Department of Philosophy

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 752
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3390
fax: (248) 370-3157

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

Articles

Synchronous Online Philosophy Courses: An Experiment in Progress,” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 18 (2018): 37-40.

“Beyond Objectivism and Subjectivism” in Praxiologies and Reasons for Action, edited by Piotr Makowski, Mateusz Bonecki, and Krzysztof Nowak-Pozadzy, 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 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 12 (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.

“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. 

The Epimenidean Dilemma and the Definition of Truth,” The Philosophical Forum 36  (2003): pp. 477-86.

Book Reviews

Does Anything Really Matter? Essays on Parfit on Objectivity, edited by Peter Singer” Philosophy in Review 38 (2018): 80-82. 

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. 

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 

“Kant on Possession, Property, and Distributive Justice,” Sixth Annual International University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 2004 

“Linguistics, Psychology, and the Ontology of Language,” University of California, San Diego Graduate Philosophy Conference, April 2003 

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

“Is the Essential Indexical a Problem?” First Annual Fordham Philosophical Society Graduate Philosophy Conference, April 2002 

“Linguistics, Psychology, and the Ontology of Language,” Third Annual Rutgers-Princeton Graduate Philosophy Conference, April 2002 

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

Courses Taught

Ancient Greek Philosophy

Apprentice College Teaching

Bioethics

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 and Technology

Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Philosophy of Language

Philosophy of Mind

Realism and Truth

Study of a Major Philosopher: Kant

Theories of Knowledge

Theories of Truth