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Introduce Yourself!

Thanks for your interest in the Introduction to Philosophy project! Please tell us a bit more about yourself, your areas of expertise, and your background, and why this project excites you. If you’re looking for specific ways to contribute to the project, but aren’t sure where to start, we’ll follow up and make sure we find ways to have you participate!

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  1. I am an independent researcher in philosophy. In 2018 I retired from a professional career as a software architect. 

    My main interests are in the areas of philosophical methodology,  ontology and metaontology, metaphysics and metametaphysics, naturalism, truth, scientific models and representation, scientific realism.

    I studied philosophy at Tilburg University (2009 BA) and the University of Antwerp (2011 MA with distinction). Long before that I studied macro-economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (1987 MA).

    I live with my wife and our dog in Zundert, the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh.

  2. Welcome, Jan! I see you’re interested in reviewing; I expect your interest areas will coincide with one or more of our topic areas for the book!

  3. Christina, I would be more than willing to do some reviewing for the project. Metaphysics and Logic are probably the obvious topics. But Philosophy of Science when it comes around will also suit me fine. So if I can be of help please let me know.

  4. Hi everyone!

    I am the newly appointed lead editor of the epistemology section. I’m excited to join the project and eagerly look forward to collaborating with all of you. Two things led me here. First, I’ve long desired there to be a text like this to use in my own classes (whether as a main text or supplementary resource). Second, I recently participated in an open access workshop at the university where I teach, which further strengthened my commitment to the open access movement. In fact, one of the workshop facilitators pointed me directly to this project.

    Here’s a bit more about myself:

    I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Mathematics, after which I attended grad school at the University of Rochester, where I received my M.A. in 2011 and Ph.D. in 2016. I wrote my dissertation, Higher-Order Evidence: Its Nature and Epistemic Significance, under the direction of Richard Feldman, Earl Conee, and Edward Wierenga. My research is primarily in epistemology, philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of nonviolence, but I also teach a range of courses in logic and ethics at St. John Fisher College (in Rochester) and the State University of New York @ Geneseo.

    In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and nature photography—primarily waterfalls. I am slowly putting together a website pairing my waterfall photos with short, informal philosophy essays about nature.

    Over the next week or two, I’ll be drafting the chapter outlines for the epistemology section. Let me know if there is anything I can do beyond my role as editor. I am happy to contribute in any way I can, such as reviewing or authoring a chapter.

    Take care,


  5. Hi everyone! I just found out about this project and I’m interested in helping in any way that I can. I’ve taught philosophy (including logic, ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of religion, and bioethics) at Porterville College in California since the fall of 2016. My Ph.D. in philosophy is from Florida State University also in 2016. I wrote my dissertation on moral responsibility under Al Mele, Randolph Clarke, and Stephen Kearns. Now my research is primarily in the areas of free will/moral responsibility, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Let me know how I can help!

  6. Hi Matt, thank you for your interest in the project! Have you taken a look at the tasks we need at the moment? We’re looking for some chapter authors as well as an editor for Aesthetics. Please see this Table of Contents for the chapters we’re still needing authors for. We have just finished peer reviews of three books—Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Mind—but we’ll be needing peer reviews of others as they get completed. And it could be useful to have reviews published for completed books as well, so other faculty can see the reviews (the peer reviews so far have been comments to the authors and editors, just to improve the works before publication). So that’s another way you might get involved.

    If you’d like to write a chapter or be a peer reviewer, please send a CV to me at christina.hendricks@ubc.ca and I’ll forward your information to the appropriate book editor!

  7. Folks: I’m Nate Angell, currently working with Hypothesis, but formerly with Lumen Learning, and once a very long time ago in a galaxy that was pretty darn close actually, I was a PhD candidate in American Civilization (sic) with a focus on critical media studies for which I will likely remain forever ABD. As a part of that graduate work I was deeply immersed in philosophy — or maybe better to call it “critical theory” — and have read pretty widely in philosophy, with a tilt toward European and post-colonial writers. I think of myself as a post-structuralist if that won’t get me voted off the island immediately.

    That said, I probably no longer have the chops to contribute at a subject matter expert level, but I do have deep familiarity with many topics in philosophy, a lot of experience as an editor, and very deep skills in the care and feeding of digital texts — most especially with Pressbooks.

    And so I’d love to contribute in any way I could help, perhaps at a copyediting level, and/or in the digital mechanics of publication.