Philosophy Department

Peter Olen

Peter Olen

I received my Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 2012, and I'm currently a full-time faculty members at Lake-Sumter State College. My main research interests landed somewhere between the history and philosophy of science, American philosophy, and epistemology. 

Research Interests

The history and philosophy of science, American philosophy, and epistemology. 

Recent Research Activities

Books

  • Wilfrid Sellars and the Foundations of Normativity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
  • Pragmatism in Transition: Contemporary Perspectives on C. I. Lewis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Articles

  • “Consequences of Behaviorism: Sellars and de Laguna on Explanation” in Philosophy of the Social Sciences (forthcoming).
  • “Was Sellars an Error Theorist?” (co-authored with Stephen Turner) in Synthese, Vol. 163 (2016), pp.2053-2075.
  • “From Formalism to Psychology: Meta-philosophical Shifts in Wilfrid Sellars' Early Works” in HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 6, No.1 (2016), pp.24-63.
  • “The Realist Challenge to Conceptual Pragmatism” in the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2015), pp.152-167.
  • “Durkheim, Sellars, and the Origins of Collective Intentionality” (co-authored with Stephen Turner) in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 23, No. 5 (2015), pp.954-975.
  • “A Forgotten Strand of Reception History: Understanding Pure Semantics” in Synthese (forthcoming).
  • “Normativity and Social Explanation” (co-authored with Stephen Turner), in Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy, Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press.
  •  “Now is that really Blasphemy? Heretical Meaning and Belief” in The Florida Philosophical Review,Vol. VIII, No. 1 (Summer 2008), pp.31-40.

Book Chapters

  • “Introduction” in Pragmatism in Transition: Contemporary Perspectives on C. I. Lewis (Fall 2017).
  • “Diverging Paths? Conceptual Pragmatism and Logical Positivism” in Pragmatism in Transition: Contemporary Perspectives on C. I. Lewis (Fall 2017).
  • “Conceptual Mapping and the Lvov-Warsaw School of Logic” in Wilfrid Sellars’ Place In Twentieth Century Philosophy (Routledge –under contract).
  • “The Varieties and Origins of Sellars’ Behaviorism” in The Lingua Franca of Thoughts: Wilfrid Sellars and the History of Philosophy (Routledge – forthcoming).

Activities

In addition to teaching and research, I also host a monthly public philosophy night at Lil' Indies in Orlando.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
21172 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web Web Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93311 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web Web Available

The point of Introduction to Philosophy is to offer a wide survey of various philosophical problems and topics in the western tradition. This will include addressing various issues in ethics, epistemology (the theory of knowledge), science, the existence of God, death, the constitution of the mind, and various approaches to life in general.

No courses found for Summer 2017.

No courses found for Spring 2017.

No courses found for Fall 2016.

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Updated: Aug 24, 2017

Philosophy Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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