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Jonathan Matheson

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Academic Appointments              

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of North Florida [2015 – present]
  • Fellow, Florida Blue Center for Ethics, University of North Florida [2016]
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of North Florida [2010 – 2015]
  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Saint John Fisher College [2009 – 2010]
  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Nazareth College [2006 – 2009]

Education                                        

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Rochester. Dissertation: Dealing with Disagreement: Uniqueness and Conciliation. Committee: Richard Feldman, Earl Conee, and Edward Wierenga.
  • M.A. Philosophy, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Thesis: Belief and Responsibility. Committee: Edward Hinchman, Andrea Westlund, and Luca Ferrero.
  • M.A. Philosophy of Religion, Trinity International University. Thesis: Epistemology and Evidence. Committee: John Fienberg, Paul Fienberg, and Keith Yandell.
  • B.A. Philosophy, History, Taylor University.

Areas of Specialization              

Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

Books                                           

  1. The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement. (2015) Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. The Ethics of Belief: Individual and Social.  Co-Edited with Rico Vitz (equal work). (2014) New York: Oxford University Press.

Articles                                       

  1. “Disagreement” (co-authored with Shawn Graves).  Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (forthcoming).
  2. “Moral Caution and the Epistemology of Disagreement” Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming).
  3. “Disagreement and the Ethics of Belief.”  In James Collier (Ed.) The Future of Social Epistemology: A Collective Vision.  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield (2015) 139-148.
  4. “Disagreement and Epistemic Peers.” Oxford Handbooks Online in Philosophy. (2015). DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935314.013.13
  5. “Are Conciliatory Views of Disagreement Self-Defeating?” Social Epistemology (2015) 29(2): 145-159.
  6. “Is there a Well-Founded Solution to the Generality Problem?” Philosophical Studies (2015) 172(2): 459-468.
  7. “Epistemic Norms and Self-Defeat: A Reply to Littlejohn.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (2015) 4(2): 26-32.
  8. “Introduction” (co-authored with Rico Vitz, equal work).  In Jonathan Matheson and Rico Vitz (Eds.) The Ethics of Belief: Individual and Social, New York: Oxford University Press, (2014) 1-14.
  9. “Disagreement: Idealized and Everyday.” In Jonathan Matheson and Rico Vitz (Eds.) The Ethics of Belief: Individual and Social, New York: Oxford University Press, (2014) 315-330.
  10. “Skeptical Theism and Phenomenal Conservatism.” In Trent Dougherty and Justin McBrayer (Eds.) Skeptical Theism: New Essays, New York: Oxford University Press, (2014) 3-20.
  11. “A Puzzle about Disagreement and Rationality.”  Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (2014) 3(4): 1-3.
  12. “How Skeptical is the Equal Weight View?” (co-authored with Brandon Carey, equal work) In Diego Machuca (Ed.) Disagreement and Skepticism, New York: Routledge, (2013) 131-49.
  13. “Epistemic Relativism.” In Andrew Cullison (Ed.) Continuum Companion to Epistemology.  New York: Continuum (2012) 161-79.
  14. “The Case for Rational Uniqueness.” Logos & Episteme: An International Journal of Epistemology (2011) 2(3): 359-73.
  15. “Epistemological Considerations Concerning Skeptical Theism: A Response to Dougherty.”  Faith and Philosophy (2011) 28(3): 323-331.
  16. “Bergmann’s Dilemma: Exit Strategies for Internalists.” (co-authored with Jason Rogers, equal work).  Philosophical Studies (2011) 152(1): 55-80
  17. “Conciliatory Views of Disagreement and Higher-Order Evidence.”  Episteme: A Journal of Social Philosophy (2009) 6(3): 269-279.

