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Joshua Anderson

Anderson, Joshua, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Phone: 804-524-5122
Location: Colson Hall, Room 101H



Ph.D., Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 2015
M.A., Philosophy, Purdue University, 2008
B.A. (cum laude), Philosophy, The College of Wooster, 2000

Research and Teaching Interest

Social/Political Philosophy, Ethics and Applied Ethics, African American Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, History of Western Philosophy

Representative Scholarly Activity

  • “Augustine’s Use of the KK-Thesis in The City of God, Book 11.” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 8.2 (2016): 151-168
  • “A Critique of Talisse’s and Aikin’s ‘Why Pragmatists Cannot Be Pluralists’.” The Pluralist 10.1 (2015): 107-113
  • “Counterfactuals and their Truthmakers: Comparing the Relative Strengths and Weaknesses of Plato and Lewis.” Polish Journal of Philosophy 8.2 (2014): 7-24
  • “An Investigation of Moksha in the Advaita Vedanta of Shankara and Gaudapada.” Asian Philosophy 22.3 (2012): 275-287
  • “A Tension in the Political Thought of Huey P. Newton.” Journal of African American Studies 16.2 (2012): 249-267
  • “Sen and the Bhagavad Gita: Lessons for a Theory of Justice.” Asian Philosophy 22.1 (2012): 63-74
  • “Huey P. Newton and the Radicalization of the Urban Poor.” In Hidden Cities: Understanding Urban Popcultures, edited by Leonard R. Koos, 3-12. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012
  • “The Consequences of Virtue: East and West”—Irish Philosophical Society: 2018 Annual Conference, November 9-10, 2018, Dublin, Ireland
  • “Virtue, Character and Consequences”—The 70th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference, October 19-20, 2018, Bellevue, WA
  • “Anarchism, Globalization and Republican Freedom: A Challenge to Statism”—American Political Science Association: 2017 Annual Meeting, August 31-September 3, 2017, San Francisco, CA
  • “Communitarians, Liberals and What Do We Want in a Community”—American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division: 89th Annual Meeting, April 1-5, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • “Against the Nation-State: On the Normative Poverty of Statism”—Enlightened Anarchism, September 11-14, 2014, Rovaniemi, Finland
  • “Critical Republicanism Against the State: Anarchism and Republican Freedom”—Midwest Political Science Association: 2014 Annual Conference, April 3-6, 2014, Chicago, IL
  • “The Fact of Globalization and Rethinking the Logical Space of Global Justice”—American Political Science Association: 2013 Annual Meeting, August 29-September 1, 2013, Chicago, IL
  • “Hegel and the Rabble”—American Philosophical Association - Central Division: 110th Annual Meeting, February 20-23, 2013, New Orleans, LA
  • “Hume, Counterfactuals and Causation”—American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division: 86th Annual Meeting, April 4-7, 2012, Seattle, WA

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Pass with Distinction: Dissertation Oral Defense, Saint Louis University
  • James D. Collins Graduate Student Award for Excellence ($2000): Saint Louis University
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Secured a number of grants to present research and for professional development from the following:
    • American Philosophical Association
    • American Political Science Association
    • Saint Louis University, College of Arts and Sciences
    • Saint Louis University, Department of Philosophy 

Representative Service Activity

  • Reviewer: American Philosophical Quarterly, American Political Science Review, Dialogue, Human Studies, Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, The Journal of Value Inquiry, Review of  Social Economy, Social Movement Studies, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Conflict and Violence
  • Gave a lecture to GSGA 100: The Freshman Lyceum Series on the importance of Ethical reasoning
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