David Boersema

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David Boersema is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and the Douglas C. Strain Chair of Natural Philosophy. He has taught at Pacific University since 1985. He also teaches in the Peace and Social Justice program. He has published in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of art, philosophy of rights, and pragmatism.

 

 

 

 

Courses I Have Taught

Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics and Values
Critical Thinking
Language and Logic
Classical and Medieval Philosophy
Philosophy and the Modern World, 1500-1900
Twentieth Century Philosophy
Existentialism
Ethics, Medicine, and Health Care
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Art
American Philosophy
Human Rights
Seminar in Philosophy of Math
Seminar in Semiotics
Seminar in Philosophy of Mind
Seminar in Philosophy of Language
Seminar on Nietzsche
Seminar on Eco
Honors Course: The Meaning of Modern Physics
Honors Course: Cosmology
History of Science
Introduction to Linguistics
The Middle East
Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
Philosophical and Theological Bases of Peace
Culture and Civilization
School and Society
First-Year Seminar

Areas of Research & Specialization

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatism, Human Rights

Education

PhD in Philosophy, Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich., in 1985

Master of Arts in Philosophy, Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich., in 1978

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics, Hope College, Holland, Mich., in 1973

Professional Affiliations

American Philosophical Association

Philosophy of Science Association

History of Science Society

International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Study of Biology

History of Earth Sciences Society

Sigma Xi

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

Charles S. Peirce Society

AMINTAPHIL

Middle East Studies Association

Published Works

Books

Dimensions of Moral Agency (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014 (forthcoming)

Philosophy of Art: Aesthetic Theory and Practice, Boulder: Westview Press, 2013

Facts on File Guide to Philosophy: History of Western Philosophy (co-author, Kari Middleton), New York: Infobase Learning, 2012

Facts on File Guide to Philosophy: Knowledge, Logic, and Science (co-author, Kari Middleton), New York: Infobase Learning, 2012

Facts on File Guide to Philosophy: Reality, Religion, and Mind (co-author, Kari Middleton), New York: Infobase Learning, 2012

Facts on File Guide to Philosophy: Values and the Good Life (co-author, Kari Middleton), New York: Infobase Learning, 2012

Philosophy of Human Rights: Theory and Practice, Boulder: Westview Press, 2011

Pragmatism and Reference, Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2009

Philosophy of Science, New York: Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2008

Spiritual and Political Dimensions of Nonviolence and Peace, co-editor with Katy Gray Brown, New York: Rodopi, 2006

Articles

"Special Rights" In Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Ed. Dean Chatterjee and Reece Newman, Springer, 2011. Pages 1032-1033

"Retributive Justice" In Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Ed. Dean Chatterjee and Reece Newman, Springer, 2011. Pages 952-954

"Legal Rights" In Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Ed. Dean Chatterjee and Reece Newman, Springer, 2011. Pages 640-642

"OPEC" In Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Ed. Dean Chatterjee and Reece Newman, Springer, 2011. Pages 785-786

"Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam" In Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Ed. Dean Chatterjee and Reece Newman, Springer, 2011. Pages 99-100

"Aesthetic Reference" CommonKnowledge 2010. (http://commons.pacificu.edu/casfac/49)

“Aristotle” In World History Encyclopedia. Ed. Kevin McGeough, ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2010. Pages 560-562

“Socrates” In World History Encyclopedia. Ed. Kevin McGeough, ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2010. Pages 557-558

“Middle East and North America” In The Nineties in America. Ed. Milton Berman. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010. Pages 568-571

“What’s Wrong with Victims’ Rights?” In Remembrance and Reconciliation. Eds. Dennis   Rothermel and Ron Hirschbein. Rodopi Publishers, 2010. Pages 71-79

“Geach on Proper Names” In The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy: Volume 6, Epistemology. Eds. Stephen Voss and Dermot Moran. Ankara: Philosophical Society of Turkey, 2008. Pages 37-42

“Ramsey Sentence” In American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. Eds. John Lachs and Robert Talisse. New York: Routledge, 2008. Page 645

“Metaphysics” In American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. Eds. John Lachs and Robert Talisse. New York: Routledge, 2008. Pages 503-506

“Inference” In American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. Eds. John Lachs and Robert Talisse. New York: Routledge, 2008. Pages 394-395

“Logic: Deduction” In American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. Eds. John Lachs and Robert Talisse. New York: Routledge, 2008. Pages 471-472

