Mark Nelson

Mark T. Nelson

Monroe Professor of Philosophy
Phone: (805) 565-6130
Office Location: Porter Center 6

Office Hours
Monday 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Thursday 1:15 - 3:00 p.m.
Friday 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
and by Appointment

ethics (especially metaethics), epistemology, philosophy of religion

Mark grew up near Chicago, graduated from Wheaton College (B.A., Philosophy) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy).  Before coming to Westmont in August, 2006, he taught at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the University of Leeds in England.

He is married to Pauline, and they have three daughters, two dachshund puppies and one cat.  He has opposable thumbs.

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion

Representative Publications

  • “Y and Z are not off the Hook:  the Survival Lottery made Fairer”, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2012)
  • Guest editor, special issue on “The Problem of the Criterion”, Philosophical Papers (2011)
  • “We Have No Positive Epistemic Duties”, Mind (2010)
  • “A Problem for Conservatism”, Analysis (2009)
  • “More Bad News for the Logical Autonomy of Ethics”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2007)
  • “What the Problem with Aquinas Isn’t”, New Blackfriars (2006)
  • “Moral Realism and Program Explanation”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2006)
  • “The Possibility of Inductive Moral Arguments”, Philosophical Papers (2006)
  • “Telling it Like it Is:  Philosophy as Descriptive Manifestation”, American Philosophical Quarterly (2005)

Courses Taught at Westmont

  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Ethics
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Epistemology
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy Senior Seminar