John W. Bender Professor, Department of Philosophy
Ohio University
Ellis Hall, Room 220C
Athens, Ohio 45701
(740)593-4599  office
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bender@ohio.edu

Education

Ph.D. Harvard University June 1978
M.A. Harvard University June 1975
B.A. University of Michigan May 1973 (w/ high distinction)

Areas of Specialization or Competence

Epistemology, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Publications
Books

(In preparation) Warrant, Evidence, and Reasons Good and Bad, 170 pp. to be submitted to Cambridge University Press.

Contemporary Philosophy of Art: Readings in Analytic Aesthetics. Co-written and edited with H. Gene Blocker, Prentice Hall, 1993, 607 pp.

The Current State of the Coherence Theory: Critical Essays on the Epistemic Theories of Keith Lehrer and Laurence BonJour, with Replies. Edited, with an introduction. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989, 294 pp.

Portions or Chapters of Books

"Expression in Art," entry for Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Supplement, MacMillan, New York, 1996.

"The Coherence Theory of Justification," entry for Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Supplement, MacMillan, New York, 1996.

"Compatibilism is No Quagmire: Freedom and Ability in a Nearly-Deterministic Works," in An Introduction to Modern Philosophy, Sixth Edition, eds. D. M. Borchert and A. Zucker, Macmillan, 1994, pp. 140-152.

"Art as a Source of Knowledge," in Chapter 10, Contemporary Philosophy of Art: Readings in Analytic Aesthetics, co-authors and eds. J. Bender and H. G. Blocker, Prentice Hall, 1993, pp. 593-607.

"Music and Metaphysics: Types and Patterns, Performances and Works," in Chapter 6, Contemporary Philosophy of Art: Readings in Analytic Aesthetics, co-authors and eds. J. Bender and H. G. Blocker, Prentice Hall, 1993, pp. 354-365.

Book Reviews

Review of "Moral and Aesthetic Particularism," for Canadian Journal of Philsoophy, February, 2006.

Review of "Real Beauty," by Eddy Zemach for Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, August, 1998.

Review of "Coherence, Self-Trust and the Regress Problem" for Philosophical Studies, October 1996.

Review of Accidental Reliability for Philosophical Quarterly, March 1996.

Review of Philosophy after Objectivity, Paul K. Moser, in Philosophical Review, Vol. 194, No. 1, January 1995.

Review of Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, Curtin and Heldke, ed., in Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Vol. XIII, No. 6, December 1993, pp. 300-302.

Review of Aesthetic Quality and Aesthetic Experience, Michael Mitias, ed., in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 48, No. 2, Spring 1990, pp. 173-175.

Articles

(Forthcoming) "Exemplification and Expression in Painting: Goodman's Theories are Wrong," Discipline Filosofiche, special issue on Aesthetics.

(Forthcoming) "Representation and Expression Repainted," in Michael Mitias and Akanta Sukla, ed., Art and Expression, Greenwood Press.

"Skepticism, Justification, and the Trustworthiness Argument," in Eric Olson, ed., The Epistemology of Keith Lehrer, Kluwer, 2003.

"Aesthetic Realism," in J. Levinson, ed., Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, 2003.

"Skepticism, Justification, and the Trustworthiness Argument," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, April 2002, pp. 51-61.

"Two Failed Schemes for Aesthetic Realism," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, 2001, pp. 82-89.

"Sensitivity, Sensibility, and Aesthetic Realism," in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 59, No. 1, 72-83, Winter 2001.

"Epistemic Luck: The Fragility of Knowledge," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, 1998, pp. 20-26.

"On Shriner's ‘Hume and the Causal Theory of Taste'" with Richard Manning, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 55, no. 3, Summer 1997, pp. 317-321.

"Rationality and the Preface Paradox," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, 1997, pp. 66-76.

"Supervenience and Irresolvable Aesthetic Disputes," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, 1995, 41-58.

"General but Defeasible Reasons in Aesthetic Evaluation: The Particularist/Generalist Dispute," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 53, No. 4, Fall 1995.

"Generalism, Particularism, and Sibley on Aesthetic Evaluation," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, 1994, 1-13.

"Epistemic Justification," entry for Oxford Companion to Philosophy, T. Honderich, ed., co-authored with A. I. Goldman, Oxford University Press, 1995.

"Unreckoned Misleading Truths and Lehrer's Theory of Undefeated Justification," Journal of Philosophical Research, Vol. XVII, 1992. (An earlier version of this paper also appears in Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, April 4, 1992, pp. 116-130.)

"Music and Metaphysics," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, April 1991, pp. 140-157.

"Goodman's Theory of Representation, Exemplification and Expression," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, April 1990, pp. 94-110.

"Critically Comparing Lehrer and BonJour: The Current State of the Coherence Theory," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, April 1989, pp. 57-68.

"Fundamental Troubles with Coherence," with Wayne A. Davis, in The Current State of the Coherence Theory, ed. J.W. Bender, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989, pp. 52-68.

"Technical Flaws in the Coherence Theory," with Wayne A. Davis, Synthese, 79:257-278, 1989.

"The Ins and Outs of Metaknowledge," Analysis, October 1988, pp. 167-176.

"Coherence is Insufficient for Epistemic Justification," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, April 1988, pp. 1-11.

"Staying Afloat in Philosophy," APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, January 1988, pp. 15-16.

"Teaching Introductory Logic in the Self-Paced Keller Format," published by ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, (U.S. Department of Education), August 1987, and abstracted to their Resources in Education.

"Knotty, Knotty: Comments on R. J. Nelson's ‘The New World Knot'," in H.R. Otto and J.A. Tuedia (eds.) Perspectives on Mind, D. Reidel, 1988, pp. 159-169.

"Knowledge, Justification, and Lehrer's Coherence Theory of Knowledge," Philosophical Studies, 54 (1988), pp. 355-381.

"Supervenience and the Justification of Aesthetic Judgments," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. XLVI, No. 1, Fall 1987, pp. 31-40.

"Metaknowledge, Trustworthiness, and Coherence," Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, April 1987.