Kenneth Pearce
Ussher Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Biography

Kenneth Pearce was born in Palouse, Washington, USA. He received his BA in philosophy and classical studies and BAS in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Southern California in 2014. Pearce arrived at Trinity College in the fall of 2016.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kenneth L. Pearce, Berkeley on Unperceived Objects and the Publicity of Language, History of Philosophy Quarterly, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Tyron Goldschmidt and Kenneth L. Pearce, Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017 Book, 2017

Kenneth L. Pearce, Foundational Grounding and the Argument from Contingency, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

Kenneth L. Pearce, How Berkeley's Gardener Knows his Cherry Tree, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Kenneth L. Pearce, Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017 Book, 2017

Berkeley's Philosophy of Religion in, editor(s)Richard Brook and Bertil Belfrage , The Bloomsbury Companion to Berkeley, London, Bloomsbury, 2017, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Kenneth L. Pearce, Counterpossible Dependence and the Efficacy of the Divine Will, Faith and Philosophy, 34, (1), 2017, p3 - 16 Journal Article, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Pearce Kenneth L., Leibniz and the veridicality of body perceptions, Philosophers Imprint, 16, (5), 2016, p1-17 Journal Article, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text

Kenneth L. Pearce, Arnauld's Verbal Distinction between Ideas and Perceptions, History and Philosophy of Logic, 37, (4), 2016, p375 - 390 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL URL TARA - Full Text

Pearce Kenneth .L., Counteressential Conditionals, Thought, 5, (1), 2016, p73-81 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Berkeley's Lockean Religious Epistemology, Journal of the History of Ideas, 75, (3), 2014, p417 - 438 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI URL URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Understanding Omnipotence, Religious Studies, 48, (3), 2012, p403 - 414 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI URL URL URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Thomas Reid on Character and Freedom, History of Philosophy Quarterly, 29, (2), 2012, p159 - 176 Journal Article, 2012 URL TARA - Full Text URL

Omnipotence, James Fieser and Bradley Dowden, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2011, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2011 URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, The Semantics of Sense Perception in Berkeley, Religious Studies, 4, (3), 2008, p249 - 268 Journal Article, 2008 URL DOI

Infinite Power and Finite Powers in, editor(s)Benedikt Paul Goecke and Christian Tapp , The Infinity of God: Scientific, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives, Notre Dame, IN, Notre Dame University Press, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, URL TARA - Full Text

Mereological Idealism in, editor(s)Tyron Goldschmidt and Kenneth L. Pearce , Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, URL TARA - Full Text

Matter, God, and Nonsense: Berkeley's Polemic Against the Freethinkers in the Three Dialogues in, editor(s)Stefan Storrie , Berkeley's Three Dialogues: New Essays, Oxford, Oxford University Press, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, TARA - Full Text URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kenneth L. Pearce, 'Deism', The Special Divine Action Project, Oxford, Bodleian Library, 2017, - Digital research resource production, 2017 URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Review of The Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles, by Alexander George , Journal of the History of Philosophy, 54, (4), 2016, p680-681 Review, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Port-Royal, Tim Crane, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online, Routledge, 2015, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2015 DOI URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Review of The Puzzle of Existence: Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?, by Tyron Goldschmidt , Faith and Philosophy, 31, (3), 2014, p341-344 Review, 2014 URL TARA - Full Text URL DOI

Research Expertise

Description

Pearce's historical work focuses on issues at the intersection between metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of science in 17th and 18th century European philosophy. A central question that he sees tying these areas together for many thinkers in the period is the nature of mental and linguistic representation: how do we manage to think and talk about minds, external objects, God, or the theoretical posits of physics? He is particularly interested in Berkeley, Arnauld, and Leibniz and has also published on metaphysical issues in analytic philosophy of religion.

Keywords

George Berkeley; History of Philosophy; Philosophy of religion

Recognition

Representations

Reader for Oxford University Press 2016 and 2017

Referee for History of Philosophy Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Erkenntnis, Sophia, Berkeley Studies, Dialectica, Society and Politics, Journal of Polish Philosophy, Annals of Philosophy, and Diametros 2012 to present

PhilPapers.org category editor for "George Berkeley;" "Berkeley: Metaphysics," with subcategories; "Berkeley: Philosophy of Language;" "Berkeley: Philosophy of Religion," with subcategories; "Divine Attributes;" and "Divine Omnipotence" 2013 - Present

Awards and Honours

Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion (for "Foundational Grounding and the Argument from Contingency") 2016