Book Reviews                              

  1. Review of B. Frances, Disagreement, (with Katelyn Hallman) in Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 5, no. 1 (2016): 7-9.
  2. Review of J. Gibbons, The Norm of Belief, in The Philosophical Quarterly (2015). Online access [doi: 10.1093/pq/pqv058].
  3. Review of N. Levy, Hard Luck: How Luck Undermines Free Will and Moral Responsibility, in Metapsychology (2014) 18(30).
  4. Review of I. Evans and N. Smith, Knowledge, in Metascience (2013) 22(2): 471-474 online access [dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11016-012-9729-3].
  5. Review of D. Henderson and T. Horgan, The Epistemological Spectrum: At the Interface of Cognitive Science & Conceptual Analysis, in The Review of Metaphysics (2012) 65(4): 875-877.
  6. Review of R. Wedgewood, The Nature of Normativity, in Metapsychology (2012) 16(48).

Presentations                              

  1. “Disagreement and the Ethics of Belief.” Workshop on the Epistemology of Disagreement, University of Copenhagen.  Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov. 19-20, 2015.
  2. “Disagreement and the Ethics of Belief.” Florida Philosophical Association.  Flagler College, Nov. 7-8, 2015.
  3. “Moral Caution & Disagreement: A Case for Vegetarianism” Alabama Philosophical Society. Pensacola, FL, Oct. 2-3, 2015.
  4. “Disagreement and the Ethics of Belief.”  Deep Disagreements Workshop in conjunction with the German Society for Analytic Philosophy. Osnabrück, Germany, September 18, 2015.
  5. “Higher-Order Evidence and Defeat.”  Defeaters, Higher-Order Evidence, and the Limits of Defeat.  University of Cologne, June 12, 2015.
  6. “Evaluating Some Consequences of Religious Disagreement.” Canadian Philosophical Association, symposium on the epistemology of religious disagreement, Ottawa ON, June 3, 2015.
  7. “Evaluating Some Consequences of Religious Disagreement.” Society of Christian Philosophers Midwest Regional Meeting.  Mobile, AL, March 20-22, 2015.
  8. “Moral Caution and Disagreement: An Epistemic Principle for Applied Ethics.”  Florida Philosophical Association, Tampa Bay FL, November 14-15, 2014.
  9. “Disagreement and the Ethics of Belief.”  Special Guest Lecture, 8th Biennial Rochester Graduate Epistemology Conference, Rochester NY, October 24-25, 2014.
  10. “Moral Caution and Disagreement: An Epistemic Principle for Applied Ethics.” Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Jacksonville FL, February 27 – March 2, 2014.
  11. “Can Reasonable People Disagree?” Jacksonville Philosophy Slam, Jacksonville FL, November 19, 2013.
  12. “First-Order Evidence, Higher-Order Evidence, and the Epistemology of Disagreement.” Florida Philosophical Association, DeLand FL, November 15-16, 2013.
  13. “Defending Deference to the Experts.” Southeastern Epistemology Conference, University of Georgia, Athens GA, October 25-26, 2013.
  14. “A Defense of the Principle of Inferential Justification.” Alabama Philosophical Society, Pensacola FL, October 11-12, 2013.
  15. “A Defense of the Principle of Inferential Justification.”  Central States Philosophical Association, Tulsa OK, October 4-5, 2013.
  16. “Skeptical Theism and Phenomenal Conservatism.” Department of Philosophy, University of South Alabama, Mobile AL, January 25, 2013.
  17. “Is There a Well-Founded Solution to the Generality Problem?”  Eastern Division American Philosophical Association, Atlanta GA, December 27-30, 2012.
  18. “Epistemic Relativism, Circularity, and the Significance of Disagreement.” Department of Philosophy, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant MI, November 16, 2012.
  19. “Is the Generality Problem Everyone’s Problem?” Florida Philosophical Association, Orlando FL, November 2-3, 2012.
  20. “Reliabilism, Evidentialism, and the Generality Problem.” Southeastern Epistemology Conference, Jacksonville FL, October 26-27, 2012.
  21. “Is the Generality Problem Everyone’s Problem?” Alabama Philosophical Society, Pensacola FL, October 5-6, 2012.
  22. “Is There a Well-Founded Solution to the Generality Problem?” Central States Philosophical Association, Columbia MO, September 21-22, 2012.
