Marc Alspector-Kelly*


Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

Western Michigan University


Current Courses

            3550 Philosophy of Science

            2200 Critical Thinking




Please note that the links below are not to the essays as published. Pagination will therefore differ from the published version, and there may be some minor differences within the text.

On Quine on Carnap on Ontology”, Philosophical Studies Vol. 102 (2001), pp. 93-122.

Should the Empiricist be a Constructive Empiricist?”, Philosophy of Science Vol. 68 No. 4 (2001), pp. 413-431.

Stroud’s Carnap”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 64 No. 2 (2002), pp. 276-302.

The NOAer’s Dilemma: Constructive Empiricism and the Natural Ontological Attitude”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 33 No. 3 (2003), pp. 307-322.

Seeing the Unobservable: van Fraassen and the Limits of Experience”, Synthese Vol. 140 No. 3 (2004), pp. 331-353

Constructive Empiricism and Epistemic Modesty: Reply to Van Fraassen and Monton”,  Erkenntnis, 64 No. 3 (2006) pp. 371-379,

Knowledge Externalism”, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 87 No. 3 (2006), pp. 289-300.

Pretending to See”, Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 19 No. 6 (2006), pp. 713-728.

The Philosophy of Science: An Historical Anthology, ed. with Timothy McGrew and Fritz Allhoff. Wiley-Blackwell (2009).

Why Safety Doesn’t Save Closure”, Synthese Vol. 183 No. (2011), pp. 127-142.

Constructive Empiricism Revisited” (invited review of Paul Dicken, Constructive Empiricism: Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science), Metascience, Vol. 21 No. 1 (2012), pp. 187-191.

“The Sensitivity Principle” (invited review of The Sensitivity Principle in Epistemology, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

“Wright Back to Dretske, or Why You Might As Well Deny Knowledge Closure” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90(3), 570-611.


In Progress:

“What Lena Knows: An Invariantist Interpretation of Contextualist Cases”


Contact Information


Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Western Michigan University

1903 West Michigan Avenue

Kalamazoo, Michigan





*(née Marc Kelly)