My name is Jeremy Pierce. I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy from Syracuse University in August 2011, and I'm an adjunct assistant professor in philosophy at Le Moyne College while I'm seeking more permanent employment. I also teach at Onondaga Community College and have taught at Syracuse University.
My areas of specialization for my Ph.D. work have been metaphysics, philosophy of race, and philosophy of religion. My dissertation was on the metaphysical and ethical issues of racial classification, and a revised version of it is under contract with an academic publisher, with the manuscript now under final revisions. I also have an article in the summer 2013 issue of Journal of Social Philosophy entitled "Glasgow's Race Antirealism: Experimental Philosophy and Thought Experiments". I am currently working on a chapter in a forthcoming book on Calvinism and the Problem of Evil, dealing with how, contrary to much contemporary thought, views of exhaustive divine sovereignty together with deontological ethics can provide more resources for responding to the problem of evil than on alternative theories.
I have written several chapters on pop culture and philosophy, including on mutants and race in the X-Men (2007), on destiny and prophecy in Harry Potter (2009), on the metaphysics and ethics of time travel in Lost (2010), and on prophecy, time, disability, and teleology in Philip K. Dick's short story "The Golden Man" (2011). In 2003, Faith and Philosophy published my review of Gregory Ganssle, ed., God and Time: Four Views, from InterVarsity Press. I also have published a review of a book on sexual orientation and bullying in the journal Men and Masculinities.
My other areas of competence in undergraduate teaching are ethics (applied, theory, and history), epistemology, and the history of philosophy (esp. the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods). My philosophical interests include personal identity, persistence through time, material constitution, the nature of time, vagueness, arguments for and against the existence of God, determinism and freedom, foreknowledge and freedom, affirmative action, abortion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, Plato, the Stoics, Augustine, John Locke, and Gottfried Leibniz.
I have a weblog called Parableman, where I discuss philosophy, theology, biblical studies, Christian apologetics, politics, language, autism, and whatever else might catch my interest. It has taken a backseat to teaching and more formal publications of late, but I update it when I get a chance to write about something I've been thinking about. It also serves to organize links to sermons and studies from my congregation's teaching. I have also blogged at the now-defunct First Things blog Evangel, and the no longer extant Syracuse University philosophy graduate student blog OrangePhilosophy. I was a co-founder and am still a (relatively infrequent) contributor to the philosophy of religion blog Prosblogion.