  23. “The Equal Weight View, Religious Disagreement, and Skepticism.” Killeen Chair Religious Disagreement Conference, St. Norbert College, De Pere WI, April 14, 2012.
  24. “The Justification of Fundamental Epistemic Principles.”  Florida Philosophical Association, Fort Lauderdale FL, November 5, 2011.
  25. “The Justification of Fundamental Epistemic Principles.” Western Canadian Philosophical Association, Lethbridge AB, October 21-23, 2011.
  26. “White on Epistemic Permissiveness.”  Alabama Philosophical Society, Pensacola FL, September 23-24, 2011.
  27. “Rational Disagreement.”  (with Ted Locke) Jacksonville Public Philosophy Workshop, Jacksonville FL, August 27, 2011.
  28. “Disagreement: Idealized and Everyday.”  Omaha Epistemology Workshop on Epistemic Disagreement, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha NE, May 11-14, 2011.
  29. “Reflections On Lackey’s ‘What Should We Do When We Disagree?’”  Omaha Epistemology Workshop on Epistemic Disagreement, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha NE, May 11-14, 2011.
  30. “Equal Weight Views and the Evidential Impact of Peer Opinions.” Pacific Division American Philosophical Association, San Diego CA, April 20-23, 2011.
  31. “The Justification of Fundamental Epistemic Principles.”  Georgia Philosophical Society, Atlanta GA, April 9, 2011.
  32. “Are Conciliatory Views of Disagreement Self-Defeating?” Annual Evangelical Philosophical Society Meeting, Atlanta GA, November 17-19, 2010.
  33. “Equal Weight Views and Higher-Order Evidence.” 1st Annual Northwestern/Notre Dame Epistemology Conference, Evanston IL, April 16, 2010.
  34. “The Epistemology of Moral Responsibility.” Central Division American Philosophical Association, Chicago IL, February 17-20, 2010.
  35. “Self-Trust, Skepticism, and Peer Disagreement.” 5th Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, San Antonio TX, February 4-6, 2010.
  36. “Common Sense Epistemology and Skeptical Theism.” Western Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Durango CO, October 22-24, 2009.
  37. “Looking for a Discount: When to Make Conciliation” Knowledge, Belief, and Normativity Conference on Responsible Belief in the Face of Disagreement, Amsterdam Netherlands, August 18-20, 2009.
  38. “Conciliatory Views of Disagreement and Higher-Order Evidence.”  6th Annual Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston IL, June 26, 2009.
  39. “Are Conciliatory Views of Disagreement Self-Defeating?”  The Harvard – MIT Graduate Philosophy Conference, Cambridge MA, April 16, 2009.  
  40. “Conciliatory Views of Disagreement and Higher-Order Evidence.”  Pacific Division American Philosophical Association, Vancouver BC, April 8-12, 2009.
  41. “Conciliatory Views of Disagreement and Higher-Order Evidence.”  The Arché/Center for the Study of Mind in Nature Graduate Conference, Oslo Norway, November 15, 2008.
  42. “Counting the Consequences: Examining the Impersonal Standpoint of Consequentialism.” Western Canadian Philosophical Association, 45th Annual Meeting, Edmonton AB, October 25, 2008.
  43. “Skeptical Theism and Having Evidence.”  Evangelical Philosophical Society at the Central APA, Chicago IL, April 17, 2008.
  44. “Fragile Events and the Causal Relation.” Pacific Division American Philosophical Association, Pasadena CA, March 23, 2008.
  45. “Supererogation and Consequentialism.”  Nazareth College, Department of Philosophy, Rochester NY, March 12, 2008.
  46. “Blameworthy, yet Epistemically Justified.”  The Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Epistemology at the University of Miami, Miami FL, January 11, 2008.
  47. “Fragile Events and the Causal Relation.”  The University of Calgary Department of Philosophy Graduate Conference, Calgary AB, September 28, 2007.
  48. “Belief and Responsibility.” Society of Student Philosophers Conference, at Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI, October 1, 2005.
  49. “Examining the Role of Evidence in Alvin Plantinga’s Epistemology of Proper Functioning.”  Society of Student Philosophers Conference, at Temple University, Philadelphia PA, October 17, 2004.

