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Department of Philosophy


Why Philosophy? Athena Teaching Student

Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.


Mark R. Wheeler
University of Rochester
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Edited Books
150 Years of Evolution: Charles Darwin’s Impact on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SDSU Press, San Diego, 2011).

Articles in Refereed Journals
“A Deflationary Reading of Aristotle’s Definitions of Truth and Falsehood at Metaphysics 1011b26-7,” Apeiron, vol. 44, June 2011, pp. 67-90.

“Concept Acquisition in Posterior Analytics B 19,” Hermathena, No. 167, Winter 1999.

“In Defense of a Derivation of ‘Ought’ From ‘Is’,” Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Volume XXVI, Number 3, July 1999.

“Kant’s Putative Antinomy of Teleological Judgment,” Diálogos, Año XXXIV, Número 74, Julio 1999.

“Semantics in Aristotle’s Organon,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, Volume XXXVII, Number 2, April 1999.

“A Provocative Account of the Republic: A Response,” forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 47th Annual Far Western Philosophy of Education Society Conference, 1999.

“The Possibility of Recurrent Individuals in Aristotle’s Organon,” Gregorianum, Volume 81, Number 3, 1999.

"The Parts of Definitions, Unity, and Sameness in Aristotle's Metaphysics: A Resolution of an Outstanding Problem for Aristotle's Theory of Definition," The Journal of Neoplatonic Studies, II, n.2, (1994).

"The Uniformity of the Causal Connection in the Second Analogy, or How not to Dodge Beck," Kant-Studien 85 (1994).

Co-Authored Articles
"Blunting the Blind Impress: Autonomy, Self-Reflection, and Tracking the Truth," co-authored with Dwight Furrow, in Social Theory and Practice, vol. 30, no. 3, July 2013.

“Levinasian Autonomy: How to Free a Hostage” co-authored with Dwight Furrow, in Ethics and Phenomenology, eds. Mark Sanders and J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).

Book Chapters
“Epicurus on Friendship: The Emergence of Blessedness” in Epicurus: His Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance, Gordon, edited by R. Dane (RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, Rochester, 2003).

“Historical Background,” in Henry E. Kyburg, Jr., Uncertain Inference (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001).

Book Reviews
Review of Christopher P. Long’s Aristotle on the Nature of Truth in Ancient History Bulletin, no. 1, 2011.

Review of Richard Sorabji’s Self: Ancient and Modern Insights about Individuality, Life, and Death in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, no.49, July 2007.

Review of Paolo Crivelli’s Aristotle on Truth in Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 44, no. 3, July 2006.

Review of David Carles’s Aristotle on Meaning and Essence in Ancient Philosophy vol. 24, no. 2, Fall 2004.

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