Jeff Kasser

Associate Professor

About

  • Office Hours:

    M 1:30 - 2:30 & W 10:00 - 11:00
  • Role:

    Faculty
  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
    • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Concentration:

    • American philosophy
    • epistemology
    • philosophy of science
    • philosophy of religion
  • Department:

    • Philosophy
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999

Biography

Kasser specializes in epistemology and the history of American pragmatism, with forays into philosophy of science and philosophy of religion. He is currently working out interpretations of Charles Peirce's doubt-belief theory of inquiry and of William James's expressivist approach to epistemic norms. He has published in such journals as Erkenntnis, European Journal of Philosophy, and Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. He also wrote and delivered Philosophy of Science, a course produced for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company).

First Generation Story

I grew up in smallish towns in the Southeast and found myself continually fascinated and frustrated by the confidence folks had in opinions that they were disinclined to formulate or defend with much care. That's one way that epistemologists are made.