Logic Translations
"Three Grades of Instrumentalism"
"E Pluribus Putnams Unum: Hilary Putnam and the Indispensability Argument"
Themes in the Objections and Replies: Objections and Replies to Descartes’s Meditations Organized Topically with New Introductory Material
- Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, May 2016
- Dean’s Scholarly Achievement Award, Hamilton College, May 2016
- The John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, May 2011
- Class of 1966 Career Development Award, Summer 2011
- Emerson Foundation Grant for Summer Research (with Simon Judd, Hamilton ‘13), Summer 2011
- Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Queens College, CUNY, Fall
1999 to Spring 2000.
- Graduate Teaching Fellowship, College of Staten Island, CUNY,
Fall 1995 to Spring 1997.
- Graduate Fellowship, CUNY, Fall 1993 to Spring 1995.
- Joel Dean Grant and Dana Internship, for Research in Education,
Swarthmore College, 1986-7.
- Ad hoc reviewer: Philosophia Mathematica, Synthese, The Journal of Philosophical Research, Routledge, Mathematical Reviews
- Member, American Philosophical Association (APA), 1998 to present
- Chaired Sessions at Pacific APA, 2009; Eastern APA, 2013; Eastern APA 2016
- Member, American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), 2008 to present
- Board Member, 2017-present
- Program Committee Co-Chair, 2010-2016
- Lenssen Prize Committee, 2011
- Developed AAPT Repository of Teaching Materials, 2010-11
- Chaired Sessions at Eastern APA, December 2009; Eastern APA, January 2017
- Nominating Committee, 2008
- Member, Mathematics Association of America (MAA), 2008 to present
- Logic Puzzle Master, Union College Logic Puzzle Contest, 2008-09
- Committees in the CUNY Philosophy Ph.D. Program:
- Student Steering Committee
- Admissions Committee
- Doctoral Students Council
- Kornblith Chair Search
- Senior Seminar: Philosophy 550 - Independent Research Seminar (Hamilton College)
- Knowledge, Truth and Mathematics, Senior Seminar (Hamilton College)
- Intuitions and Philosophy, Senior Seminar (Hamilton College)
- Contemporary Philosophy (Hamilton College)
- Philosophy of Mind (Stern College)
- The Language Revolution (Hamilton College)
- Modern Philosophy (Hamilton College)
- Advanced Logic (Queens College)
- Godel's Theorems (Hamilton College - independent study)
- Non-classical Logics (Hamilton College - independent study)
- Practical Logic (Hofstra University)
- Logic (Hamilton College, Queens College, Hofstra University,
Swarthmore College, as T.A.)
- Infinity (Hamilton College)
- Business Ethics (Queens College)
- Ethics (Queens College, Hofstra University, College of Staten Island)
- Introduction to Philosophy (Hamilton College, Queens College, Hofstra University,
College of Staten Island)
Theses Supervised or Examined (Undergraduate, Hamilton College)
- Brett Bracco, “Non-Therapeutic Infant Male Circumcision: The Ethical Issues,” Fall 2016
Sophie Gaulkin, “Sexual Healing: Does Language Preclude Authenticity?” Fall 2016
- Emily Magruder, “Working Towards Happiness: An Exposition of Epicureanism and Guidelines to Happiness,” Fall 2016
- Jake McDougall, “Metaphysical Realism: The Door Not the Window,” Fall 2016
- Sara Purinton, “Nietzschean Affirmation: A Joyous Challenge,” Fall 2016
- Connor Sharkey, “On the Rationality & Moral Permissibility of Physician-Assisted Suicide
in Light of the Theoretical Nature of Suicide as an Action,” Fall 2016
- Hunter Green, “Character and Culpability: The Value of Mitigation in Noncapital Sentencing,” Fall 2015
- Adrian Marcano, “The Neglect of a Nation: The Social Contract and Black Consciousness Explored Through Hip-Hop in the U.S.,” Fall 2015
- Sean Thomas Martin, “Submerged Selves: Immersionism & the Refutation of Material Reductionism,” Fall 2015
- Osaruese Odeh, “The Noble Lie: Anthropocentric Egoism and Altruistic Behavior,” Fall 2015
- Hal Shimkoski, “A Humean Defense of Soft Determinism,” Fall 2015
- John Angarola, “The Two Are One: Examining the Legitimisation of Chinese Philosophy Through the Conception of Benti and Dialectics of Harmony,” Fall 2013
- Grant Meglis, “They're A Bunch of ******: Determining the Origins of Slur Offensiveness,” Fall 2013
