Mark Nelson

Mark T. Nelson

Monroe Professor of Philosophy
Phone: (805) 565-6259
Office Location: Porter Center 6

Office Hours
Monday 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. (*except during Faculty Meetings)
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, a dachshund and a cat. He still has opposable thumbs.

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion

Representative Publications

  • “What the Utilitarian Cannot Think”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (forthcoming 2015)
  • “Non-contradiction:  Oh Yeah and So What”, Think, no. 34, vol. 12, 2013
  •  “Y and Z are not off the Hook: the Survival Lottery made Fairer”, Journal ofMedicine 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)