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

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

Ethical Theory
Philosophy of Language



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

"Does Anything Really Matter? Essays on Parfit on Objectivity, edited by Peter Singer," Philosophy in Review 39 (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

Encyclopedia Entries

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