Jeremy Pierce 

July 10, 2017



Education: Ph.D. in philosophy, Syracuse University, 2011

     A.B. in philosophy with honors, Brown University, 1996

Areas of Specialization:

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Religion

Other Areas of Competence:

Social Philosophy, Ethics (theory and applied), Epistemology

History of Philosophy (ancient, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, early modern)

Dissertation: “A Realist Metaphysics of Race: A Context-Sensitive, Short-Term Retentionist, Long-Term Revisionist Approach”

Committee: Linda Martín Alcoff, Mark Heller, André Gallois, Ben Bradley, Kris McDaniel

Dissertation Abstract: There are three main metaphysical positions on race. Anti-realists deny that there are races. Natural-kind approaches find sub-groups of homo sapiens with scientific importance and call them races. Social-kind views consider races to exist because of contingent social practices. I argue for a social-kind view that recognizes the features used to classify people racially involve biological features. Racial groups would exist without social constructions, since they are just groups of people, but the social constructions make particular group classifications socially important and allow us to name them as races. I also argue that racial classification is highly context-sensitive. We need racial categories to identify problems in how our racial construction is formed, including harmful effects, rather than seeking to eliminate the categories in any direct way, but we should also make efforts to change the conditions that generate those problematic elements, so we can retain only the unproblematic aspects.

Book: A Realist Metaphysics of Race: A Context-Sensitive, Short-Term Retentionist, Long-Term Revisionist Approach, Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield (December 2014)

Scholarly Articles:
- “Glasgow’s Anti-Realism: Experimental Philosophy and Thought Experiments,” Journal of Social Philosophy 44 No.2, Summer 2013, 146-168.


Le Moyne College Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year, Apr 2013

Syracuse University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, April 2003

      Syracuse University Summer Research Fellowship, June 1999

Teaching Experience:

Including the current semester, I have taught 102 classes since I have been teaching on my own, starting in the fall of 2000. During this time I have taught:

PHL 101, Phil. Foundations of Western Thought (ancient-Descartes, Le Moyne College)
PHI 101, The Examined Life: An Introduction to Philosophy (Onondaga Community

PHI 102, History of Philosophy: Ancient (Onondaga Community College)
PHI 103, Critical Thinking (Onondaga Community College)
PHL 104, Early Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Kant, Onondaga Community College)
PHI 107, Logic (Onondaga Community College)

PHI 107, Theories of Knowledge and Reality (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of

religion, Syracuse University)
PHI 108, Ethics (intro to ethical theory, Onondaga Community College)
PHI 109 Philosophy of Religion (Onondaga Community College)
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy (human nature, examined life, Le Moyne College)

PHI 191, Ethics and Value Theory (theoretical and applied ethics, Syracuse University)

PHL 192, Introduction to Moral Theory (ethical theory, historical and contemporary,  

Syracuse University; online course)

PHI 197, Human Nature (ancient to 20th century, Syracuse University)

PHL 201, Philosophical Perspectives on the Human Condition (human nature 1650-

contemporary, Le Moyne College)
PHL 210, Moral Philosophy (ethical theory and applied, Le Moyne College)

PHL 302, Issues in Ethics (applied ethics, Le Moyne College)

PHL 303, Great Traditions in Ethics (ethical theory, historical and contemporary, Le

Moyne College)
PHL 311, Introduction to Formal Logic (Le Moyne College)

PHI 391, History of Ethics (ancient to 20th century, Syracuse University)

PHI 393, Contemporary Ethics (ethical theory, Syracuse University)
PHL 410, Health Society & the Law (senior seminar, Le Moyne College)

PHI 493, Contemporary Ethical Issues (applied ethics, Syracuse University)
WRT 101, Introduction to Critical Writing (English dept., Le Moyne College)

Research Interests:

Metaphysics of Racial Classification; Social, Ethical, and Epistemological Implications of Race; Vagueness; Personal Identity; Time and Persistence; Material Constitution; Disability; Problem of Evil

Popular Articles/Chapters:

-- “Making the Inevitable Look Impossible and the Impossible Look Easy: Purpose, Fate,

and Destiny in ‘Monday’ and ‘The Goldberg Variation’” in The X-Files and

Philosophy, ed. Robert Arp (Open Court, 2017)

-- “Disability in Westeros” in The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy, ed. Eric

Silverman and Robert Arp (Open Court, 2016)

-- “Being Vetinari: Personal Identity on the Discworld” in The Discworld and

Philosophy, ed. Jacob Held (Open Court, 2016)
-- “Fate on the Discworld and Roundworld: A Conversation Between Death and Lu-Tze”

in The Discworld and Philosophy, ed. Nicolas Michaud (Open Court,


-- “The Golden Man” in Philip K. Dick and Philosophy, ed. D.E. Wittkower (Open Court,


-- “It Doesn’t Matter What We Do: Whatever Happened Happened” in The Ultimate Lost

and Philosophy, ed. Sharon Kaye (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series,


-- “Destiny in Harry Potter”, in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy:

Hogwarts for Muggles, ed. Greg Bassham (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture

Series, 2010)

-- “Mutants and the Metaphysics of Race”, in The X-Men and Philosophy:

Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the X-Verse, ed. Rebecca Housel and J.

