Kevin Scharp




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The Ohio State University

Department of Philosophy

230 North Oval Mall

Columbus, OH 43210

Scharp.1 at osu dot edu    


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2014 – present             Full Professor with tenure

                                    The Ohio State University, Philosophy Department

                                    Majority of teaching responsibilities at Marion Campus


2010 – 2014                Associate Professor with tenure

                                    The Ohio State University, Philosophy Department

                                    Majority of teaching responsibilities at Marion Campus


2005 – 2010                Assistant Professor

                                    The Ohio State University, Philosophy Department

                                    Majority of teaching responsibilities at Marion Campus




University of Pittsburgh, PhD., Philosophy, August 2005

Dissertation: “Truth and Aletheic Paradox”

Committee: Robert Brandom (advisor), Anil Gupta, John McDowell, Hartry Field


University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, MA, Philosophy, May 1998

      Thesis: “William James’ Critique of Intellectualism”

      Advisor: Robert Schwartz


Washington University, BA, Mathematics, December 1995



Areas of Specialization


Philosophy of Language, Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, History of Analytic Philosophy



Areas of Competence


Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Continental Philosophy







The Study of Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract. 

Replacing Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.  352pp.  ISBN: 978-0199653850

Book Symposium, with Andrew Bacon, Matti Eklund, and Patrick Greenough, Inquiry, forthcoming.

Author Meets Critics Session, American Philosophical Association Eastern, December 2014.

Critical Notice by Jennifer Duke-Yonge, Analysis Reviews, forthcoming.

Reviewed by Graham Priest, Mind, forthcoming.

Reviewed by Stephen Read, Philosophical Quarterly 64: 535-537, July 2014.

Reviewed by John Burgess, Studia Logica 103, June 2014.

Reviewed by David Ripley, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, June 2014.


In the Space of Reasons: Selected Essays of Wilfrid Sellars. Editor (with Robert Brandom) and co-author of the introduction, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.  525pp.  ISBN: 978-0674024984




“Analytic Pragmatism and Universal LX Vocabulary,” (with Richard Samuels), Philosophia, forthcoming.

“Defective Concepts,” in Conceptual Ethics and Conceptual Engineering, edited by Alexis Burgess, David Plunckett, and Herman Cappelen, forthcoming.

“Replacing Knowledge,” in Epistemic Incoherence, edited by Patrick Greenough, forthcoming.

“Importing Revenge,” in a collection on Hartry Field edited by Nikolaj Pedersen, forthcoming.

“Deflationary and Substantive Replacements for Truth” invited for a special issue of Synthese on the concept of truth, Jeremy Wyatt and Nikolaj Pedersen (eds.).

“Dynamic Conceptual Norms” invited for a collection on categories, Paul Hackett (ed.).

“Revising Inconsistent Concepts,” (with Stewart Shapiro) in The Relevance of the Liar.  Edited by Bradley Armour-Garb.  Oxford University Press.  Forthcoming.

“Tolerance and the Multi-range View of Vagueness,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90: 467-474, 2015.

“Pragmatism without Idealism,” (with Robert Kraut) in The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophical Methods.  Edited by Christopher Daly.  Palgrave.  2015.

“Truth, Revenge, and Internalizability,” Erkenntnis 79: 597-645, 2014.

“Truth, the Liar, and Relativism,” The Philosophical Review 122: 427-510, 2013.

“On Richard’s When Truth Gives Out,” (with Stewart Shapiro) Philosophical Studies 160: 455-463, 2012.

“Robert Brandom: Inference and Meaning,” in Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication. Edited by Jason Hannon and Robert Rutland.  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Wilfrid Sellars’ Anti-Descriptivism,” in Categories of Being: Essays on Metaphysics and Logic.  Edited by Heikki Koskinen.  Oxford University Press, 2012.

Xeno Semantics for Ascending and Descending Truth,” in Foundational Adventures: Essays in Honor of Harvey M. Friedman.  Edited by Neil Tennant.  Templeton Press (Online) and College Publications, London. 2011.

“Truth’s Savior? Critical Study of Field’s Saving Truth From Paradox,” The Philosophical Quarterly 60: 183-188, 2010.

“Falsity,” in New Waves in Truth.  Edited by Nikolaj Jang Pedersen and Cory Wright.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

“Truth and Expressive Completeness,” in Reading Brandom.  Edited by Bernhard Weiss and Jeremy Wanderer.  Routledge, 2009.

“Locke’s Theory of Reflection,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16: 25-63, 2008.

Aletheic Vengeance,” in The Revenge of the Liar: New Essays on the Paradox.  Edited by Jc Beall.  Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Replacing Truth,” Inquiry 50: 606-621, 2007 (issue on inconsistency approaches to the liar paradox).

“Scorekeeping in a Defective Language Game,” Pragmatics and Cognition 13: 203-226, 2005 (issue on Robert Brandom’s Making It Explicit).

Reprinted in: The Pragmatics of Making It Explicit. Edited by Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer. Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2008. 

“Communication and Content: Circumstances and Consequences of the Habermas-Brandom Debate,” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 11: 43-61, 2003.

