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Dr. Kenneth Pearce
Ussher Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Biography

Kenneth Pearce grew up 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

Astell and Masham on Epistemic Authority and Women's Individual Judgment in Religion in, editor(s)Donald Rutherford , Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume 11, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2022 TARA - Full Text

Kenneth L. Pearce, Thinking with the Cartesians and Speaking with the Vulgar: Extrinsic Denomination in the Philosophy of Antoine Arnauld, Journal of the History of Philosophy, 60, (2), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 TARA - Full Text

Graham Oppy and Kenneth L. Pearce, Is There a God? A Debate, New York and Oxford, Routledge, 2022 Book, 2022

Kenneth L. Pearce, God's Impossible Options, Faith and Philosophy, 37, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 URL DOI

Kenneth L. Pearce, Foundational Grounding and the Argument from Contingency, Mind, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Ideas and Explanation in Early Modern Philosophy, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 103, (2), 2021, p252 - 280 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Are We Free to Break the Laws of Providence?, Faith and Philosophy, 37, (2), 2020, p158 - 180 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text URL DOI

Kenneth L. Pearce, Intentionality, Belief, and the Logical Problem of Evil, Religious Studies, 56, (3), 2020, p419 - 435 Journal Article, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Infinite Power and Finite Powers in, editor(s)Benedikt Paul Goecke and Christian Tapp , The Infinity of God: New Perspectives in Theology and Philosophy, Notre Dame, IN, University of Notre Dame Press, 2019, pp233 - 257, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2019 TARA - Full Text URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, What Descartes Doubted, Berkeley Denied, and Kant Endorsed, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 58, (1), 2019, p31 - 63 Journal Article, 2019 DOI TARA - Full Text

Kenneth L. Pearce, Locke, Arnauld, and Abstract Ideas, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 27, (1), 2019, p75 - 94 Journal Article, 2019 DOI URL URL TARA - Full Text

Kenneth L. Pearce, William King on Free Will, Philosophers' Imprint, 19, (21), 2019, p1 - 15 Journal Article, 2019 URL

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, 2018, pp176 - 190, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2018 TARA - Full Text URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, How Berkeley's Gardener Knows his Cherry Tree, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 98, (S1), 2017, p553 - 576 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Kenneth L. Pearce, Berkeley on Unperceived Objects and the Publicity of Language, History of Philosophy Quarterly, 34, (3), 2017, p231 - 250 Journal Article, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Foundational Grounding and the Argument from Contingency, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, 2017, p245 - 268 Journal Article, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

Tyron Goldschmidt and Kenneth L. Pearce, Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, 1 - 300pp Book, 2017

Mereological Idealism in, editor(s)Tyron Goldschmidt and Kenneth L. Pearce , Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp200 - 216, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, 1 - 218pp Book, 2017

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

Berkeley's Philosophy of Religion in, editor(s)Richard Brook and Bertil Belfrage , The Bloomsbury Companion to Berkeley, London, Bloomsbury, 2017, pp458 - 483, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2017 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 URL TARA - Full Text URL 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, 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 DOI URL URL TARA - Full Text

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

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

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

God's Perfect Will: Remarks on Johnston and O'Connor in, editor(s)Lara Buchak and Dean W. Zimmerman , Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 10, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, pp247 - 253, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2022 TARA - Full Text DOI

Berkeley's Theory of Language in, editor(s)Samuel Rickless , The Oxford Handbook of Berkeley, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, pp194 - 218, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2022

Kenneth L. Pearce, Who was George Berkeley? Kenneth L. Pearce on a book that breaks new ground, Review of George Berkeley: A Philosophical Life, by Tom E. Jones , Books Ireland, 2021 Review, 2021

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, 88, (2020), Kenneth L. Pearce and Takaharu Oda, [eds.] Journal, 2020 URL

Kenneth L. Pearce, Peter Browne on the Metaphysics of Knowledge, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, 88, 2020, p215 - 237 Journal Article, 2020 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Kenneth L. Pearce, Review of Necessary Existence, by Alexander R. Pruss and Joshua Rasmussen , American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 93, 2019, p763-767 Review, 2019 DOI

Daniel Flage and Kenneth Pearce, 'George Berkeley', Oxford Bibliographies, Oxford University Press, 2019, - Bibliography, filmography, etc., 2019 DOI

Berkeley and Newton in, editor(s)Dana Jalobeanu and Charles T. Wolfe , Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and Sciences, Springer, 2019, [Kenneth L. Pearce] Book Chapter, 2019 DOI

Kenneth L. Pearce, 'Berkeley's Manuscript Introduction: A piece of philosophical history from the Library of Trinity College Dublin's manuscript collection', Google Arts and Culture, 2018, - Exhibition, 2018 URL

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

Kenneth L. Pearce, Review of Idealism and Christian Theology, by Joshua R. Farris and S. Mark Hamilton , Faith and Philosophy, 34, (3), 2017, p365-369 Review, 2017

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 TARA - Full Text URL URL DOI

Research Expertise

Keywords

George Berkeley; History of Philosophy; Philosophy of religion

Recognition

Representations

Reader for Oxford University Press and Princeton University Press 2016 to 2018

Referee for Philosophers' Imprint, Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, American Philosophical Quarterly, Religious Studies, Erkenntnis, Archiv Für Geschichte der Philosophie, Journal of Analytic Theology, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Sophia, Philosophical Papers, Journal of Philosophical Research, History and Philosophy of Logic, Hermathena, Berkeley Studies, Dialectica, Society and Politics, Journal of Polish Philosophy, Eighteenth Century Ireland, Annals of Philosophy, Diametros, and Forum Philosophicum. 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

Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 26/4/2021