“Epistemology” In American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. Eds. John Lachs and Robert Talisse. New York: Routledge, 2008. Pages 239-242

“Readers vs. Breeders” The Pantaneto Forum October 2007

“Taking Compromise Seriously” In Spiritual and Political Dimensions of Nonviolence and Peace. Eds. David Boersema and Katy Gray Brown. New York: Rodopi, 2006. Pages 161-167

“Moral Explanation” Bridges 13 (2006): 1-29

“Eco on Names and Reference” Contemporary Pragmatism 2 (2005): 167-184

“The Phenomenon of Evidence” The Pantaneto Forum January 2005

“Mind, Metaphysics, and the Unity of Science” Behavioral & Brain Sciences 27 (2004): 627-628

“Victims’ Rights” In Ethics, Revised Edition. Ed. John K. Roth. Salem Press, 2005. Pages 1547-9

 “Peirce and Sartre on Consciousness and the Ego” Philosophy Now #43 (Oct/Nov 2003): 12-15

“American Philosophy” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, April 2004

“Human Rights” in Global Studies Encyclopedia, Moscow: Raduga Press, 2003. Pages 240-245

“Metaphysics” in Global Studies Encyclopedia, Moscow: Raduga Press, 2003. Pages 342-346

“Peirce on Explanation” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17 (2003): 224-236

“Peirce on Names and Reference” Transactions of the Charles S.Peirce Society 37 (2002): 351- 362

 “The Internet, Epistemology and Ontology” in Journal of Education, Community, and Values, Vol. 2, #8 (August 2002)

 “Introduction” in Essays in Philosophy v. 3 #2 (June 2002)

“Wittgenstein on Names” in Essays in Philosophy v. 1, #2 (June 2000)

“Donald Davidson” in World Philosophers and Their Works, ed. by John K. Roth, Salem Press, 2000. Pages 435-441

“Saul Kripke” in World Philosophers and Their Works, ed. by John K. Roth, Salem Press, 2000. Pages 1025-1031

“Thomas Kuhn” in American National Biography, ed. by John Garraty, Oxford University Press, 1999 (on-line, no page numbers)

“Alonzo Church” in American National Biography, ed. by John Garraty, Oxford University Press, 1999.  Pages 863-864

“Inductivism, Naturalism, and Metascientific Theories” In The Philosophy of Science: Proceedings of the IPS Spring Conference, 1997, ed. by Thomas A. F. Kelly, Irish Philosophical Society (pub.), 1998.  Pages 55-73

“The Use of Real and Imaginary Cases in Communicating the Nature of Science” In The Nature of Science in Science Education: Rationales and Strategies, ed. by W. McComas, Kluwer Publishing Co., 1998. Pages 255-266. (Updated version forthcoming in 2nd edition of this book, 2006)

“Pragmatism, Rights, Community” Contemporary Philosophy 19 (1997): 3-8

“Mass Extinctions and the Teaching of Philosophy of Science” Teaching Philosophy 19 (1996): 263-274

“Rights and Moral Compromise” Contemporary Philosophy 17(1995): 2-5 (Reprinted in Law, Justice, and Culture, ed. by P. Koller and A-J. Arnaud. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1998. Pages 24-29)

“What's Wrong With Rights?” In Law, Justice and the State. Aleksander Peczenik & Mikael M. Karlsson (eds.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1995. Pages 149-155

“Nemesis and Theory Evaluation” Methodology & Science 27 (1994): 209-220

“Is the Descriptivist/Cluster Theory of Reference ‘Wrong From the Fundamentals’?” Philosophy Research Archives 14(1988/89): 517-538

“The Irrelevance of the Realism/Nonrealism Debate” Methodology & Science 21(1988): 88-96

Essay review of R.J. Ackermann's "Data, Instruments, and Theory," Methodology & Science 20 (1987): 63-70

“Social Control in a Second Grade Classroom” In Toward a Theory of Teachers' Practical Ways of Seeing and Making Sense, Frederick Erickson, et al.  Pages 1-62.  Institute for Research on Teaching, 1986

“Epistemological Commitments of Information Theory” Methodology & Science 18 (1985): 1-11

“Teacher Determination of Student Identity” In Toward a Theory of Student Status as Socially Constructed. Frederick Erickson, et al. Pages 9-17. Institute for Research on Teaching, Occasional Paper No. 88, 1985

“Peirce on Man as Language” Kinesis 13 (1984): 65-76

Reviews

Review of F. Elders's "Philosophers: Debates and Dialogues," Teaching Philosophy vol. 36:4 (2013): 417-420

