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My Background 


Areas of Specialization

Epistemology

Metaphysics

 

Areas of Competence

History of Ancient Philosophy

History of Modern Philosophy

Political Philosophy

Logic

Critical Thinking

Ethical Theory

Business Ethics

Professional Ethics

Medical Ethics

Environmental Ethics

  

Education

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998.

Dissertation: A Qualified Rejection of the Principle of Epistemic Closure

Supervisor: Anthony Brueckner.

 

M.A., C.Phil Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995

Thesis: "Problems with Plantinga's Solution to the Gettier Problem."

 

M.A. Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 1992

Thesis: "A Critical Analysis of Lakoff's Experientialism."

 

B.S. Business Administration, California State University, Stanislaus, 1989.

 

Honors

1. Best Paper, Letters Division-Philosophy 2004, awarded by the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters.

2. Best Paper, Letters Division-Philosophy 2002, awarded by the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters.

3. Professor of the Year 2000-2001, awarded by the San Jose State University Department of Philosophy.

4. Outstanding Faculty Member 1997–1998, awarded by the University of California, Santa Barbara Residence Hall Association and the Office of Residential Life.

5. Ralph W. Church Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara 1997.

  

Publications

Publications

1. Zombies, Vampires and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & K. Silem Mohammad (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2010).

This is an updated and expanded edition of our The Undead and Philosophy. It contains a number of new articles and additional front-matter.

2. “Why the Dead Choose Death” in The Golden Compass and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & R. Robison (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2009).

3. The Golden Compass and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & R. Robison (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2009).

4. “’I’m Not That Girl’: Actions, Nature, and Reputation in Wicked” in The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Auxier and P. Seng (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2008).

5. “Quentin Tarantino and the Ex-Convict’s Dilemma” in Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & K. Mohammad (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2007).

6. Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & K. Mohammad (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2007).

7. “A Review of Duncan Pritchard, Epistemic LuckPolish Journal of Philosophy, volume 2, number 1 (Spring 2008) with Rachel Robison.

8. “A Worry About Safety” Southwest Philosophy Review volume 23, number 1 (January 2007).

9. “The Pupkin Gambit: Rationality and Irrationality in The King of Comedy” in The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, Mark T. Conard (Ed.), University Press of Kentucky, (2007).

10. “The Badness of Undeath” in The Undead and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & K. Mohammad (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2006).

11. The Undead and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & K. Mohammad (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2006).

12. “A Puzzle About Epistemic Standards,” Southwest Philosophy Review vol. 21, number 1 (January 2005).

13. “A Review of Marilyn E. Coors, The Matrix: Charting an Ethics of Inheritible Genetic ModificationPolitics and the Life Sciences, forthcoming.

14. “Does the Non-Identity Problem Block a Class of Arguments Against Cloning?,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, volume 18, number 1 (Spring 2004).

15. “Warranted Regretability Maneuvers and the Deprivation View of Death’s Badness,” in Death and Anti-Death: One Hundred Years After N. F. Fedorov (1829-1903), Charles Tandy (Ed.), Ria University Press/Universal Publishers (2003).

16.  “Is Tony Soprano Self-Blind?” in The Sopranos and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & P. Vernezze (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2004).

17. The Sopranos and Philosophy (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), R. Greene & P. Vernezze (Eds.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2004).

 18. “Constitutive Theories of Self- Knowledge and the Regress Problem,” Philosophical Papers, volume 32, number 2 (July 2003).

 19. “Contextualism and the Fixed Standards Objection,” The Journal of the Utah Academy, (2003).

 20. "Immortality, Death, and our Obligations to Future Generations," in The Philosophy of Robert Ettinger, Charles Tandy & Scott R. Stroud (Eds.), Ria University Press/Universal Publishers (2003).

 21. “Morality on Television: The Case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture & Philosophy Series), J. B. South (Ed.), Open Court Publishers Press, (2003) with Wayne Yuen.

 An earlier version of this paper (“Why We Can’t Spike Spike: Moral Thems in Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) appeared in Slayage: The Online Journal of Buffy Studies, vol. 2 (http://slayage.tv). The earlier version has subsequently been translated into German an appears in Buffyverse (http://www.buffyverse.info/article.php?sid=1482&mode=thread&order=0).

22. “A Rejection of the Epistemic Closure Principle,” Southwest Philosophy Review vol.17, number 2 (July 2001).

