Erik A. Anderson
Department of Philosophy
Ph.D. University of Connecticut (2001)
M.A. University of Connecticut (1995)
B.A. University of Puget Sound (1991)
Areas of Specialization:
Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion
Areas of Competence:
Ethics, Introductory Logic, Epistemology
Office: Furman Hall 125B
Office Hours (spring 2013): Tuesdays, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm and by appointment.
Phone: (864) 294-3278
News and Announcements
- An essay by Erik Anderson on religion in the public square is being published in a special issue of Philosophia devoted to the theme "The Virtue of Justice." The essay will feature responses by Nicholas Wolterstorff and Christopher Eberle.
spring 2013 courses
- PHL 101-01 - Introduction to Philosophy
- PHL 350-01 - Epistemology
- Erik A. Anderson, "A Defense of the 'Sterility Objection' to the New Natural Lawyers' Argument against Same-Sex Marriage," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (forthcoming).
- Erik A. Anderson, "Religiously Conservative Citizens and the Ideal of Conscientious Engagement," Philosophia (forthcoming in special issue on "The Virtue of Justice").
- Erik A. Anderson, "The Paradox of Public Secularism: A Critical Assessment of Robert Audi's Religious Commitment and Secular Reason," Faith and Philosophy 23(2), 2006: 137-55.
- Erik A. Anderson, "Public Reason, State Neutrality, and the Recognition of Religious Differences under the Establishment Clause," in Civility and its Discontents: Essays on Civic Virtue, Toleration, and Cultural Fragmentation, ed. Christine Sistare (University of Kansas Press, 2004).
- Erik A. Anderson, "Group Rights, Autonomy, and the Free Exercise of Religion," in Groups and Group Rights, ed. Christine Sistare, Larry May, and Leslie Francis (University of Kansas Press, 2001).
- "State Neutrality, Public Reason, and the Establishment Clause," The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Law (Fall 2000).
Selected Recent and Upcoming Presentations
- "Not Natural Enough: Why the Contemporary Natural Law Argument against Homosexual Acts and Same-Sex Marriage Fails," Eastern Regional Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Fordham University, 2011.
- "Giving the Wrongdoer His Due: A Commentary on 'Justice, Obligations, Rights, and Forgiveness: A Kierekgaardian Response to Wolterstorff'," by Ben Arbour and Jay Howell, Midwest Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Hope College, 2011.
- "Can an Atheist Believe in Human Rights?" North American Society of Social Philosophy, University of Victoria, 2006.
Honors and Awards
- Participant in Associated College of the South Teaching and Learning Workshop, 2011.
- Recipient of Furman Humanities Development Fund Grant, 2011.
- Participant, "Liberty in International Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives," 2005.
- Participant, "Law, Command, and Authority in Thomas Aquinas," Notre Dame, 2005.
- Postdoctoral Fellow, The Center on Religion and Democracy, The University of Virgina, 2003-2004.
- Lilly Faculty Fellow, Fumrna University, 2002-2003.
- Pew Younger Scholar, St. Edward's University, 1999.
Works in Progress
- I am currently working on a book manuscript dealing with Natural Law theory and the contemporary debates concerning homosexuality and same-sex marriage.