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 has taught courses in Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Logic, Social and Political Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Race, as well as the University’s new Art of Thinking course.

Publications and Presentations

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    Collective Identity, Oppression, and the Right to Self-Ascription. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.

    “Structural Racism, Institutional Agency, and Disrespect,” forthcoming in the Journal of Philosophical Research.

    “Reconstructing Race: A Discourse-Theoretical Approach to a Normative Politics of Identity,” The Philosophical Forum. Vol. 43 no.1. 2012: 27-49.

    “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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