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Dr. Kenneth Pearce

Ussher Assistant Professor (Philosophy)

Kenneth Pearce grew up in Palouse, Washington, USA. He received his BA in philosophy and classical studies and BAS in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Southern California in 2014. Pearce arrived at Trinity College in the fall of 2016.
  George Berkeley   History of Philosophy   Philosophy of religion
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Reader for Oxford University Press and Princeton University Press 2016 to 2018
Referee for History of Philosophy Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, American Philosophical Quarterly, Erkenntnis, Archiv Für Geschichte der Philosophie, Journal of Analytic Theology, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Sophia, Journal of Philosophical Research, History and Philosophy of Logic, Hermathena, Berkeley Studies, Dialectica, Society and Politics, Journal of Polish Philosophy, Eighteenth Century Ireland, Annals of Philosophy, Diametros, and Forum Philosophicum 2012 to present category editor for "George Berkeley;" "Berkeley: Metaphysics," with subcategories; "Berkeley: Philosophy of Language;" "Berkeley: Philosophy of Religion," with subcategories; "Divine Attributes;" and "Divine Omnipotence" 2013 - Present
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Infinite Power and Finite Powers in, editor(s)Benedikt Paul Goecke and Christian Tapp , The Infinity of God: New Perspectives in Theology and Philosophy, Notre Dame, IN, University of Notre Dame Press, 2019, pp233 - 257, [Kenneth L. Pearce], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Kenneth L. Pearce, Locke, Arnauld, and Abstract Ideas, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 27, (1), 2019, p75 - 94, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL  URL
Kenneth L. Pearce, Ideas and Explanation in Early Modern Philosophy, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 2019, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Kenneth L. Pearce, William King on Free Will, Philosophers' Imprint, 2019, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  URL
Kenneth L. Pearce, What Descartes Doubted, Berkeley Denied, and Kant Endorsed, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 58, (1), 2019, p31 - 63, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Kenneth L. Pearce, Intentionality, Belief, and the Logical Problem of Evil, Religious Studies, 2019, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Matter, God, and Nonsense: Berkeley's Polemic Against the Freethinkers in the Three Dialogues in, editor(s)Stefan Storrie , Berkeley's Three Dialogues: New Essays, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018, pp176 - 190, [Kenneth L. Pearce], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Kenneth L. Pearce, Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, 1 - 218pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Tyron Goldschmidt and Kenneth L. Pearce, Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, 1 - 300pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Berkeley's Philosophy of Religion in, editor(s)Richard Brook and Bertil Belfrage , The Bloomsbury Companion to Berkeley, London, Bloomsbury, 2017, pp458 - 483, [Kenneth L. Pearce], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Kenneth L. Pearce, 'Berkeley's Manuscript Introduction: A piece of philosophical history from the Library of Trinity College Dublin's manuscript collection', Google Arts and Culture, 2018, -, Exhibition, PUBLISHED
Kenneth L. Pearce, 'Deism', The Special Divine Action Project, Oxford, Bodleian Library, 2017, -, Digital research resource production, PUBLISHED
Kenneth L. Pearce, Idealism and Christian Theology, Review of Idealism and Christian Theology, by Joshua R. Farris and S. Mark Hamilton , Faith and Philosophy, 34, (3), 2017, p365-369 , Review, PUBLISHED
Kenneth L. Pearce, Review of The Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles, by Alexander George , Journal of the History of Philosophy, 54, (4), 2016, p680-681 , Review, PUBLISHED
Port-Royal, Tim Crane, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online, Routledge, 2015, [Kenneth L. Pearce], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, PUBLISHED
Kenneth L. Pearce, Review of The Puzzle of Existence: Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?, by Tyron Goldschmidt , Faith and Philosophy, 31, (3), 2014, p341-344 , Review, PUBLISHED


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Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion (for "Foundational Grounding and the Argument from Contingency") 2016
Pearce's historical work focuses on issues at the intersection between metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of science in 17th and 18th century European philosophy. A central question that he sees tying these areas together for many thinkers in the period is the nature of mental and linguistic representation: how do we manage to think and talk about minds, external objects, God, or the theoretical posits of physics? He is particularly interested in Berkeley, Arnauld, and Leibniz and has also published on metaphysical issues in analytic philosophy of religion.