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Dennis Earl

Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Spring 2024 Office Hours
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 2:00 - 3:00pm
Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:15 - 3:00pm
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Dennis Earl received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2002. He specializes in metaphysics, especially as it pertains to issues regarding conceptual analysis and definition. He teaches courses in metaphysics, philosophy of science, logic, early modern philosophy, and business ethics. He joined CCU’s faculty in 2002.


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder (2002)
B.S., Philosophy, North Carolina State University (1992)

Selected Publications

Earl, D. (2022). Two years of specifications grading in philosophy. Teaching Philosophy45(1), pp. 23–64. (DOI: 10.5840/teachphil20211118154)

Earl, D. (2020). Wilderness as a quasi-natural historical kind. Ethics & the Environment25(2), pp. 1–28. (DOI: 10.2979/ethicsenviro.25.2.01)

Earl, D. (2015). “The four-sentence paper: A template for considering objections and replies.” Teaching Philosophy 38 (1), 49–76. (DOI: 10.5840/teachphil20151730)

Earl, D. (2014). “Supervaluationist entailment and definitions.” Conceptus 40 (98), 1–12. (DOI: 10.1515/cpt-2014-0003)

Earl, D. (2011). “Ontology and the paradox of future generations.” Public Reason 3 (1), 60–72.

Earl, D. (2011). “Divine intimacy and the problem of horrendous evil.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (1), 17–28. (DOI: 10.1007/s11153-010-9233-x)

Teaching Areas

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Early Modern Philosophy, Business Ethics, Logic

Research Areas


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