Department of Philosophy
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260-0074
(316) 978-3125, (316) 978-7886
FAX: (316) 978-3036

Ph.D. 1975 The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Dissertation: Epistemological Accounts of Predication; advisor: Robert Cummins.
M.A. 1973 The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
B.A. with highest honors (Philosophy), 1969 The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Specialization: Philosophy of language and related areas in epistemology and logic

1973-4, 1975-present, Department of Philosophy, Wichita State University
1973-74 Instructor
1975-78 Assistant Professor, part-time joint appointment
1978-83 Assistant Professor, probationary; tenured 1982
1983-99 Associate Professor
1999- Professor
Administrative Experience:
1977-78 Kellogg Foundation Administrative Intern, served in the Office of the
President, WSU
1984-90 Chair, Department of Philosophy

2000 University Summer Research Grant for work on book manuscript on Davidson, $3000.
1994 NEH Summer Seminar, “Reference: Language and Reality”, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, $3600.
1992 University Summer Research Grant for preliminary research on article on Davidson, $3075.
1988 University Summer Research Grant for work on book manuscript on Hobbes, $3000.
1981-2 University sponsored research grant ( 1980-1 University sponsored research grant (
Awards and Recognition:
University Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
McNair Mentor, 2001
J. R. Barrier Distinguished Teaching Award, 1999
Emory Lindquist Honors Mentor 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999
President’s Award for Distinguished Service, 1998
Core Course Instructor, Kansas Regents Honors Academy, 1991

Strong Wits and Spider Webs: A Study in Hobbes’s Philosophy of Language, Aldershot, U.K.: Avebury/Ashgate, 1996.


“Error”, Southwest Philosophy Review, 20.1 (2004), 1-24.

“Anti-Cartesian Epistemology: Davidson’s Naturalism”, Southwest Philosophy Review, 19.1 (2003),

“Reinflating Truth as an Explanatory Concept”, (co-authored with Jeffrey Hershfield), Pacific Phil. Quarterly, 84:1 (2003), 32-42.

“Davidson’s ‘Problem’ of Explanatory Force?”, (co-authored with Jeffrey Hershfield), Southwest
Philosophy Review
, 16.1 (2000), 91-100.

“Prefers True: Archimedean Point or Achilles Heel?”, The Philosophy of Donald Davidson, ed. Lewis Hahn, Library of Living Philosophers Series, Open Court (1999), 311-329.

“Fish Traps and Rabbit Snares: Zhuangzi on Judgment, Truth and Knowledge”, (co-authored with David E. Soles), Asian Philosophy, 8 (1998), 149-164.

“Understanding Music as Wittgenstein Does”, Southwest Philosophy Review, 14.2 (1998) 97-114.

“Will the Real Description Theory of Names Please Stand Up”, Southwest Philosophy Review,
12.1 (1996), 151-160.

“On the Indeterminacy of Action”, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 14 (1984), 475-488.

“Some Ways of Going Wrong: On Mistakes in On Certainty”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 42.4 (1982), 555-571.

“Hume, Language and God”, Philosophical Topics, 12.3 (1981), 109-119.

“Russell’s Causal Theory of Meaning”, Russell, New Series 1.1 (1981), 27-37.

“Manufacturing and Merchandising: The New Pedagogy”, Journal of Thought, (1980), 3-7.

Work in Progress:
Donald Davidson’s Epistemological Program (Book-length manuscript on Davidson’s epistemology and its relationships to the theory of interpretation).

“Observation in History and Science” co-authored with David Soles, in process.

“Reliabilism and the Principle of Induction” co-authored with David Soles, in process.

Presentations at Professional Meetings:

“Comments on Searle on Rules”, Kansas Philosophy Society, Manhattan, KS. February, 2004.

“Error”, Presidential Address, Southwestern Philosophy Society, Memphis, TN, November, 2003.

“Kripke’s Mistake and Soames’ Mistake”, American Philosophical Association, Cleveland, OH April, 2003.

“Davidson’s Epistemological Naturalism”, Presidential Address, Southwestern Philosophy Society, Kansas City, MO, November, 2002.

“Escaping Charybdis: Truth as an Explanatory Concept”, (co-authored with Jeffrey Hershfield),
Third Annual Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA, March, 2000.

“Davidson’s ‘Problem’ of Explanatory Force?”, (co-authored with Jeffrey Hershfield), Central States Philosophical Association, Norman, OK, October, 1999.
Also, Southwestern Philosophy Society, Houston, TX, November, 1999.
Also, American Philosophical Association, Albuquerque, NM, April, 2000.

“‘But Why Do We Need Semantic Facts?’ Auntie Asks”, Southwestern Philosophy Society, Memphis, TN, October, 1997.

“Understanding ‘Wittgenstein’s Musical Understanding’”, Southwestern Philosophy Society, Kansas City, MO, November, 1996.

“Will the Real Description Theory of Names Please Stand Up”, Southwestern Philosophy Society,
Austin, TX, November, 1995.

“Ethics Naturalized: Comments on Campbell”, Central States Philosophical Association, Nashville, TN, October, 1994.

“Reality without Reference, Communication without Meaning”, NEH Seminar, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, NY, July, 1994.

“An Allegory on the Banks of the Kaw”, Central States Philosophical Association, Lawrence, KS,
October, 1992.

“Comments on ‘Basic Beliefs’”, Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Edmond, OK, September, 1990.

“Hobbes’ Causal Theory of Names”, Kansas Philosophy Society, Emporia, KS, February, 1989.

