Jonathan Vertanen

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Philosophy

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Edward Pols House - 106

Teaching this semester

PHIL 2112. Modern Philosophy

A survey of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European philosophy, focusing on discussions of the ultimate nature of reality and our knowledge of it. Topics include the nature of the mind and its relation to the body, the existence of God, and the free will problem. Readings from Descartes, Hume, Locke, Kant, and others.

PHIL 2430. Epistemology

What is knowledge, and how do we get it? What justifies us in believing certain claims to be true? Does knowing something ever involve a piece of luck? Is it possible that we lack knowledge of the external world altogether? An introduction to the theory of knowledge, focusing on contemporary issues. Considers various conceptions of what it takes to have knowledge against the background of the skeptical challenge, as well as topics such as self- knowledge and the problem of induction.


  • B.A. (Taylor)
  • M.A. (Missouri)
  • M.A., Ph.D. (Yale)