Edward (Ed) Witherspoon

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Edward (Ed) Witherspoon

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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205 Hascall Hall
  • BS, Vanderbilt University, 1985
  • MA (1989), PhD (1996), University of Pittsburgh
  • 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," 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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