“Comments on ‘A Defense of Unlearned Language’”, Kansas Philosophy Society, Manhattan, KS,
February, 1986.

“Comments on ‘Individuation of Propositional Attitudes’”, Southwestern Philosophy Society, Baton Rouge, LA, November, 1982.

“What is a Feminist Theory?”, Southwestern Philosophy Society, San Marcos, TX, November, 1981.

“Russell’s Causal Theory of Meaning”, Central States Philosophical Association, Kansas City, MO, October, 1980.

“Language and God: Part III of Hume’s Dialogues”, American Philosophical Association, San Diego, CA, March, 1979.

“Comments on ‘Notions of Contrariety in Greek Logic”, Tri-University Colloquium, Lawrence, KS, February, 1977.

Courses Taught:
Introductory Logic

Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy
Logic for Test-Takers (workshop)

Philosophical Classics
Contemporary British-American Phil.

The Meaning of Philosophy
Language and Philosophy

Moral Issues
Philosophy of Logic

Theory of Knowledge

Ethical Theory
Seminar on Wittgenstein

Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Feminism

Quine (team-taught)
Seminar on Davidson

Coop ed. course supervision
Analytic Philosophy

Ethics and Psychology (for psych. PhD students)
Numerous directed readings courses phil. of lang. and epistemology
Occasional outside reader for MA’s, MFA’s and MS’s (Psych., Poli. Sci., Eng., and Comp.Sci.) and for PhD in Psych.

Dept. major advisor, pre-law advisor; honors thesis director; McNair program faculty mentor and McNair annual presenter on publishing.

Other Professional Activity:
American Philosophical Association:
Member, Central Division Nominating Committee, 1990-91.
Member, APA’s Committee on the Status of Women, 1991-94.

Southwestern Philosophy Society:
President, 2002-3; Acting President June - November 2002.
Vice-President, 2001-2; Program Chair for 2002 meeting
Secretary-Treasurer, 1998 - 2000.
Ex-officio member of Executive Committee 1998-2000, 2001-present.
Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, 1983-84, 1995-96, 1997-98.
Referee, 1983 - present.

Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference:
Program Chair, 1991.
Member, Executive Committee, 1988-89, 1990-91.
Referee, 1988 - present.
Central States Philosophy Society:
Referee, 1989 - present (intermittent).
University Press of Kansas Editorial Board:
Alternate member, 1986-87.
Full member, 1987-90.

Kansas Philosophy Society:
Program chair and local arrangements chair, 2006.
Member of editorial board and referee, Southwest Philosophy Review, 1988-94, 2009 - ongoing.
Referee, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 1998-99, 2002, 2005, 2007
Referee, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2005.
Referee, Kansas Philosophical Society, continuing through present.
Editor, Southwestern Society for Women in Philosophy Newsletter, 1979-82.
Occasional reviewer for commercial and academic presses considering manuscripts.

Major Committee Assignments:
Faculty Senate, President, 2009-2010 and At-Large Seantor, 2009-2011; Humanities Senator, 2008-09; President- Elect, 2008-09; Chair, Faculty Senate Rules Committee, 2008-09; member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2008-11; member and Chair (2009-2010) Faculty Senate Planning and Budget Committee, 2008-11.
University committee, member, Regents’ Program Review, 2007-08, 2009-2010.
University Grievance Committee member, 2006-07.
LAS College Council, 1998-2000, 2001-4, 2007-10; Chair 1998-99, 2002-03, 2003-04; Executive Committee member 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2007-08; Chair, Administrative Review Committee 2001-2, 2007 -09; Budget Committee member 1999-2000. LAS Elections commissioner, 2007-2010.
LAS Faculty Support and Fellowship Awards Committee, 2002-2008; Chair, 2004-08.
Graduate School Bylaws Committee, 2001-2.
LAS Barrier Teaching Award committee, 1999-present.
University Tenure and Promotion Committee, member, 1993-94, 1995-98, Chair: 1997-98.
LAS Tenure and Promotion Committee, member, 1985-86, 1991-1994, 1995-1998.
Secretary: 1993-94; Chair: 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98.
Advisor to Women’s Studies Department, 1995-96.
Graduate Council, member, 1995-97, 1982-83, 2005-06; member of Grad. Council Review Team of Master’s degree in Nursing, 1982-83.
LAS Dean’s Search Committee, member, 1992-93.
Vice-President, WSU chapter, AAUP, 1992-94.
University General Education Program Implementation Committee, member, 1991-92 (includes time during sabbatical sp 92).
LAS Assessment Review Committee, member, 1990-91.
Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Evaluation (response to Regents’ position), member, 1990.
Nursing Chair Search Committee, member, 1989-90.
Commission on the Future of LAS, member and sometime acting chair, and chair of literature review team, 1987-88.
Faculty Senate, Humanities Senator, 1987-88, 1989-90.
Convenor, Humanities Chairs, 1985-89.
University Enrollment Task Force, member, 1985-87.
LAS Positions Allocation Committee, member, 1985-86.
LAS Dean’s Search Committee, member, 1984-85.
University Contracts Committee, member, 1984.
University Senate Rules Committee, member, 1982-88.
Ad Hoc Committees to Inquire into the Fitness of a Faculty Member, chair, 1981; member, 1985.
Grievance Committee, member, 1980 (the first grievance filed under the university’s policy).
University Senate, Humanities Senator, 1978-84; Senate Secretary 1979-80; member of Agenda
(executive) Committee 1979-80.