Commentaries                              

  1. Commentator at large, 6th Annual Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop, May 19-20, 2014.
  2. Comments on Jeremy Morris’ “Justified but Impossible to Believe: The Case of Disappearing Epistemic Defeaters.” Central States Philosophical Association, October 4-5, 2013.
  3. Commentator at large, 4th Annual Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop, May 21-22, 2012.
  4. Comments on Jennifer Lackey’s “Is Religious Disagreement Rational?” Killeen Chair Religious Disagreement Conference, St. Norbert College, April 14, 2012.
  5. Commentator at large, 3rd Annual Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop, May 23-24, 2011.
  6. Comments on Ben Rohr’s “Generality Problems for Anti-Luck Epistemologies.”  Central States Philosophy Association, October 9-10, 2009.
  7. Comments on Ryan Tanner’s “A Problem for Fitting Attitude Accounts of Intrinsic Value.”  Western Canadian Philosophical Association, 45th Annual Meeting, October 24, 2008.
  8. Comments on Joshue Orozco’s “Epistemic Rationality and Practical/Moral Considerations.”  5th Biennial Rochester Graduate Epistemology Conference, October 11, 2008.
  9. Comments on Jeff Sebo’s “Is a Real Ethics of Belief Possible?” 4th Biennial Rochester Graduate Epistemology Conference, October 21, 2006.

