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Dustin Locke

Philosophy Department • Claremont McKenna College • 850 Columbia Ave • Claremont, CA 91711

909.607.3358 (office)  734.358.5730 (cell)


Associate Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, 2015-present

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, 2009-2015

  • PhD  University of Michigan, Philosophy, June 2009

    Quidditism. My dissertation defends the thesis that a property’s role in nature is only contingently realized by that property and examines the epistemic consequences of this thesis.

    Committee: Jim Joyce (Chair), Allan Gibbard, Andy Egan

  • BA     Texas Tech University, Philosophy and English (summa cum laude), Dec 2002; also attended University of North Texas,      1999 – 2000, University of New Mexico, 1998 – 99
  • Specializations:   Epistemology, Metaphysics

  • Competencies:    Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • “Implicature and Non-Local Pragmatic Encroachment”, Forthcoming in Synthese.

  • “Knowledge, Explanation, and Motivating Reasons”. 2015. American Philosophical Quarterly 52: 215 – 232.

  • “Knowledge Norms and Assessing them Well”. 2014. Thought 3: 80 – 89.

  • “Practical Certainty”. Forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

  • "The Decision-Theoretic Lockean Thesis”. Forthcoming in Inquiry.

  • Review of Kieran Setiya’s Knowing Right from Wrong. 2014. Ethics 124: 649 – 656

  • “Quidditism without Quiddities”. 2012. Philosophical Studies 160: 345 – 363

Publications in Peer-Edited Volumes
  • “The Epistemic Significance of Moral Disagreement” Forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics, David Plunkett and Tristram McPherson (eds.)

  • “Darwinian Normative Skepticism”. Forthcoming in an untitled volume edited by Michael Bergmann. Accepted for publication September 2011.

  • “A Partial Defense of Ramseyan Humility”. 2009. Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism, David Braddon-Mitchell and Robert Nola, eds. MIT Press. Pp. 223 – 241
  • “Thought Experiments and the Significance of Moral Psychology to Moral Philosophy”, Southern Methodist University, January 2016

  • “The Epistemic Significance of Moral Disagreement”, CLAP workshop, Austin TX, January 2016

  • “In Defense of Trolleyology”, University of Texas at San Antonia, December 2015

  • “The Pragmatic Sensitivity of Knowledge Attributions”, Society for Exact Philosophy, Cal Tech, June 2014

  • “Knowledge, Belief, and Pragmatic Sensitivity”, Pacific APA, April 2014

  • “Practical Certainty”, SUNY Fredonia, April 2013

  • “Knowledge, Explanation, and Motivating Reasons”, Georgetown University Philosophy Conference: Reasons and Reasoning, April 2013

  • “Practical Certainty”, California State University San Bernardino, Nov 2012

  • “Darwinian Normative Skepticism”, Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief Conference, Purdue University, Sept 2012

  • “It’s Still Not What You Know that Counts”, Pacific APA, April 2012

  • “Darwinian Normative Skepticism”, Purdue Seminar on Knowing in Religion and Morality, June 2011

  • “Knowledge-free Decision Theory’, Pacific APA, April 2011

  • “Quidditism without Quiddities”, Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, and Analytic, July 2010

  • “The Practical Significance of Skepticism”, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 2010

  • “Ramsification and Useless Knowledge-which”, Society for Exact Philosophy, Laramie, Wyoming, May 2008

  • “Quidditism and Knowledge-which”, University of Texas Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, April 2008

  • “A Partial Defense of Ramseyan Humility”, Southeast Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Florida, March 2007

  • “A Partial Defense of Ramseyan Humility”, NYU/Columbia Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, NYU, March 2007

Awards, Honors, and Scholarships
  • Dean of Faculty Research Grant, 2010
    Summer research funds for travel to Prague to present “Quidditism without Quiddities” at the conference “Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, and Analytic”

  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2008 – 09
    A one year fellowship awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates from across disciplines at The University of Michigan.

