Mark Lance

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Mark Lance
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh
Academic work
Sub-disciplinePeace Studies
InstitutionsGeorgetown University

Mark Norris Lance (born 1959) is a professor in the Philosophy Department and Justice and Peace Studies Program at Georgetown University.


He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Robert Brandom and his main area of expertise is the philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophical logic and metaphysics.

He also writes and speaks extensively on anarchist theory. His published works include The Grammar of Meaning (ISBN 0-521-58300-4) "'yo' and 'lo': the pragmatic topography of the space of reasons" (ISBN 0674031474) as well as many articles on topics ranging from consensus democracy to neo-Sellarsianism to relevance logic. He is a founder and former director of the Georgetown University Program on justice and peace, and a former board member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

In addition to his academic life, he was previously the General Director of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and a contributor to its journal, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. He has been active in a wide range of activist organizations, including work in solidarity with Latin America, Palestine, and South Africa, as well as anti-war, LGBTQ, and global justice work. He is currently a member of the steering committee of The Truth Telling Project [2] In January 2006, Lance presented a talk, "Against Apocalyptic Anarchism," at the annual National Conference on Organized Resistance meeting in Washington, D.C.

Lance is also a critic of anarcho-primitivism and its rejection of language.[1]

Lance protested the arrival of President Álvaro Uribe to teach at Georgetown University in September 2010, and was interviewed by Colombia's El Espectador in a film clip,[2] and in the print editions of El Heraldo,[3] and The Georgetown Voice.[4]



  1. ^ Lance, Mark from lecture "Anarchist Practice, Rational Democracy and Community" NCOR (2004) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-04-21. Retrieved 2005-03-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Protestas en Universidad de Georgetown por cátedra que dictará Uribe."[1]
  3. ^ "Protestas por las conferencias de Uribe"[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Ex-Colombian President Uribe’s arrival to SFS sparks protests"

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