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Steven Reynolds

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography: 

Steven Reynolds has been working on the idea that attributions of knowledge function as praise for acceptable testimony. He thinks this has interesting consequences for issues regarding the value of knowledge as compared to true belief, the nature of justification, the internalism/externalism controversy, skepticism, etc. In metaphysics he argues that the word "real" and variants mainly function to indicate that we are not merely reporting what is represented (elsewhere) to be so, but are reporting on or talking about the world. This has interesting consequences for the best ways to characterize the realism/antirealism issue and what anti-realism ought to be. In philosophy of perception he has argued for an intentionalist response to the argument from illusion and also has proposed an account of perceptual justification as involving knowing how.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California-Los Angeles 1988
  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Chicago 1980
Research Interests: 

Epistemology, including the nature of knowledge and justification. Skepticism. Philosophical realisms and the meaning of the word 'real'. 

 

 

Publications: 
  • Steven L. Reynolds, Knowledge as Acceptable Testimony. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017
  • Steven L. Reynolds. "Effective Skeptical Hypotheses". Theoria (2013).
  • Steven L. Reynolds. Doxastic Voluntarism and the Function of Epistemic Evaluations. Erkenntnis (2011).
  • Steven L. Reynolds. Justification as the Appearance of Knowledge. Philosophical Studies (2011).
  • Steven L. Reynolds. Making Up the Truth. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2009).
  • Steven L. Reynolds. "Why We Should Prefer Knowledge". Midwest Studies in Philosophy (2008).
  • Steven L. Reynolds. Knowing How to Believe with Justification. Epistemology: An Anthology (2007).
  • Steven Reynolds. Realism and the Meaning of Real. Nous (2006).
  • Steven Reynolds. The Model Theoretic Argument, Indirect Realism, and the Causal Theory of Reference Objection. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2003).
  • Steven Reynolds. Testimony, Knowledge & Epistemic Goals. Philosophical Studies (2002).
  • Steven Reynolds. The Argument from Illusion. Nous (2000).
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 330Theory of Knowledge
PHI 401Rationalism
PHI 499Individualized Instruction
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 330Theory of Knowledge
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 560Topics in Epistemology
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 402Empiricism
PHI 493Honors Thesis
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 332Metaphysics
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 492Honors Directed Study
PHI 493Honors Thesis
PHI 560Topics in Epistemology
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 330Theory of Knowledge
PHI 401Rationalism
PHI 492Honors Directed Study
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 332Metaphysics
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 560Topics in Epistemology
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 330Theory of Knowledge
PHI 401Rationalism
PHI 590Reading and Conference
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 332Metaphysics
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 560Topics in Epistemology
PHI 792Research
Presentations: 
  • Steven L. Reynolds. "Justification as the Appearance of Knowledge". American Philosophical Association Pacific Div. Annual Meeting (Apr 2010).
  • Steven L. Reynolds. Making Up the Truth. ASU Philosophy Colloquium (Apr 2009).
  • Steven L. Reynolds. "Why We Should Prefer Knowledge". APA Eastern Division (Dec 2008).
  • Reynolds, Steven. Against the Goal of True Belief. American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meetings (Dec 2007).
  • Reynolds, Steven. Comment on "Empiricism and the Vehicles of Thought". APA Pacific Division 2007 (Apr 2007).
  • Reynolds, Steven. Issues in the Development of Theories. Pacific APA Meetings (Mar 2004).
  • Reynolds, Steven. An Interpretationist Argument Against the Brentano Thesis. ASU Philosophy Colloquium (Nov 2001).
  • Reynolds, Steven. Good Skeptical Hypotheses. Society for Skeptical Studies
Service: 
  • Mind, Referee (2014 - Present)
  • Philosophical Studies, Article referee (2014 - Present)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, member (2013 - Present)
  • Nous, Referee (2013 - Present)
  • Oxford University Press, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Nous, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Synthese, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Philosophy Faculty SHPRS Performance Review committee, committee member (2011 - Present)
  • Philosophy Faculty SHPRS graduate committee, committee member (2011 - Present)
  • SHPRS Philosophy Faculty Graduate Committee, Member (2011 - Present)
  • SHPRS Philosophy Faculty Performance Review Committee, Member (2011 - Present)
  • Nous, referee (2011 - Present)
  • SHPRS Philosophy Faculty M&E Search Committee, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • SHPRS Philosophy Faculty Graduate Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Synthese, Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Synthese, Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Synthese, Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Referee (2004 - Present)
  • Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Referee (2004 - Present)
  • Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Referee (2004 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Faculty sponsor, discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Faculty sponsor, discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Faculty sponsor, discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Friends of Philosophy Discussion group, Discussion leader (2003 - Present)
  • Philosophical Studies, Referee (1994 - Present)
  • Philosophical Studies, Referee (1994 - Present)
  • Philosophical Studies, Referee (1994 - Present)
  • Philosophical Studies, Referee (1994 - Present)
  • Philosophical Studies, Referee (1994 - Present)
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Referee (1992 - Present)
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Referee (1992 - Present)
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Referee (1992 - Present)
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Referee (1992 - Present)
  • NOUS (philosophy journal), Referee (1990 - Present)
  • NOUS (philosophy journal), Referee (1990 - Present)
  • NOUS (philosophy journal), Referee (1990 - Present)
  • Nous, Referee (1990 - Present)
  • Senate CLAS, Senator (2014 - 2017)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, member (2013 - 2016)
  • CLAS Curriculum Committee, Member (2011 - 2014)
  • SHPRS, Interim faculty head, Philosophy (2014 - 2014)
  • CLAS curriculum committee, committee member (2011 - 2014)
  • SHPRS search committee for assistant professor in metaphysics/epistemology, Committee chair (2012 - 2013)
  • SHPRS Philosophy Faculty Performance Review Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Committee of review, Member (2006 - 2009)
  • Placement officer (2007 - 2008)
  • Philosophy Department Performance Review committee, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Philosophy Department, Placement officer (2006 - 2007)
  • American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Nominating Committee, Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • Search Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • CLAS committee of review, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Advisory Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Performance Review, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Septennial Review Committee, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Search committee, Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • Philosophical Studies, Referee (2004)
  • Philosophy Department, ASU, Interim Chair (2002 - 2004)
  • Cambridge University Press, Referee (2003)
  • Oxford University Press, Referee (2003)
  • Search Committee, ASU Philosophy Department, Member (1999 - 2000)