I received a PhD from Brown University in the summer of 2012 and am currently an Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of New England. My recent research has been in epistemology and ethics.
 
In epistemology, I've been working on the issue of epistemic undermining, largely as it relates to the epistemology of disagreement. Several philosophers have been arguing that disagreement about controversial topics (e.g., politics, religion, and philosophy) is grounds for sweeping kind of intellectual skepticism. I think that this view is both fascinating as well as disturbing, and I've been constructing and defending an anti-skeptical position in response.
 
In ethics, I've been working on a set of questions surrounding well-being, death, and the proper attitudes to have about our lives.
 

Publications

"Undermining, Circularity, and Disagreement", Synthese, 2013, Abstract
 
Review of The Epistemology of Disagreement: New Essays, edited by David Christensen and Jennifer Lackey (Oxford University Press), Australasian Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming 
 

Papers Under Review

"Disagreement and Intellectual Skepticism", under review
 
"Disagreement and Diverging Evidence", under review
 
"Memory Justification and Beliefs with Bad Origins", under review
 

Works in Progress

"The Good Life"
 
"Deprivation and Death"
 

Invited Presentations

"Disagreement and Skepticism", October 2012: Clark University, March 2012: University of New England, February 2012: University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth 
 
"Memory Justification and Beliefs with Bad Origins", January 2012: Utah Valley University
 

Teaching

Introduction to Philosophy
 
Introduction to Ethics
 
Virtue, Happiness, and Human Flourishing (a class examining theories of well-being in ancient and medieval philosophy)
 
Giants of Philosophy (a history of philosophy class covering several important ideas and works of philosophers ranging from Ancient Greece through the 20th Century)
 
Ancient Philosophy
 
Theory of Knowledge
 
Critical Thinking
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Department of Philosophy
University of New England
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
Telephone: 207-272-7968
E-Mail: rotondo.philosophy@gmail.com