Erik Anderson
NEH Distinguished Chair of Humanities
Sycamore Cottage 206B
eanderso@drew.edu
973-408-3871

Education: B.A., M.A., Ph. D., University of Colorado

Courses: College Seminar (Personal Identity and Immortality), Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Problems of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Environmental Aesthetics.

Publications

1994    “Kant, Natural Kind Terms, and Scientific Essentialism,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 11, 355-73.

1996    “Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” Victorian Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science Preprint Series, Latrobe University.

1997    “Dispositional Essentialism: Alive and Well,” Philosophical Papers 26, 195-201.

2005    “How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” Synthese, vol. 144, p. 373-379.

2008    “Philosophical Essentialism Meets Scientific Essentialism,” Contemporary Philosophy, vol. XXIX, 2008.

2008    “Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom,” Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy, 15: 13-20, 2008. 

2010     “Sailing the Seas of Cheese,” Contemporary Aesthetics, volume 8, 2010.

2010     “Ethics Commands, Aesthetics Demands: Environmental Aesthetics for Environmental Justice in Newark,” Environmental Philosophy, volume 7, No. 2,  p. 115-133.

2011     “Freedom for Scientific Essentialists,” Contemporary Philosophy, (forthcoming).

2012      “Nature, Aesthetics and Cognition,” Contemporary Philosophy, (forthcoming).

Presentations

“Two Arguments for Scientific Essentialism (and Where They Fail),” presented at Monash University Colloquium Series, Monash Univerisity, Melbourne, Australia, September 18, 1994.

“Some Business About Laws,” Monash University Colloquim Series, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, April 28, 1995.

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” presented at LaTrobe University Colloquium Series, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, June 14, 1995.

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Armidale, NSW, Australia, July 6, 1995.

“Inference to the Best Explanation and the Essentialist Theory of Laws,” Colloquium Series, Monash University, Melbourne Australia, June 26, 1998.

“Inference to the Best Explanation and the Essentialist Theory of Laws,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1998.

“Strong Theories of Laws: The Current Debate, and Who’s Winning,” at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, July 10, 1999.

“Strong Theories of Laws: The Current Debate, and Who’s Winning,” at William and Paterson University Department of Philosophy Spring Colloquium Series, February 23, 2000.

“How General Is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” Australasian Association of Philosophy annual Conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, July 9, 2002.

“How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” Dispositions and Laws of Nature, Conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Philosophy, February 7-9, 2003

“How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, Digby, Nova Scotia, August 18-23, 2003.

“How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” New Jersey Regional Association of Philosophy Conference, Felician College, Lodi, NJ, October, 2003.

“Armstrong and the Eleatic Principle,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia, July 8-13, 2005.

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” New Jersey Regional Association of Philosophy Conference, Felician College, Lodi, NJ, November 12, 2005

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” Athens Institute for Education and Research Annual Philosophy Conference, Athens, Greece, June 1-3, 2006

“Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom,” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, Ithaca, NY, July 30, 2007.

“Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom,” New Jersey Regional Association of Philosophy, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, November 3, 2007.

“Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom”, XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, Korea, July 31, 2008.

“Sailing the Seas of Cheese,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, July 7, 2009.

“Freedom for Scientific Essentialists,” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, July 18, 2010.

“Nature, Aesthetics, and Cognition,” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, August 1, 2011

“Nature, Aesthetics, and Cognition,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, July 3, 2012.