  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, Summer 2008
    Financial support for visiting The Australian National University and The University of Sydney

  • Charles L. Stevenson Prize, 2007
    Awarded by the Philosophy Department at The University of Michigan for best candidacy dossier submitted during the calendar year 2006

  • College of Arts and Sciences Merit Scholarship, 2002
    Awarded to outstanding arts and sciences students at Texas Tech University

  • Claude V. Bridges Memorial Scholarship, 2002
    Awarded to outstanding philosophy students at Texas Tech University

  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, 2001
    English honor society at Texas Tech University

  • Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society, 2000
    Philosophy honor society at Texas Tech University

Service (faculty)
  • Program Committee, Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Society, 2016 – 2018
  • Administration Committee, CMC, 2014/2015
  • Department WASC evaluation committee, CMC, 2013/2014
  • Department Website Supervisor, CMC, 2013/2014
  • Department Student Activities Supervisor, CMC, 2013/2014
  • Student Recruitment Committee, CMC, 2013/2014
  • Department Promotional Video Producer, CMC, 2013
  • College Judiciary Board, CMC, 2010/2011, 2011/2012
  • Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee, CMC, 2010/2011
  • Department Representative for Prospective Students, CMC, Fall 2009, Fall 2010
  • Department Representative for Incoming Students, CMC, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
  • Colloquium Committee Chair, Pacific APA, Spring 2010
  • Colloquium Commentator, Central APA, Winter 2011
Service (graduate student)
  • Graduate student representative to the Department Executive Committee, Fall 2008
  • Mentor for first-time graduate student instructors, 2006-07
Teaching Experience (faculty)
  • Advanced Seminar: Theism, Naturalism, and Morality, CMC, Spring 2014
  • Reasons and Reality, Fall 2013 (two sections), Fall 2014
  • Theism, Naturalism, and Morality, CMC, Fall 2011
  • Belief, Justification, and Religion, CMC, Spring 2011, Spring 2013
  • Theism, Naturalism, and Morality (FHS), CMC, Fall 2010
  • Honors Philosophical Questions, CMC, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
  • Language and Reality, CMC, Spring 2010
  • Philosophical Questions, CMC, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013
  • Skepticism, CMC, Fall 2009, Spring 2012
Teaching Experience (graduate student)
  • Primary Instructor
    • Problems of Philosophy, Summer 2009
    • Problems of Religion, Summer 2007 (single class of 50 students)
    • Introduction to Logic, Winter 2007
  • Section Leader
    • Philosophy of Science, w/ Laura Ruetche, Winter 2009
    • Philosophy of Science, w/ Carl Hoefer, Winter 2008
    • Philosophy of Religion, w/ Ed Curley, Fall 2006
    • History of 17th and 18th Century Philosophy, w/ Louis Loeb, Winter 2006
    • Introduction to Philosophy, w/ Louis Loeb, Fall 2005
    • Introduction to Philosophy, w/ Jim Joyce, Winter 2005
    • Introduction to Philosophy, w/ James Woodbridge, Fall 2004
  • Grader
    • Introduction to Logic, w/ Rich Thomason, Winter 2007
  • Writing Tutor
    • University Writing Center, Texas Tech University, 2002
  • Substitute Teacher
    • Lubbock Independent School District, K-12, 2001 – 02
Graduate Coursework
  • Epistemology
    • Candidacy Reading Course on Quiddistic Skepticism, Jim Joyce
    • Seminar on the Semantics-Epistemics Interface, Thony Gillies
    • Seminar on Foundations of Statistical Inference, Jim Joyce, Michael Woodruff
    • (Statistics)
    • *Analyses of Knowledge, Jason Stanley
  • Metaphysics/Philosophy of Science
    • Seminar on the Metaphysics of Modality, Boris Kment
    • Philosophy of Mind, Peter Ludlow
    • Physics and Chance, Larry Sklar
    • *Seminar on the Nature and Scope of Scientific Theories, Larry Sklar
    • *Space and Time, Larry Sklar
    • *Seminar on Probability, Carl Hoefer (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Language
    • Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein, Ian Proops
    • Proseminar on 20th Century Analytic Philosophy, Peter Railton, Jason Stanley
    • *Seminar on Relative Truth, Andy Egan
    • *Seminar on Meaning as Normative, Allan Gibbard
    • *Seminar on Semantics, Peter Ludlow
    • *Seminar on Descriptivism, David Braddon-Mitchell (University of Sydney)
  • Logic
    • Mathematical Logic, Larry Sklar
    • *Modal Logic, Richmond Thomason
  • Ethics/Meta-ethics
    • Seminar on Recent work in Meta-ethics, David Velleman
    • *Seminar on Ethics and Evolutionary Psychology, Allan Gibbard, Peter Railton, Chandra Sripada (Psychiatry)
  • History
    • Aristotle’s Ethics and Metaphysics, Rachana Kamtekar
    • Hume’s Metaphysics and Epistemology, Louis Loeb
    • *Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Ian Proops
    • *Seminar on Dewey’s Ethics and Political Philosophy, Elizabeth Anderson
  • * indicates audit