Jack Himelright

University of Virginia, BA 2011

In August 2019 I received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, where I am currently an adjunct assistant professor. Previously, I completed a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Virginia.

I work primarily in metaphysics. Currently my research focuses on defending austere nominalism, the position that there are no abstract objects. Acting as though abstract objects exist is useful in almost every discipline, from the sciences to the trades. While many maintain this is good reason to believe that there are abstract objects, I argue that the usefulness of behaving in this way can be explained in wholly nominalistic terms. Within metaphysics, I also work on advancing modal fictionalism and research which theories of abstract objects are the most plausible when it is taken for granted that some abstract objects exist.

In addition to metaphysics, I have further interests in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. I am especially interested in the ramifications of nominalism for the semantics of natural language and for intentionality. I hope to develop research projects in these areas over time.


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