Professional Service                  

  • Epistemology Area Editor, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2012-present)
  • Vice-President Florida Philosophical Association (2016-present)
  • Editor Academia.edu (2015-present)
  • Co-Organizer (with Paul Carelli) of the 2014-2015 Northeast Florida Student Philosophy ConferenceKeynote: Jaime Ahlberg
  • Organizer of the 2013-2014 Northeast Florida Student Philosophy ConferenceKeynote: Mitch Haney
  • Organizer of the 2012-2013 Northeast Florida Student Philosophy ConferenceKeynotes: William FitzPatrick, Sarah McGrath
  • Organizer of the 2012 Southeastern Epistemology Conference, October 26-27, 2012. Participants include: John Altschul, Michael Bishop, Elijah Chudnoff, Jack Lyons, Kevin McCain, Ted Poston, Chase Wren, and Sarah Wright.
  • Co-Organizer (with Rico Vitz) of the UNF A. David Kline Public Philosophy Symposium on the Ethics of Belief, Oct. 13-15, 2011. Participants include: Heather Battaly, EJ Coffman, Catherine Elgin, Richard Feldman, Sandy Goldberg, Alvin Goldman, Heidi Grasswick, Tom Kelly, Ted Poston, and Sarah Wright.
  • Referee – Broadview Press, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Dialectica, Episteme, Erkenntnis, Faith and Philosophy, Grazer Philosophische Studien, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Philosophical Research, Mind, Noûs, Oxford University Press, Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophia, Philosophical Papers, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Ratio, Res Philosophica, Routledge, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Synthese, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Chair, John Schwenkler and Berislav Marusic, “Intending is Believing.” Florida Philosophical Association, Nov. 7, 2015.
  • Chair, Jessica Brown, “Defeat, Dogmatism, and Bayesianism.”  Intellectual Humility Seminar, May 9, 2015.
  • Chair, Andreas Falke and Gene Witmer, “Determinism and Intervention: A Reply to Sehon.” Florida Philosophical Association, Nov. 14, 2014.
  • Chair, Chris Ranalli, “Metaepistemological Skepticism.” 6th Annual Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop, May 19-20, 2014.
  • Chair, Ziming Song, “Physicalism Un-Blocked.” Florida Philosophical Association, Nov. 15, 2013.
  • Chair, Andrew Brenner, “Parfit on Free Will and Desert.”  Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference, March 2, 2013.
  • Chair, Taylor Cyr, “Moral Responsibility, Luck, and Compatibilism.” Florida Philosophical Association, Nov. 3, 2012.
  • Chair, Richard Fry, “The Epistemological and Psychological Status of Proofs in Hume.” Central States Philosophical Association, Sept. 21, 2012.
  • Chair, Ted Poston, “Coherence, A Priority, and Logic.” Central States Philosophical Association, Sept. 22, 2012.
  • Chair, Robert Audi’s, “Normative Disagreement as a Challenge to Moral Philosophy and Philosophical Theology.”  Challenges to Religious and Moral Beliefs: Disagreement and Evolution, Purdue University, Sept. 6, 2012.
  • Chair, Peter Graham, “The Reliability of Testimony and Social Norms.”  Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop, May 21, 2012.
  • Chair, Andrew Moon’s, “Cognitive Science of Religion, Epistemic Circularity, and Religious Disagreement.”  Killeen Chair Religious Disagreement Conference, St. Norbert College, April 15, 2012.
  • Chair, Elliot Goodine’s, “Knowing How and Epistemic Luck.” Western Canadian Philosophical Association, October 23, 2011.
  • Chair, Mark Kaplan’s, “Jeffrey’s Challenge.”  Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop, May 24, 2011.
  • Chair, Michael Schaffer’s, “Pragmatic Encroachment Penalized.” Central Division American Philosophical Association, March 31, 2011.
  • UNF Philosophy Club Faculty Member [2011 – present]
  • UNF Ethics Bowl Team Coach [2011 – present]
    • 2013 – placed 14th in the nation
    • 2014 – national semi-finalist
  • UNF Philosophy Department Curriculum & Assessment Committee (Chair 2014-2015) [2014 – present]
  • UNF COAS General Education Task Force [2014 – present]
  • UNF Philosophy Department Library Liaison [2010 – 2013]

Teaching Experience                   

University of North Florida

  • Advanced Topics in Epistemology (DIS)
  • Metaethics (Senior Seminar)
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Ethics Bowl II (DIS)
  • Moral Responsibility (DIS)
  • Epistemological Spectrum (DIS)
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Relativism and Disagreement
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Social Epistemology (DIS)
  • Ethics Bowl (DIS)
  • Contemporary Debates in Epistemology
  • Epistemology
  • Introduction to Philosophy

University of Rochester

  • Puzzles about Responsibility
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Puzzles about Knowledge

St. John Fisher College

  • Basic Logic

Nazareth College

  • American Philosophy
  • Logic and Inquiry

Honors and Awards                    

  • UNF Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (Nominee)                   [2015-2016]
  • UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Nominee)          [2015-2016]
  • UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Nominee)          [2014-2015]
  • UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Nominee)          [2013-2014]
  • UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Nominee)          [2012-2013]
  • UNF Mentor of the Year Award (Nominee)                                         [2014-2015]
  • UNF Mentor of the Year Award (Nominee)                                         [2012-2013]
  • UNF Mentor of the Year Award (Nominee)                                         [2011-2012]
  • Safe Space Certified – UNF LGBT Center                                            [2014]
  • UNF Certified Online Instructor and Course Developer                      [2013]
  • TOL (teaching online) Seminar                                                           [Summer 2013]
  • APA Central Division Graduate Stipend Award Winner                     [2010]
  • APA Pacific Division Graduate Stipend Award Winner                      [2008]