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Introduction to Philosophy
Symbolic Logic
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Early Analytic Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Art
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Topics in Logic
Puzzles and Paradoxes

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Ryckman's Logic Works
Philosophy of Language Links
A Berkelean Conversation
Postmodernist Kuhnian Page

Philosophy Blogs

Here are some examples of my scholarship. I am also currently working on a book in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics and Ontology, tentatively entitled, Language, Thought, and Reality. The book also examines certain topics addressed by Bertrand Russell in Lectures on Logical Atomism.

The links to the published papers work only if you, or your institution, subscribe to the service. That's not my idea; the papers are online only because the publishers have put them online, and they have limited access to them. There are links here so that those who can and want to access them have their addresses.

 Selected published papers 

 Selected Papers Presented Off Campus 

  • "Beliefs, Facts and Propositions." American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, 1993

  • "Perry on Cognitive Significance." American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, 1989.

  • "Coming to Believe What You Already Believe." Minnesota Conference on Language and Linguistics, XV, Minneapolis, 1989.

  • "On Saying What We Say Because We Believe What We Say." American Philosophical Association, Boston, 1986.

  • "Kripke on A Prioricity and Necessity." American Philosophical Association, Los Angeles, 1986.

 Selected Papers Presented On Campus 

  • "Truth and Facts." Main Hall Forum, Lawrence University, 2001.

  • "The Role of the Theory of Forms in Plato's Republic." Freshman Studies Lecture on Plato's Republic, Lawrence University, 1999. (This is a substantially revised version of the 1992 lecture.)

  • "The Theory of Forms and the Law of Non-contradiction." Freshman Studies Lecture on Plato's Republic, Lawrence University, 1992.

  • "No Virginia, There is no Santa Claus." Main Hall Forum, Lawrence University, 1987.

  • "Kuhn on Theoretical Terms." Freshman Studies Lecture on Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Lawrence University, 1986.

 Doctoral Dissertation 

Proper Names and Definite Descriptions. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1984, Director: Edmund L. Gettier, III.

 Web Related Scholarly Activities

  • Philosophy and Logic Editor (2000), Nupedia.

  • Topic Editor (Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, and Bertrand Russell), Episteme Links.

 Online Paper(s)