Ralph Kennedy

Professor of Philosophy
Office: B307 Tribble Hall
Phone: 336-758-5747
Email: kennedy@wfu.edu

B.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1975) in philosophy, University of California, Berkeley.

Primary interests: epistemology and philosophy of mind.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, UC Berkeley, 1975. Advisor Charles Chihara.
    Dissertation: Nelson Goodman’s theory of projectibility
  • B.A. in Philosophy, UC Berkeley, 1969

Professional experience

  • Acting Chair, Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University.¬† July 2013 – June 2014
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University. July 2001 – June 2012
  • Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University. Since July 2006.
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University. July 1982 – June 2006.
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University. August 1976 – June 1982.
  • Instructor in Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley. Spring 1976.

Publications

  • “Intuitionism and Perceptual Representation” in Jill Hernandez (ed.) The New Intuitionism, Fall 2011, Continuum. Pre-publication version available here: Intuitionism and Perceptual Representation.
  • “Extreme Self-Denial” (with George Graham). In A Cartography of Mind, edited by M. De Caro, F. Ferretti, and M. Marrafa (Kluwer 2007). Pre-publication version available here: ESD
  • Review (with George Graham) of Thomas Metzinger’s Being No One: the Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity (Mind, vol. 113, no. 450, April 2004)
  • Eight entries in the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, R. Audi, ed., Cambridge University Press (1995, 2nd edition 1999): “Dutch book,” “Dutch book argument,” “Dutch book theorem,” “enantiamorphs,” “gambler’s fallacy,” “homomorphism,” “problem of the speckled hen,” “self-presenting.”
  • “Professor Chisholm and the Problem of the Speckled Hen,” Journal of Philosophical Research, vol. 18 (1993)
  • “How Not to Derive ‘Is’ from ‘Could Be': Professor Rowe on the Ontological Argument,” Philosophical Studies, vol. 55 (March 1989)
  • “Salmon versus Kripke on the a priori,” Analysis, vol 47, no. 3 (June 1987)
  • “Lemmon on Logical Relations,” Analysis, vol. 45, no. 2 (March 1985)
  • “Professor Aune on Epistemic Justification,” Philosophical Studies, vol. 40 (1981)
  • “The Dutch Book Argument: Its Logical Flaws, its Subjective Sources,” Philosophical Studies, vol. 36 (July 1979). With Charles Chihara.
  • “Beyond Zabludowskian Competitors: A New Theory of Projectibility,” Philosophical Studies, vol. 33, no. 3 (April 1978). With Charles Chihara.
  • “On the Projection of Novel Predicates,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 4 (Winter 1977)
  • “On the Principle of Wanton Embedding,” The Journal of Philosophy, vol. 74, no. 9 (September 1977). With Charles Chihara.
  • “An Improvement on Zabludowski’s Critique of Goodman’s Theory of Projection,” The Journal of Philosophy, vol. 72, no. 5 (March 1975). With Charles Chihara.

Papers in progress

  • “To Be is to Be Possibly Otherwise” (with Michaelis Michael, University of New South Wales)
  • “Nihilism about the self”
  • “Ordinary objects”

Presentations (incomplete)

  • “Immediate Justification and perceptual belief.” Breckenridge conference, UT San Antonio, February 2009
  • “To Be is to Be Possibly Otherwise” (extensively revised), written with Michaelis Michael, read by Kennedy at the annual meeting of the Australasian Association for Philosophy in Sydney, July 2005.
  • “Objects,” (with Michaelis Michael), read by Michael at the University of New England, in Armidale, New South Wales, April 2005.
  • “Extreme Self-Denial,” (with George Graham.) Presented by Graham May 14, 2004, at conference on philosophical issues in the biomedical sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • “To Be is to Be Possibly Otherwise,” written with Michaelis Michael, read at Davidson College and at Wake Forest, Fall 2001.
  • “Determinacy, Certainty and the Self-Presenting,” read at the Intermountain Philosophical Society, November 9, 1991, Winston-Salem, NC
  • “The Problem of the Speckled Hen,” read at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 23, 1991, Queen’s College, Charlotte, NC
  • “Terrence Parsons on Entities without Identity,” American Philosophical Association, Western Division Meeting, Chicago, April 25-27, 1985
  • “Lemmon on Logical Relations,” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, New Orleans, April 4-6, 1985
  • “Recent Work on Identity,” Department of Philosophy, University of Arkansas, March 13, 1984
  • “Professor Aune on Epistemic Justification,” Annual Colloquium in Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, April 1980

