Andrew Pierce, Ph.D.

Andrew Pierce, Ph.D.

Dr. Pierce’s interest in philosophy began as a student at Monroe County Community College in his hometown in Michigan. He went on to receive a BA and MA in philosophy from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. His area of expertise, broadly speaking, is in ethics and social and political philosophy, and more specifically in the philosophy of race, and the critical theory of Jurgen Habermas.

He is a firm believer in the idea that philosophy ought to be inclusive of and integrated with communities at large, rather than confined to ivory towers and purely academic pursuits. Accordingly, he is interested in developing connections between students, scholars, and their communities through service and experiential learning.

When he isn’t reading, writing, or teaching philosophy, you might find him in the kitchen trying out a new recipe, or in the backyard trying desperately to grow vegetables big enough to eat. He joined the philosophy faculty in 2012.

Degrees and Certifications

    • BA and MA in philosophy from Michigan State University
    • Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago

Teaching Responsibilities

    Dr. Pierce teaches the University’s Art of Thinking course as well as the freshman seminar. He also teaches courses in the philosophy of race and gender, social and political philosophy, ethics, and philosophies of violence and nonviolence.

Publications and Presentations

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    • Collective Identity, Oppression, and the Right to Self-Ascription. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.
    • “The Myth of the White Minority,” Critical Philosophy of Race. Vol. 3 no. 2. 2015: 305-323.
    • “Authentic Identities,” Social Theory and Practice. Vol. 41 no. 3. 2015: 435-457.
    • “Structural Racism, Institutional Agency, and Disrespect,” Journal of Philosophical Research. Vol. 39. 2014: 23-42.
    • “Formal Democracy, Structural Violence, and the Possibility of ‘Perpetual Peace,’” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies. Vol. 21 no. 1. 2011: 31-50.

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