 23. “Two Notions of Warrant and Plantinga’s Solution to the Gettier Problem,” Analysis 57 (April 1997) with N. A. Balmert.

 

Professional Activity

1. "Moorean Bootstrapping (Sort of)," Presented at the 3rd annual Intermountain Philosophy Conference held at Utah State University, November 2009.

2. "Moorean Bootstrapping (Sort of)," Society for Skeptical Studies group meeting at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2009.

3. “A Reply to Matheson” comments delivered at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2009.

4. "Variantism and Skepticism," Society for Skeptical Studies group meeting at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2008.

5. “A Reply to Mion” comments delivered at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2008.

6. "A Worry About Safety," Society for Skeptical Studies group meeting at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2007.

7. “ A Reply to Weinberg on the Non-Identity Problem” comments on delivered symposium paper at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2007.

8. Chaired group meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2007.

9. “A Worry About Safety,” delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; Spring 2007.

10. “A Worry About Safety,” delivered at The Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society; Fall 2006.

11. “A Worry About Safety,” delivered at Northwest Philosophy Conference; Fall 2006.

12. Chaired group meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies at the Pacific Division meeting of the APA; Spring 2006.

13. “Ethics and Torture,” delivered to the Weber State University Honors Program; Spring 2006.

14. “Philosophy 101: Baseball, The Sopranos, and Philosophy” seminar given at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC as part of their Resident Associates Program; Spring 2006.

15. "Epistemic Standards," Society for Skeptical Studies group meeting at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2005.

16. Chaired group meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2005.

17. Chaired group meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Fall 2004.

18. “A Puzzle About Epistemic Standards,” delivered at The Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society; Fall 2004.

19. “A Puzzle About Epistemic Standards,” delivered at Northwest Philosophy Conference; Fall 2004.

20. “A Puzzle About Epistemic Standards,” delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; Spring 2004.

21. Chaired group meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2004.

22. “Does the Non-Identity Problem Block a Class of Arguments Against Cloning delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; Spring 2003.

23. “Does the Non-Identity Problem Block a Class of Arguments Against Cloning,” delivered at Northwest Philosophy Conference; Fall 2002.

24. “A Reply to Card’s Criticism of Marquis’s Conservative View on Abortion,” comments on delivered paper at Northwest Philosophy Conference; Fall 2002.

25. “A Reply to Black on Skepticism and Warranted Assertion,” comments on delivered paper at Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference; Fall 2002.

26. “Contextualism and the Fixed Standards Objection,” delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; Spring 2002.

27. "Response to Brueckner," comments on delivered paper at Utah Conference on Self Knowledge; Spring 2002.

28. Chaired colloquium on Testimony and Belief at the Pacific Division meeting of the APA; Spring 2002.

29. Chaired group meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2002.

30. Committee Member, Ethics Committee, McKay-Dee Hospital Center (Ogden, Utah); Fall 2001 to present.

31. Executive Director, Society for Skeptical Studies; Fall 2000 to present.

32. "Contextualism, Skepticism, and Closure," invited paper, San Francisco State University Philosophy Colloquium; Spring 2001.

33. "Contextualism, Skepticism, and Closure," San Jose State University Philosophy Colloquium; Spring 2001.

34. "Some Problems With Contextualist Solutions to Skeptical Problems," Weber State University; Spring 2001.

35. "Worries About Contextualist Solutions to Skeptical Problems," Society for Skeptical Studies group meeting at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association; Spring 2001.

36. Chaired Colloquium on Epistemic Justification at the Pacific Division meeting of the APA; Spring 2001.

37. Founded Society for Skeptical Studies; Fall 2000.

38. Chaired session at the Santa Barbara City College Conference on Virtue Epistemology; Fall 1999.

39. Chaired group session at the Pacific Division meeting of the APA; Spring 1991.  

 

Schools At Which I've Taught

1. Weber State University

2. San Jose State University

3. California State University, Stanislaus

4. California State University, Hayward

5. Laney College

6. Oxnard College

7.Santa Barbara City College

8. University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Courses I Have Taught

Introduction to Philosophy, History of Ancient Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Graduate Seminar on British Empiricism, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Great Issues (on the metaphysics of death and on the internalist/externalist debate in epistemology), Great Thinkers (on the early analytic philosophers), Philosophy of Language, Contemporary Moral Problems, Ethical Theory, Medical Ethics, Business and Professional Ethics, Professional Ethics, Graduate Seminar on Police Ethics, Philosophical Inquiry, Deductive Logic, and Critical Thinking.


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