Other professional activity (incomplete)

  • Member, American Philosophical Association Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement. Term: July 2011-June2013
  • NEH Summer Seminar, “Mind and Metaphysics,” directed by John Heil, Washington University, Summer 2006
  • Local arrangements for annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Wake Forest University. June 2005
  • Organized conference “Being an Animal” at Wake Forest featuring Sally Boysen, Colin Allen, Hugh LaFollette and several Wake Forest faculty members. April 2004
  • President of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, 1999-2001
  • Secretary/treasurer of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, 1997-1999
  • “Web-master” for the North Carolina Philosophical Society, 1997 – 2007
  • Organized (with Allin Cottrell) workshop on consciousness, held at Wake Forest University. Participants included Owen Flanagan, Joe Levine, George Graham, Robert McCauley, as well as several Wake Forest faculty. May 1993.
  • Referee for The Journal of Philosophical Research, early 1990s
  • NEH Summer Institute, directed by Jerry Fodor, Seattle, Summer 1981
  • NEH Summer Seminar, directed by Roderick Chisholm, Providence, Summer 1978
  • Manuscript reviewing for Blackwell and other publishers, various dates

Representative courses taught

Basic problems of philosophy; logic; symbolic logic; contemporary philosophy; Wittgenstein; ethics; space and time in fact and fiction; philosophy of art; philosophy of science; philosophy of mind; epistemology; metaphysics; interdisciplinary honors; first-year seminar (co-taught with physics prof Daniel Kim-Shapiro) on philosophy and physics entitled “Truth, Reality, and Objectivity.”

University service (2000 to present)

  • Program review committee, Department of Anthropology, 2011 – 2012
  • Faculty co-chair, subcommittee on teaching evaluation, 2010 – 2011
  • Committee on Academic Planning, 2009 – 2012
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2006 – 2007
  • Faculty retreat planning committee (Lily grant), 2005 – 2006
  • Program review committee, Department of Music, 2005 – 2006
  • Chaired search (Philosophy Department), tenure-track position, 2005 – 2006
  • Chaired search (Philosophy Department), two tenure-track positions, 2003 – 2004
  • Chaired search (Philosophy Department), tenure-track position (search folded), 2002 – 2003
  • Chaired search (Philosophy Department), endowed professorship, 2001 – 2002. (Search led to appointment of first A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, George Graham, beginning January 2003.)
  • Committee on athletics (2003 – 2008)
  • Committee on information technology, 2002 – 2005. Served also on the predecessor of this committee in the 1990s.
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, July 2001 – June 2012
  • Major/minor advising, Department of Philosophy, 2000 – present
  • Curriculum committee, 2001 – 2012
  • Committee on nominations, 2000 – 2003
  • Program review committee, Department of Economics, 2000 – 2001

University service (prior to 2000 — incomplete)

  • Committee on academic planning
  • Committee on admissions
  • Joint admissions committee
  • Faculty adviser, student judicial board
  • Lower-division advising, from mid 1970s through spring 2001

For full list please see CV.

  • “Intuitionism and Perceptual Representation” in Jill Hernandez (ed.) The New Intuitionism, Fall 2011, Continuum. Pre-publication version available here: Intuitionism and Perceptual Representation.
  • “Extreme Self-Denial” (with George Graham). In A Cartography of Mind, edited by M. De Caro, F. Ferretti, and M. Marrafa (Kluwer 2007). Pre-publication version available here: ESD

Recent courses include:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • The Analytic Tradition (with Stavroula Glezakos)
  • Epistemology
  • Truth, Objectivity, Reality (First-year seminar with Dany Kim-Shapiro)
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Logic