Kevin Scharp




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I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Washington University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1996. I decided on a career in philosophy late in my undergraduate career, so after graduation I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend the master’s program in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. I wrote my thesis on William James with Robert Schwartz as my advisor. Upon completion, I was undecided on whether I wanted to focus on analytic or continental philosophy.  Instead of choosing between them, I decided on the PhD program at Northwestern, which, at that time, was strong in both traditions. While at Northwestern I settled on analytic philosophy, but by then, the analytic wing of the department had collapsed. I transferred to the University of Pittsburgh, where I wrote a dissertation under the supervision of Robert Brandom.  Once the dissertation was defended in 2005, I took a position as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.  In 2010, I was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2014 promoted to Full Professor.


My partner, Alison Duncan Kerr, and I live in Columbus, Ohio.  When we’re not doing philosophy, we love to play in the outdoors, including hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, and climbing.  Our son, Jasper, was born in April 2011.