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Ernest Sosa Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Ernest Sosa is a philosopher. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburg in 1964. He began his career in 1963 at the University of Western Ontario, then accepted an appointment at Brown in 1964. Professor Sosa has taught a wide range of philosophy courses at Brown. He has published numerous articles in journals of philosophy, and has edited collections.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

Professor Sosa's area of interest and specialization include epistemology (skepticism, virtue epistemology, moral epistemology, externalism/internalism, foundationalism/coherentism, contextualism, imagination, intuitions, the a priori, truth) and metaphysics (realism/antirealism, truth, personal identity).

research statement

Currently I am preparing my 2005 Locke Lectures for publication. These develop in six chapters my approach to epistemology in terms of intellectual virtues and a distinction between animal knowledge and reflective knowledge.

funded research

My research is conducted through solitary thought, and through discussion with our graduate students in dissertation workshops and seminars, and through presentations at conferences and colloquia nationally and internationally. Accordingly, I have not applied for external research funds in decades.

A short summary of past funding awards, however, include grants or fellowships from the Canada Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Exxon Educational Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.