Review of R. Talisse and S. Aiken’s "The Pragmatism Reader," Essays in Philosophy vol 12 #2  2011

Review of E.J. Lowe's "More Kinds of Being: A Further Study of the Individuation, Identity, and the Logic of Sortal Terms," Review of Metaphysics LXIV (2010): 151-152

Review of C. Crittenden's "Language, Reality, and Mind: A Defense of Everyday Thought," Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Dec. 2009

Review of M. Sullivan's "Legal Pragmatism: Community, Rights, and Democracy," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter #108 (Nov. 2009): 49-51

Review of M. Hussain and R. Wilkinson’s "The Pursuit of Comparative Aesthetics," Essays in Philosophy vol 9 #2 2008

Review of B. Moran’s "Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution," Bridges 14 (2008): 361-365

Review of A. Dershowitz’s "Rights from Wrongs," Essays in Philosophy vol. 8 #2 2007

Review of S. Haack’s "Pragmatism: Old and New," Essays in Philosophy vol. 8 #1 2007

Review of S. Soames’s "Reference and Description," Bridges 13 (2006): 184-189

Review of J.S. Robert’s "Embryology, Epigenesis, and Evolution," Essays in Philosophy vol. 7 #1 2006

Review of M. Weber’s "Philosophy of Experimental Biology," Essays in Philosophy vol. 7 #1 2006

Review of P. C. Bube and J. Geller’s (eds.) "Conversations with Pragmatism: A Multi-Disciplinary Study," Contemporary Pragmatism 1 (2004): 179-182

Review of Blackwell "Guide to American Philosophy," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter #99 (October 2004): 21-28

Review of T. Kuhn’s "The Road Since Structure," Essays in Philosophy vol. 5, #2, June 2004

Review of J. Habermas’s "The Liberating Power of Symbols," Essays in Philosophy vol. 5, #1, January 2004

Review of J. Habermas’s "The Postnational Constellation," Essays in Philosophy vol. 5, #1, January 2004

Review of J. Conant and U. Zeglen’s (eds.) "Hilary Putnam," Essays in Philosophy v. 4, no. 1, January 2003

Review of S. Shapiro's "Thinking About Mathematics," Teaching Philosophy, 25, No. 3 (2002): 261-265

Review of J. Brown's "Philosophy of Mathematics," Teaching Philosophy, 25, No. 3 (2002): 261-265

Review of K. Baynes' "After Philosophy: End or Transformation?" Interface: The Journal of Education, Community, and Values 2, No. 8 (2002)

Review of M. Friedman's "Reconsidering Logical Positivism," Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2002

Review of J. Garcia's "Metaphysics and Its Task," Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2001

Review of L. Filius's "The Problemata Physica Attributed to Aristotle," Biblioteca Orientalis Vol. LVII, No. 5/6 (2000): 745-747

Review of B. Singer's "Pragmatism, Rights, and Democracy," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter, June 2000: 27-29

Review of K. Sterelny & P. Griffiths's "Sex and Death: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology," Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2000

Review of D. Hull & M. Ruse's "The Philosophy of Biology," Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2000

Review of R. Kearney & M. Rainwater's "The Continental Philosophy Reader," Teaching Philosophy 20 (1997): 193-196

Review of W. V. Quine's "Selected Logic Papers and From Stimulus to Science," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter October 1996: 9-10

Review of Jostein Gaarder's "Sophie's World," Teaching Philosophy 19 (1996): 83-84

Review of Toby Huff's "The Rise of Early Modern Science," Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 29 (1995): 243-244

Review of David Lightfoot's "The Language Lottery," American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy June (1988): 17

Review of Anthony Gilles's "The Evolution of Philosophy," American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy June (1988): 18

Review of D. VanDeVeer and T. Regan's "Health Care Ethics: An Introduction," American Journal of Occupational Therapy 42 (1988) #1: 62

Review of C. Hookway's "Peirce," Teaching Philosophy 9 (1986): 372-373

Review of I. Hacking’s "Representing and Intervening," Teaching Philosophy 8 (1985): 177-178

Other Professional Work

Former executive director for Concerned Philosophers for Peace

General editor for Essays in Philosophy

General editor for Res Cogitans

Book Review editor for Teaching Philosophy

Area editor of American Philosophy for Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Editorial board for International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies

Office Location: 
Drake House 107 (Forest Grove)