Section Head of Philosophy
Jeffrey Roland received his Ph.D. in philosophy, with a concentration in mathematics, from Cornell University in 2005 after joining the philosophy faculty at LSU in 2004. He currently serves as section head of philosophy.
Personal Website: http://www.lsu.edu/faculty/jroland/
Dr. Roland teaches courses primarily in logic and epistemology and occasionally in philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. His research focuses on issues in the philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science, particularly concerning the nature and scope of philosophical naturalism and the prospects for a realist philosophy of mathematics. His publications include articles in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. He is currently working on a book defending mathematical realism, tentatively titled (originally enough) A Defense of Mathematical Realism.
Courses Regularly Taught
- PHIL 1021 Introduction to Logic
- PHIL 2010 Symbolic Logic I
- PHIL 4010 Symbolic Logic II
- PHIL 4011 Topics in Advanced Logic
- PHIL 3950 Introduction to Epistemology
- Assistant Professor Summer Research Grant, LSU, HSS, 2011
- Robert Udick Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, LSU, HSS, 2007
- LSU Council on Research Summer Research Stipend, 2007
- With Jon Cogburn. “Anti-Luck Epistemologies and Necessary Truths.” Philosophia 39 (2011): 547-61.
- “Concept Grounding and Knowledge of Set Theory.” Philosophia 38 (2010)179–93.
- “On Naturalizing the Epistemology of Mathematics.” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2009): 63–97.
- “Kitcher, Mathematics, and Naturalism.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (2008): 481–97.
- “Kitcher and the Obsessive Unifier.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2008): 493–506.
- “Maddy and Mathematics: Naturalism or Not.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58 (2007): 423–50.