Department of Philosophy

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 752
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3390
fax: (248) 370-3144

Fritz J. McDonald

Fritz McDonald

Fritz J. McDonald

Title: Associate Professor

Office: 653 Mathematics and Science Center
Phone: (248) 370-3394
Fax: (248) 370-3144
E-mail: fritzjmcdonald@oakland.edu
YouTube Channel:  https://tinyurl.com/yapjvdsh  

EDUCATION                               
                                       
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York
Ph.D., 2006
M.Phil., 2003
                                               
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
B.A. with High Honors, 1998


AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
                               
Metaethics
Ethical Theory
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Language
Theories of Truth


PUBLICATIONS

Articles

                               
Beyond Objectivism and Subjectivism” in Praxiology and the Reasons for Action, edited by Piotr Makowski, Mateusz Bonecki, and Krzysztof Nowak-Posadzy, with Wojciech W. Gasparski. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2016.
                                         
Wittgenstein and the Methodology of Semantics” in Language, Mind and Reality: A Reflection on Philosophical Thoughts of Professor R. C. Pradhan, edited by Ranjan Kumar Panda. New Delhi: Overseas Press, 2015 and Boca Raton, FL: BrownWalker Press, 2016.
                                               
Minimalism and Expressivism,” Ethics in Progress Quarterly 3 (2012): 9-30

Why Language Exists: Stating the Obvious,” Croatian Journal of Philosophy 34 (2012): 1-12
 
Metaphysical Minimalism,” Prolegomena: Journal of Philosophy 10 (2011): 39-52

A Deflationary Metaphysics of Morality,” Acta Analytica 25 (2010): 285-98

Agency and Responsibility,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 44 (2010): 199-207
                                       
Linguistics, Psychology, and the Ontology of Language,” Croatian Journal of Philosophy 27 (2009): 291-301
                                               
Does Moral Discourse Require Robust Truth?” Logos Architekton 3 (2009): 271-90
                                               
The Epimenidean Dilemma and the Definition of Truth,” The Philosophical Forum 36 (2003): pp. 477-86
                                               


Book Reviews

"Rightness as Fairness: A Moral and Political Theory, by Marcus Arvan," Philosophy in Review 37 (2017): 44-46

Cooperation and its Evolution, edited by Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott, and Ben Fraser,” Philosophical Psychology 28 (2015): 1253-1255.
                                               
The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free Will, by Heidi M. Ravven,” Neuroethics 7 (2014): 251-252
                                               
New Waves in Metaethics, edited by Michael Brady, and New Waves in Truth, edited by Cory Wright and Nikolaj J.L.L. Pedersen,” Analysis 73 (2013): 400-402
                                               
On What Matters, by Derek Parfit,” Metapsychology Online Reviews 16 (2012)
                                               
The Constitution of Agency, by Christine Korsgaard,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (2010): 235-36
                                               
Worlds of Truth, by Israel Scheffler,” Analysis 70 (2010): 383-85
                                               
Truth and Realism, Patrick Greenough and Michael Lynch, eds.,” The Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2008): 178-80
                                               
The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory, David Copp, ed.,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 40 (2006): 485-88
                                               

Encyclopedia Entries

“Analytic: Truth,” in John Lachs and Robert Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Antinomies,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Brain-in-Vat,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Indeterminacy of Translation,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Inscrutability of Reference,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Logic: Informal,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Quine, W.V.O.,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Semantics,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Truth Value,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008
                                               
“Universals,” in Lachs and Talisse, eds., American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2008

Presentations

“Kantian Autonomy and Responsibility,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Conference of Philosophical Societies Session, February 2015

“Moving Pictures: Using Video in Courses,” with Grant Yocom, E-Cornucopia 2014: Teaching with Technology, Oakland University, June 2014

“Wittgenstein and the Methodology of Semantics,” Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Culture, Values and Justice, University of Vaasa, Finland, May 2014

Comments on Alex Silk, “Deontic Conditionals: Weak and Strong,” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, December 2013

“Beyond Objectivism and Subjectivism,” European Conference for the Theory of Action, Poznan, Poland, June 2013.

“Why Language Exists: Stating the Obvious,” CUNY Cognitive Science Symposium, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, May 2012

Comments on Nathan Hanna, "Moral Luck Defended," American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2012

“Wittgenstein and the Methodology of Semantics,” Language, Mind, and Reality: Reflections on the Philosophical Thought of R.C. Pradhan, Indian Institute of Technology—Bombay, March 2012

“Reading within a Discipline—Philosophy” as part of “Creating Savvy Readers: Understanding Students’ Reading Problems and Strategies for Solving Them,” panel with Alice Horning, William Byrne, and Marilyn Borner, Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Traverse City, Michigan, September 2011

“Why Language Exists: Stating the Obvious,” Philosophy of Linguistics Conference, Interuniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2011

Comments on Patrick Todd, “Soft Facts and Ontological Dependence,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, April 2011

“Metaphysical Minimalism,” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Saginaw Valley State University, March 2011

“Metaphysical Minimalism,” International Philosophical Symposium: Metaphysics, Language, Morality. Society for the Advancement of Philosophy and University of Zagreb Center for Croatian Studies, Zagreb, Croatia, December 2010

Comments on Matt Flummer, “If I Were in the Shoes of a Non-cognitivist, I Would Plan on Being a Classical Expressivist: An Evaluation of Gibbard’s Plans,” Central States Philosophical Association Meeting, Wayne State University, September 2010

“Agency and Responsibility,” Fourth Annual Felician Ethics Conference, Felician College, April 2010 

Comments on Kurt Liebegott, “On the Prior Probability of Ethical Positions,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, February 2009

“Minimalism and Expressivism,” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, December 2009 

“Linguistics, Psychology, and the Ontology of Language,” Philosophy of Linguistics Conference, Interuniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2009

Comments on George Boger, “Promoting a Culture of Justice,” Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference, University of Windsor, June 2009

“Agency and Responsibility,” University of Windsor, Colloquium, March 2009

“Prolegomena to a Deflationary Metaphysics of Morality,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, February 2009

“Can Deflationism Provide an Adequate Account of the Value of Truth?” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, The University of Memphis, February 2008

Comments on Jesse W. Butler, “The Epistemic Irreducibility of Phenomenal Knowledge,” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, The University of Memphis, February 2008

“What We Talk About When We Talk About ʻOught,ʼ” Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Colloquium, May 2006 

“What We Talk About When We Talk About ʻOught,ʼ” Long Island Philosophical Society Conference, Fall 2005 Meeting, October 2005 

“Does Moral Discourse Require Robust Truth?” New Jersey Regional Philosophy Association Conference, April 2005 

“What is Fregeʼs Theory of Demonstratives?” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, March 2003 

“Use, Meaning, and the Priority of Thought,” New Jersey Regional Philosophy Association Conference, April 2001 

Courses Taught at Oakland University

Ancient Greek Philosophy
Apprentice College Teaching
Early Modern Philosophy
Ethics, Language, and Reality
Fact, Value, and Knowledge
Freedom, Agency, and Responsibility
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Liberal Studies Senior Thesis I and II
The Logical Structure of Language
Metaphysics
Moral Truth
Nietzsche and his Antagonists
Philosophy of Language
Study of a Major Philosopher: Kant
Theories of Knowledge
Theories of Truth