Jeremy Wisnewski (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 2009)

--  above two chapters reprinted in Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From

Socrates to South Park, from House to Hume, ed. William Irwin and David Kyle

Johnson (Wiley/Blackwell, 2010)

Book Reviews:

Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools, Elizabeth J. Meyer, Teachers College Press, 2009, in Men and

Masculinities (December 2011)

God and Time: Four Views, ed. Gregory E. Ganssle, InterVarsity Press, 2001, in Faith

and Philosophy (October 2003)

Talks and conference presentations:
“Race and Context-Sensitivity,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, April 2012

        “The Ethical Implications of Race Realism: Retentionism, Reverse Fictionalism, or Revisonism?” Syracuse University Philosophy ABD Workshop, April


        “Context-Shifting in a Bundle View of Race,” Syracuse University Philosophy ABD Workshop, November 2007

        “Ethics Without God?” MissionU, conference for Christian college students, Providence, RI, February 2004

        “Vagueness, Coincident Entities, and Ontology” Syracuse University Internal Speakers series, Fall 2003

Conference/Talk Comments:
Kora Gould, “Moral Agency and Personal Identity,” Syracuse University Philosophy ABD Workshop, March 2007

Chris Tillman, “Contextualism is False,” Syracuse University Grad Student Philosophy Conference, February 2004

        Mark Moyer, "Should We Swallow Worms or Worm Slices?" Creighton Club, Philosophical Society of Central New York, Nov 2000

Referee/Review Work: (textbook evaluation) Routledge (journal referee) Mind, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Ergo

Editorial Work: Edited MS for Laurence Thomas’ portion of Laurence M. Thomas and Michael E. Levin, Sexual Orientation and Human Rights (1999)                         Rowman & Littlefield

Other Professional Responsibilities and Service:

Advisory Board, Center for Normative Inquiry, Palm Beach University

Co-founder, phil. of religion weblog Prosblogion

Academic Employment:
Visiting Assistant Professor, Le Moyne College, January 2015-present

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Le Moyne College, August 2011-December 2014

Adjunct Instructor, Onondaga Community College, January 2011-present

        Adjunct Instructor, Le Moyne College, August 2003-August 2011

        Adjunct Instructor, Syracuse University, May 2003-August 2011 both continuing education and Philosophy Dept. classes (incl. online)

Teaching associate, Syracuse University, August 2000-May 2003

Fully responsible for syllabi, lectures, assignments, exams, grading

Participation in Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program

Teaching assistant coordinator, Syracuse University, January 1998-May 2000

                Led recitation sections, responsible for grading

Oversight of team of 5-6 teaching assistants for class of 350-400 students

        Teaching assistant, Fall 1997 Led recitation sections, responsible for grading

        Tutor, summers 2001, 2002, 2004 (led study groups, tutored)

                Phi 107, Theories of Knowledge and Reality, Phi 171, Critical Thinking, Phi 191, Ethics and Value Theory, Phi 251, Logic, Rel 101, Religions of the                    World

Languages: Ancient Greek, Latin

Graduate Courses Taken or Audited(*):

Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion:

Persistence and Parthood (Ted Sider)

Personal Identity (Dean Zimmerman)

Vagueness (John Hawthorne, Jose Benardete)

Philosophical Theology (William Alston)

David Lewis* (John Hawthorne)

Time and Eternity* (Dean Zimmerman)

Imagination and Possibility (Tamar Szabo Gendler)

Topics in Metaphysics (John Hawthorne)

Metaphysics (Jose Benardete)

Philosophy of Mind (Robert Van Gulick)

History of Philosophy:

Topics in Ancient Philosophy: Metaphysics (John Robertson)

Topics in Ancient Philosophy: Ethics* (John Robertson)

Hellenistic Philosophy (Bonnie Kent)

Medieval Philosophy (John Hawthorne)

Locke* (Nicholas Jolley)

Locke and Leibniz (Jonathan Bennett, William Alston)

Malebranche and Leibniz* (Nicholas Jolley)

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason* (first half of semester, Fred Beiser)

Frege (Brent Mundy)

Other courses:

Race and Identity (Linda Martín Alcoff)

Contemporary Epistemology (William Alston)

Knowledge* (John Hawthorne)

Philosophy of Language (Ted Sider)

Philosophy of Mathematics (Jose Benardete)

Logic and Language (Mark Brown)

Moral Philosophy (Samuel Gorovitz)

Structure of Science (Brent Mundy)

Philosophical References:

Linda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, dissertation supervisor

Mark Heller, Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University

Ben Bradley, Dept. Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University

Kris McDaniel, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University

Teaching References:

Mario Saenz, Professor of Philosophy, Le Moyne College – dept. chair 2010-2013

Thomas McKay, Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University – teaching mentor 2000-2002 and former dept chair

Laurence Thomas, Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, Syracuse University – teaching oversight, 1997-2000