Justin Clarke-Doane

Title | Organization: 
Assistant Professor | Columbia University

2011 Ph.D. Philosophy, NYU
2005 B.A. Philosophy / Mathematics, New College of Florida

Justin Clarke-Doane joined the Columbia department in 2014.  His work centers on metaphysical and epistemological problems surrounding apparently a priori domains, such as morality, modality, mathematics, and logic.  He is particularly interested in similarities and differences between the areas.  His aim is to understand the place of apparently a priori inquiry in our intellectual and practical lives.  He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, an Honorary Research Associate at Monash University, Australia, and has been Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.   The Philosopher's Annual selected his papers as among the "ten best in philosophy" in 2012 and 2014.


Forthcoming “Objectivity and Reliability,” for an author-meets-critics symposium on Thomas Scanlon's Being Realistic About Reasons, with replies from Scanlon, Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

Forthcoming "Debunking and Dispensability," Neil Sinclair and Uri Leibowitz (eds.), Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming  "Objectivity in Ethics and Mathematics,"  Ben Colburn
(ed.), Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, The Virtual Issue.

Forthcoming "What is the Benacerraf Problem?," Fabrice Pataut (ed.), New Perspectives on the Philosophy of Paul Benacerraf: Truth, Objects, Infinity.

Forthcoming "Justification and Explanation in Mathematics and Morality," Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 10.

2014 "Moral Epistemology: The Mathematics Analogy," Noûs. Vol. 48. 238-255. [Reprinted in Sarah Aronowitz, Patrick Grim, Zoe Johnson King, and Nicholas Serafin (eds.), Philosopher's Annual, Vol. 34.]

2013 "What is Absolute Undecidability?," Noûs. Vol. 47. 467-481. 

2012 "Morality and Mathematics: The Evolutionary Challenge," Ethics. Vol. 122. 313-340. [Online Discussion at PEA Soup] [Reprinted in Patrick Grim, Chloe Armstrong, Patrick Shirreff and Nils-Hennes Stear (eds.), Philosopher's Annual, Vol. 32.]

Edited Volume

2012 Special issue of the Review of Symbolic Logic on objectivity and undecidability in mathematics.

Areas of Specialization: 

Metaethics; Epistemology; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Mathematics