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Kenneth Boyce

boyceka@missouri.edu

Education                   

PhD, University of Notre Dame, August 2013

MA, Philosophy, University of Missouri, June 2007

MA, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, May 2005

BA, Physics and Philosophy & Religion, Truman State University, May 2002

Areas of Research                    

Metaphysics

Epistemology

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Religion

Publications   

(forthcoming) “The Coincidentalist Reply to the No-Miracles Argument” Erkenntnis.

Book Review: In Defense of Conciliar Christology: A Philosophical Essay, by Timothy Pawl (New York: Oxford University Press), American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91 (2017), pp. 495-497.

Dictionary Entry: “Nancy Cartwright” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science, edited by Tremper Longman, Michael Strauss, and Christopher Reese (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017), pp. 80-81.

“In Defense of Proper Functionalism: Cognitive Science Takes on Swampman” (with Andrew Moon), Synthese (2016), pp. 2987-3001.

“Proper Functionalism” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2016).

“Multi-Peer Disagreement and the Preface Paradox” (with Allan Hazlett), Ratio 29 (2016), pp. 29-41.               

“Some Considerations Concerning CORNEA, Global Skepticism, and Trust,” Skeptical Theism: New Essays, edited by Trent  Dougherty and Justin McBrayer (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 103-114.

Book Review: Gratuitous Suffering and the Problem of Evil: A Comprehensive Introduction, by Bryan Frances (New York: Routledge), Faith and Philosophy 31 (2014), pp. 348-352.

“On the Equivalence of Goodman’s and Hempel’s Paradoxes,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 45 (2014), 32-42.

“Existentialism Entails Anti-Haecceitism,” Philosophical Studies 168 (2014), 297-326.

“Proper Functionalism” (with Alvin Plantinga), Companion to Epistemology, edited by Andrew Cullison (Continuum Press, 2012), 124-140.

“Non-Moral Evil and the Free Will Defense,” Faith and Philosophy 28 (2011), 371-384.

Grants and Other Support

2016  John Templeton Foundation Classical Theism Project Summer Stipend: Provided funding for the summer to work on a research paper concerning the relationship between God and abstract objects.

2015 University of Missouri Internal Research Board Grant: Provides for two semesters (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017) off teaching for the production of three papers on the topic of nominalism and scientific explanation.

2015 John Templeton Foundation Summer Seminar on the Nature and Value of Faith Summer Stipend: Provided for living expenses and a research stipend to participate in, present during, and draft a research paper for the 2015 John Templeton Foundation Summer Seminar on the Nature and Value of Faith.

Academic Presentations         

“Why Explanationism Won’t Get You Mathematical Empiricism” Society for the Metaphysics of Science 3rd Annual Conference, New York City, October 5-7, 2017.

“Why Inference to the Best Explanation Won’t Get You Mathematical Platonism” University of Arkansas Philosophy Colloquium, Fayetteville Arkansas, April 21, 2017.

“Can Traditional Theists Be Platonists?” Guest Lecture for Thomas Senor’s Undergraduate Philosophy of Religion Class at The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas, April 20, 2017.

“Why Inference to the Best Explanation Won’t Get You Mathematical Platonism” The Forty-First Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Memphis Tennessee, March 31-April 1, 2017.

“Can Traditional Theists Be Platonists?” Keynote Address at Truman State University’s 27th Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference, Kirksville Missouri, November 5, 2016.

“In Defense of Proper Functionalism: Cognitive Science Takes on the Swampman” (with Andrew Moon), 2016 Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, March 30-April 2, 2016.

“In Defense of Proper Functionalism: Cognitive Science Takes on the Swampman” (with Andrew Moon), 9th Annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop, Columbia Missouri, October 16-17, 2015.

“The Gift of Faith” 2015 John Templeton Foundation Summer Seminar on the Nature and Value of Faith, Columbia Missouri, July 6-31, 2015.

“In Defense of Proper Functionalism: Cognitive Science Takes on the Swampman” (with Andrew Moon), The Thirty Ninth Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Memphis Tennessee, March 13-14, 2014.