Reprinted in: Habermas II. Edited by David Rasmussen and James Swindal. Sage Publications, 2009. 




Review of Graham Priest, Doubt Truth to be a Liar, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 13: 541-544, 2007.



Work in Progress


Reasons and Semantics (with Bryan Weaver), under review (book project on semantics for reasons locutions).

Replacing Philosophy, under review (book project on conceptual engineering and the idea that most philosophical disputes result from defective philosophical concepts).

“Reasons for Semantics, Semantics for Reasons,” (with Bryan Weaver), under review.

“On the Indeterminacy of the Meter,” under review.

“Truthmaker Maximalism is Self-Refuting,” in preparation.

“Celsius and Kelvin,” in preparation.

“Being Pro-Choice: Vagueness and Abortion,” (with Alison Duncan Kerr) in preparation.


Professional Talks


“Philosophy and Defective Concepts,” workshop on conceptual ethics and conceptual engineering, University of Oslo, Norway, Spring 2016.

“Replacing Knowledge,” workshop on epistemic incoherence, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 7 December 2015.

“Aletheic and Logical Pluralism” conference on truth pluralism and logical pluralism, University of Connecticut, 18 April 2015.

“Philosophy and Defective Concepts,” Inaugural Lecture, The Ohio State University, 25 February 2015.

“Metrological Naturalism,” Arché Center, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 20 January 2015

“Conceptual Engineering,” Arché Center, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 19 January 2015

“Theories of Descending Truth,” Arché Center, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 16 January 2015

“Defective Concepts,” workshop on conceptual engineering, University of Oslo, Norway, 14 January 2015.

“Replies to Beall and Greenough,” Author Meets Critics Session on Replacing Truth, Eastern APA, 29 December 2014.

“Celsius and Kelvin,” workshop on conceptual revisionism, University of Oslo, Norway, 23 October 2013.

“Celsius and Kelvin,” Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, British Columbia, 09 August 2013.

“Revising Inconsistent Concepts,” (with Stewart Shapiro) Society for Exact Philosophy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 12 October 2012.

“Truth, the Liar, and Assessment-Sensitivity,” Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 12 July 2012.

“Truth, Revenge, and Internalizability,” Truth, Paradox, and Abstraction Workshop, The Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, 5 July 2011.

“Ascending and Descending Truth,” keynote for The Ohio State University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 8 May 2010.

Truthmakers for Truths about Truth,” Pacific APA, San Francisco, 1 April 2010.

“Celsius and Kelvin,” University of Sydney Winter School, Australia, 21 July 2009.

“Davidson, Interpretation, and Measurement,” University of Sydney Winter School, Australia, 20 July 2009.

“Replacing Truth,” Australasian Association of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Australia, 8 July 2009.

“Modal Logic and the Theory of Ascending and Descending Truth,” Internal Colloquium Series, The Ohio State University, 8 June 2009.

“Modal Semantics for Descending Truth,” Foundational Adventures: Conference in Honor of the 60th Birthday of Harvey M. Friedman, The Ohio State University, 17 May 2009.

“Truth Unconcealed,” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27 April 2009.

“Rationality and Pragmatics,” University of Sydney, Australia, 21 January 2009.

Brandom on Scorekeeping,” Pragmatics Workshop in Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 23 October 2008.

“Naturalism, Pragmatism, and Truth,” Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 8 May 2008.

“Defective Concepts,” University of Richmond, 28 February 2008.

“Replacing Truth,” Arché Center, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 7 December 2007.

“Replacing Truth,” Working Group in History of Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science, University of California—Berkeley, 12 September 2007.

“The Aletheic Problem,” Internal Colloquium Series, The Ohio State University, 3 August 2006.

Aletheic Vengeance,” Northwestern University, 6 January 2006.

“Risky Business: Truth and Paradoxicality,” Internal Colloquium Series, The Ohio State University, 5 August 2005.

Internalizable Semantic Theories,” Wayne State University, 6 January 2005.

Internalizable Semantic Theories,” University of Georgia, 12 January 2005.

Internalizable Semantic Theories,” The Ohio State University, 6 February 2005.

“Truth and Expressive Completeness,” Conference on the Methodology of Making It Explicit, University of Munich, 6 November 2004.

Humean Supervenience and Natural Laws,” University of California–San Diego Graduate Student Conference, 12 April 2003.

“The Analytic/Continental Divide as a Philosophical Distinction,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, 12 October 2002.

“Truth and Inferential Role Semantics,” Philosophy Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, 19 October 2001.





On Chris Kennedy’s “Numerals do not Form Horn Scales,” OSU Linguistics and Philosophy workshop on semantics for cardinals, The Ohio State University, 06 March 2014.

On Paul Saka’s “Paradox and Incompleteness,” the American Philosophical Association Eastern meeting, Baltimore, 27 December 2013.

Panel discussion on truth and conceptual engineering with Matti Eklund and Alexis Burgess, workshop on conceptual revisionism, University of Oslo, Norway, 24 October 2013.

On Chris Kennedy’s “Vagueness, Imprecision and Tolerance,” OSU Linguistics and Philosophy workshop on vagueness, The Ohio State University, 24 February 2012.

