Brown University ~ Department of Philosophy

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Joshua Schechter
Associate Professor of Philosophy
307 Corliss Brackett
Office Hours: M 3:00-5:00

Josh Schechter received his PhD from New York University in 2006. He has taught at Brown since 2005. His research ranges from epistemology, to the philosophy of logic and philosophy of mathematics, to technical issues in logic itself.

Much of his current work concerns the epistemology of the a priori—including accounts of a priori justification and explanations of our reliability about a priori matters. Additional work concerns the nature of logic and logical concepts, the nature of objectivity, and the question of when phenomena "call out" for explanation. He also works on issues in core epistemology—for instance, whether justification is internal and whether it is closed under competent deduction.

Schechter was the recipient of an NEH Summer Stipend in 2009 and held a Visiting Fellowship at New College, Oxford University, in Spring 2009.

Recent seminar topics have included the epistemology of inference, the a priori, the metaphysics and epistemology of modality, and recent work in epistemology.

Online Papers

"Could Evolution Explain Our Reliability about Logic?", Oxford Studies in Epistemology (2013) 4: 214–239. (PDF)

"Rational Self-Doubt and the Failure of Closure", Philosophical Studies (2013) 163(2): 428–452. (SpringerLink, PDF) This paper was selected for the Philosophers' Annual, volume 31.

"Juxtaposition: A New Way to Combine Logics", The Review of Symbolic Logic (2011) 4(4): 560–606. (Cambridge Journals Online, PDF)

"Weakly Classical Theories of Identity", The Review of Symbolic Logic (2011) 4(4): 607–644. (Cambridge Journals Online, PDF)

"The Reliability Challenge and the Epistemology of Logic", Philosophical Perspectives (2010) 24, Epistemology, 437–464. (Wiley Interscience, PDF)

"How are Basic Belief-Forming Methods Justified?" (with David Enoch), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2008) 76(3): 547–579. (Wiley Interscience, PDF)

"Hawthorne's Lottery Puzzle and the Nature of Belief" (with Christopher Hill), Philosophical Issues (2007) 17, The Metaphysics of Epistemology, 102–122. (Wiley Interscience, slightly expanded PDF)

"Meaning and Justification: The Case of Modus Ponens" (with David Enoch). Noûs (2006) 40(4): 687–715. (Blackwell Synergy, PDF)

"Luck, Rationality, and Explanation", expanded version of a commentary on Adam Elga's "Lucky to be Rational" delivered at the 2008 Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference. (PDF)

"Deductive Reasoning", The Encyclopedia of the Mind (2013) edited by Hal Pashler, SAGE Reference, pp. 226–230. (PDF)

"Review of Grounding Concepts by C. S. Jenkins", Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2010).