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Ed Witherspoon

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of Philosophy
Philosophy, 205 Hascall Hall
p 315-228-7794


BS, Vanderbilt University, 1985; MA (1989), PhD (1996), University of Pittsburgh

Teaching Experience

Visiting assistant professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997-98; instructor, University of Pittsburgh, 1996-97


history of analytic philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of language, modern philosophy, twentieth-century continental philosophy


  • "Conceptions of Nonsense in Carnap and Wittgenstein," in Alice Crary and Rupert Read, eds., (The New Wittgenstein. New York: Routledge, 2000, pp. 315-349).
  • "Logic and the Inexpressible in Frege and Heidegger," (Journal of the History of Philosophy, 40:1, 2002, 89-113).  Reprinted in Stephen Mulhall, ed.,  Martin Heidegger (Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2006).
  • "Houses, Flowers, and Frameworks: Mulhall and Cavell on the Moral of Skepticism" (European Journal of Philosophy, 10:2, 2002, 196-208).
  • "Much Ado about the Nothing: Carnap and Heidegger on Logic and Metaphysics," (forthcoming in C.G. Prado, ed., A House Divided: Comparing Analytic and Continental Philosophy, Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2003)
  • "Conventions and Forms of Life," (Frederick Schmitt, ed., Socializing Metaphysics, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).
  •  “Wittgenstein on Criteria and the Problem of Other Minds”, in Marie McGinn and Oskari Kuusela, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 472-498.
  • “Wittgenstein’s Critique of Knowledge by Description”, forthcoming.

“David Hume and Sextus Empiricus on the Nature of Belief”, University of Iceland, June 2009

“Cavell on Skepticism and the Ordinary”, Le Moyne College, March 2010

“Disjunctivism versus Skepticism: The Case of McDowell versus Wright”, University of Chicago Wittgenstein Workshop, April 2010

“Wittgenstein’s Critique of Knowledge by Description”, University of Iceland Conference “In Wittgenstein’s Footsteps”, September 2012

“Brains Don’t Think”, University of St Andrews and University of Iceland, May and July 2015


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