On Jason Ledington’s “Perceptual Presence,” Kentucky Philosophical Association Spring meeting, Thomas More College, 14 April 2007.



Public Events


Atheist participant in “What is the Meaning of Life?  Two Professors discuss God, Science, and the Nature of Reality” (with Satyan Devadoss), sponsored by The Veritas Forum, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 27 March 2013.  Over 1300 in attendance. Video:

Atheist participant in “Spirituality and the 21st Century College Student” (a Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and atheist panel discuss the nature of faith), sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 15 September 2014.


Awards and Honors


Visiting Fellow, Center for Time at the University of Sydney, Australia, July 2009, March 2010-July 2010.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on Pragmatic Foundations of Language and Thought, Center for Time at the University of Sydney, Australia, May 2008.  Declined.

Visiting Scholar, Arché Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Metaphysics and Epistemology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Oct. – Dec. 2007. 

Visiting Scholar, University of California—Berkeley, Sept. 2007. 

Alan Ross Anderson Fellowship in Logic, University of Pittsburgh, 2002. 


Academic Service


Referee for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Blackwell, Routledge, Springer, Polity, The Philosophical Review, Mind, Nous, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Synthese, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, Erkenntnis, American Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Review of Symbolic Logic, Philosophia Mathematica, Ergo, Thought.

Search Committee, The Ohio State University Marion, 2013.

Search Committee, The Ohio State University Marion, 2012.

Scholarship Committee, The Ohio State University Marion, 2009.

Evaluation of Non-Tenure Track Faculty Committee, The Ohio State University Marion, 2008-2014.

Technology Strategic Planning Committee, The Ohio State University Marion, 2007-2009.

Academic Affairs Committee, The Ohio State University Marion, 2007-2008.

Curriculum and Policy Consultant, Department of Philosophy, Saint Vincent College, 2003.

Junior Faculty Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2002-2003.





Dissertation Committees


Matthew Souba, Doctoral Student, Philosophy.

Daniel Miles, Doctoral Student, Linguistics.

Eric Snyder, Doctoral Student, Philosophy.

Erik Wedin, Doctoral Student, Philosophy.

Teresa Kouri, Doctoral Student, Philosophy.

Michael Miller, PhD, Philosophy, 2014.

Eric Carter, PhD, Philosophy, 2011.


General Examination Committees


Eric De Araujo, Philosophy, January 2016.

Jennifer Asselin, Philosophy, January 2016.

Stephen Sinclair, Philosophy, January 2016.

Giorgio Sbardolini, Philosophy, January 2016.

Paul David Robinson, Philosophy, January 2016.

Chulmin Yoon, Philosophy, January 2016.

Matthew Souba, Philosophy, January 2015.

Erik Wedin, Philosophy, January 2013.

Eric Snyder, Philosophy, January 2012.

Raleigh Miller, Philosophy, January 2012.

Joe Reich, Philosophy, January 2012.

Patrick Hoffman, Philosophy, January 2010.

James McGlothlin, Philosophy, January 2009.

Michael Miller, Philosophy, January 2008.

Patrick Reeder, Philosophy, January 2007.

Jesse Duarte, Philosophy, April 2006.


Senior Thesis Advising


John Conlon, Philosophy, April 2015.

Kirun Sankaran, Philosophy, January 2012.







Graduate Seminar on David Lewis (Sp-2015)

Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar on Russell’s The History of Western Philosophy (Sp-2014).

Graduate Seminar on Metametaphysics and Fundamentality (Sp-2013).

Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar on Analyticity (Sp-2012).

Graduate Seminar on Methodological Naturalism (Sp-2011).

Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar on ‘Grue’, ‘Gavagai’, and ‘Quus’ (W-2010).

Graduate Seminar on Truth (Sp-2009).

Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Sp-2008).

Graduate Seminar on Rationality, Interpretation, and Measurement (Sp-2007).


Undergraduate Courses


Science and Religion (F-2013, F-2014)

Introduction to Ethics (W-2006, W-2007, W-2008, W-2009, W-2010, W-2011, W-2012, Sp-2013).

Minds and Machines (F-2006).

Introduction to Logic (Su-2002, Su-2003, Sp-2006, Sp-2008, Sp-2009, Sp-2011, Sp-2012).

Introduction to Philosophy (Su-2000, F-2005, F-2008, F-2009, F-2010, F-2011, F-2013, F-2014).

Epistemology (F-2004, F-2005).

Social and Political Philosophy (Su-2001).

Informal Logic (Su-2000, Su-2001).


Independent Studies


Rule Following Paradox (Sp-2011, F-2012).

Inferentialism (W-2011).

Theories of Truth (W-2011, Sp-2011).

Computational Theory of Mind (W-2009).

Nietzsche (W-2008).

Heidegger, Sartre, and Foucault on Agency (Su-2007).

Rationality and Meaning (Sp-2007).

Rigid Designation (Sp-2006).

Consciousness (W-2006).


Community Outreach


Science and Religion – OSU Learning Enrichment Institute (F-2014).