“Against the No-Miracle Response to Indispensability Arguments” 2014 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, February 26-March 1, 2014.

“Against the No-Miracle Response to Indispensability Arguments” Alabama Philosophical Society, 52nd Annual Conference, Pensacola Florida, October 10-11, 2014.

“Why Inference to the Best Explanation Won’t Get You Mathematical Platonism” 2013 Missouri Philosophy of Science Workshop, Columbia Missouri, October 11-12, 2013.

The Multiverse and the Inverse Gambler’s Fallacy: A Response to Nick Bostrom on Behalf of Roger White” 2013 Mountain-Pacific Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Boulder Colorado, March 8-9, 2013.

“Aristotle’s Presentist Account of Time and the Charge of Circularity” 2013 Central Division Meeting of the American  Philosophical Association, February 20-23, 2013.

On Believing in Neutrons but not Numbers” Central States Philosophical Association 2012 Conference, September 21-22, 2012.

On Believing in Neutrons but not Numbers” 2012 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 4-7, 2012.

“On Believing in Neutrons but not Numbers” 63rd Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference, November 4-5, 2011.

The Multiverse and the Inverse Gambler’s Fallacy: A Response to Nick Bostrom on Behalf of Roger White” 2011 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 30-April 2, 2011.

“Aristotle’s Presentist Account of Time and the Charge of Circularity” Alabama Philosophical Society, 48th Annual Conference, Pensacola Florida, September 24-25, 2010.

“In Defense of Theistic Activism: A Response to Bergman and Brower” 2009 Mountain-Pacific Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Durango Colorado, October 22-24, 2009.

“Why Basic Knowledge Isn’t Too Easy” 2006 Rochester Epistemology Conference, Rochester New York, October 20-21, 2006.

Commentaries              

“The Situation-Dependency of Perception” by Susanna Schellenberg, University of Missouri Kline Workshop on the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Appearances, Columbia Missouri, October 27-28, 2017.

“Inference to the Best Explanation and Our Sense of Understanding” by Mark Newman, The Forty-First Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Memphis Tennessee, March 31-April 1, 2017.

“Classical Theism & Theistic Accounts of Properties” by  Lindsay K. Cleveland, The Classical Theism Workshop (funded by the John Templeton Foundation), St. Thomas Minnesota, July 20-23, 2016.

“Total Commitment” by Karen Bennett, University of Missouri Kline Workshop on Ontological Commitment, Columbia Missouri, March 18-19, 2016.

“A Short Argument for the Reduction of Cognitive Psychology to Neurobiology” by Gregory Johnson, The Thirty Ninth Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Memphis Tennessee, March 13-14, 2014.

“Object Constructivism and Unconstructed Objects” by Justin Remhof, Central States Philosophical Association 2012 Conference, September 21-22, 2012.

“Double Occupancy and Time Travel” by John Carol, Daniel Ellis, and Brandon Moore, 63rd Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference, November 4-5, 2011.

A workshop on The Problem of Evil by Peter van Inwagen, Baylor Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Waco Texas, February 22-24, 2007 (with Justin McBrayer).

“On Evil’s Vague Necessity” by Mike Almeida, Baylor Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Waco Texas, February 22-24, 2007.

“The Conditionals of Deliberation” by Keith DeRose, MU Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Columbia Missouri, January 27-28, 2006 (with Justin McBrayer).

Public Lectures            

“What is Philosophy of Religion?,” Christian Fellowship Church Leaders Meeting, Columbia Missouri, September 1, 2016.

“Are We All Moral Monsters?: The Ethics of Famine Relief,” The First Unitarian Church of South Bend, South Bend Indiana, March 27, 2011.

Honors and Examinations

(June 2013) Dissertation Defense.  Committee members: Michael Rea (director), Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, Meghan Sullivan, Jeff Speaks.  Passed with the highest grade Excellent.