- Jason Driscoll, “Reconsidering Intellectual Property: How Ideation is Framed in a Public Context,” Fall 2013
- Max Schnidman, “Economic Epistemology and Naturalized Economics,” Fall 2013
- Berk Emir Ildiz, "Logical Regimentations of Spinoza's Ontological Argument," Honors Thesis, Spring 2012
- Kevin Kerr, "Evidence, Inference, and Clutch Hitting: A Study In Induction and Confirmation," Honors Thesis, Hamilton College, Spring 2010
- Tudor Seserman, "Not a Something, but Not a Nothing," Honors Thesis, Hamilton College, Spring 2009
- Chris Boveroux, "Internal or Intentional? – Dennett and the Intentional Stance," B.A. Thesis, Hamilton College, Spring 2008
- Christopher Bousquet, “Ineffability and Emotion: Salvaging the Ineffable and Expressing it Through Art,” Spring 2016
- Jackson Graves, “Of Choices and Character: An Inquiry Into the Purposes of Education at Hamilton College,” Spring 2016
- Mercedes Corredor, "Truth Pluralism without Representationalism," Spring 2015
- John Crowther, "The Epistemic Value of Art and Emotions," Spring 2015
- Brendan Conway, "The Heroism of the Dark Knight," B.A. Honors Thesis, Spring 2009
- Jeff Kitsis, "Fair Play, Gamesmanship and Cheating: A Three-Category Theory of Sports," B.A. Thesis, Spring 2009
- Theresa Fisher, "Rawlsian Global Justice: Reconciling Cultural Differences," B.A. Honors Thesis, Hamilton College, Spring 2008
Teaching Experience in Philosophy
Courses Taught: Philosophy of Mathematics, Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Intuitions and Philosophy, Modern Philosophy
Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University
Adjunct Instructor Course Taught: Theories of the Mind
Queens College, CUNY
Spring 1998 to Spring 2007
Graduate Teaching Fellow, Adjunct Lecturer Courses Taught: Advanced Logic, Logic, Business Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy,
Spring 1998 to Summer 1999
Courses Taught: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Practical
College of Staten Island, CUNY
Spring 1995 to Spring 1997
Graduate Teaching Fellow
Courses Taught: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics
Other Teaching Experience
SPISE: Select Program in Science and Engineering, City College,
October 1992 to Spring 1999
Math enrichment program for city high school students
Topics taught include: Boolean Algebra, Königsberg Bridge
and Graph Theory, Statistics, Numeric Integration
Queensborough Community College, Mathematics Department
Fall 1994 to Spring 1995
Courses taught include Number Systems, Elementary Algebra
Cardozo High School, Mathematics Department
September 1992 to June 1993
Courses taught include AP Computer Science, Sequential Math
I, Sequential Math II, Computer Math
Costa Rica Academy, San Jose, Costa Rica
August 1989 to June 1992
Courses taught include Statistics, Introduction to Mathematics,
AP Language, American Literature, Journalism, World History
Newtown High School, Mathematics Department
Courses taught include Sequential Math I, Computer Math
Jamaica High School, Mathematics Department
Graduate Courses Taken
(at CUNY, except where noted)
Courses taught include Sequential Math I, Fundamentals of
Advised math magazine
- Logic, Math, and Computer Science
- Incompleteness and Undecidability (Elliot Mendelson)
- Computability (Elliot Mendelson)
- Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (Rohit Parikh)
- Set Theory (Michael Levin)
- Modal Logic (Melvin Fitting)
- Advanced Logic (Richard Mendelsohn)
- Metaphysics and Epistemology
- Knowledge and Nature of Abstract Objects (Jerrold Katz)
- Epistemology (Charles Landesman)
- Philosophy of Mind (John Greenwood)
- Space and Time (Arnold Koslow)
- Metaphysics (David Rosenthal)
- Philosophy of Language
- Semantic Paradoxes and the Logic of Truth (Hartry Field)
- Vagueness and Indeterminacy (Stephen Schiffer)
- Truth Theories (Haim Gaiffman, Columbia University)
- Philosophy of Language (Stephen Schiffer)
- Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (Arthur Collins)
- The Discovery of Metaphysics: Plato, Parmenides, and Aristotle (Peter
- Descartes (David Rosenthal, audited)
- Ethics (Steven Ross)
- Utilitarianism (Douglas Lackey)
- Social and Political Philosophy (Steven M. Cahn)