(February 2011) Notre Dame Oral Examination in Metaphysics (with concentrations in identity, fictionalism, and modality). Committee  members: Michael Rea, Ted Warfield, Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, and Thomas Flint. Passed with the highest grade Excellent.

(August 2009) Notre Dame Philosophy Department Comprehensive History of Philosophy Examination. Passed with distinction.

2007 University of Missouri–Columbia Superior Graduate  Student Award.

Professional Workshops and Seminars

The July 2016 Classical Theism Workshop (funded by the John Templeton Foundation), St. Thomas Minnesota, July 20-23, 2016.

The Spiritual Senses Symposium in Atlanta (in connection with the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion), Atlanta Georgia, November 20, 2016.

2015 John Templeton Foundation Summer Seminar on the Nature and Value of Faith (hosted by the University of Missouri), Columbia Missouri.

Analytic Theology Workshop (held at Perkins Theological Seminary), Dallas Texas, August 11-15, 2014.

Analytic Theology Workshop (held at Perkins Theological Seminary), Dallas Texas, August 12-16, 2013.

Analytic Theology Workshop (held at Perkins Theological Seminary), Dallas Texas, August 19-24, 2012 (invited).

Teaching Experience

Classes Taught        

Philosophy of Religion, University of Missouri, Spring 2016

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Missouri, Spring 2016

Graduate Seminar in Metaphysics: Fictionalism and Ontological Commitment, University of Missouri, Fall 2015

Philosophy of Religion, University of Missouri, Fall 2015

Elementary Logic (Online), University of Missouri, Fall 2015

Graduate Seminar in Metaphysics: Counterfactuals and Dispositions, University of Missouri–Columbia, Spring 2015

Elementary Logic, University of Missouri–Columbia, Spring 2015

Elementary Logic (Online), University of Missouri–Columbia, Spring 2015

Philosophy of Religion, University of Missouri–Columbia, Fall 2014

Introduction to Ethics, University of Missouri–Columbia, Fall 2014

Graduate Seminar in Metaphysics: A Survey, University of Missouri–Columbia, Spring 2014

Introduction to Ethics, University of Missouri–Columbia, Spring 2014

Epistemology, University of Missouri–Columbia, Fall 2013

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Missouri–Columbia, Fall 2013

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2013 (Instructor)

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2012 (Instructor)

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2012 (Instructor)

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2012 (Instructor)

Introduction to Informal Logic, Indiana University South Bend, Fall 2010 (Adjunct Professor)

Introduction to Symbolic Logic, Indiana University South Bend, Spring 2010 (Adjunct Professor)

Introduction to Ethics, Indiana University South Bend, Fall 2009 (Adjunct Professor)

Introduction to Ethics, University of Missouri–Columbia, Spring 2007 (Instructor)

TA Positions

Philosophy of Law, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2010

Paradoxes, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2010

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2009

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2009

Medical Ethics, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2008

Introduction to Logic, University of Missouri–Columbia, Fall 2006

Introduction to Ethics, University of Missouri–Columbia, Spring 2006

Introduction to Philosophy, University of Missouri–Columbia, Fall 2005

Service

Executive Committee Member for the Society of Christian Philosophers (Spring 2017-Present): It is my duty to attend committee meetings and to review and vote on matters of importance to carrying out the mission and function of the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Missouri Philosophy Department Speaker Series Coordinator (Fall 2015-Spring 2016): It was my responsibility to orchestrate speaking events for the Missouri philosophy department’s colloquia.

Missouri Faculty Awards Committee (Spring 2013-Spring 2016): It was my duty to make available to the philosophy faculty information concerning awards for which members of our faculty may be qualified and also to help with the nomination and application process.

Referee for the following journals: Analytic Philosophy (1x), Annals of Philosophy (1x), Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2x), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (1x), Dialectica (1x), Faith and Philosophy (2x), International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion (2x), Journal of the American Philosophical Association (1x), Philosophical Quarterly (3x), Philosophical Studies (2x), Religious Studies (2x), Res Philosophica (1x), Synthese (2x).

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