Graduate Training

I pursued my studies in philosophy at Brown University from 1997 - 2003, where I received my A.M. in 1999 and my Ph.D. in 2003 for a thesis on the epistemology of testimony.  I wrote my dissertation, entitled "The Reasons Others Give Us: The Norms of Assertion Account of the Epistemic Status of Testimony," under the direction of Ernest Sosa (advisor), Jaegwon Kim, and James Van Cleve.  

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Teaching History

I have been a member of the Department of Philosophy at Lafayette College since 2003, and received tenure in 2010.  Before arriving at Lafayette, I taught philosophy at Brown University, Connecticut College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor of Philosophy

Joseph H. Shieber

I have research interests in epistemology, philosophy of language, the history of modern philosophy, and the history of 20th century analytic philosophy.

I have been a regular Monday columnist at 3Quarksdaily since 2018.

Early Background

In 1991 I earned my B.A. in literature from Yale University, where I was a member of the Whiffenpoofs of 1991. From 1993 - 1997 I was enrolled in a double-degree program in mathematics and philosophy, with minors in psychology and sociology, at the Freie Universität Berlin, serving as a graduate teaching assistant for Professor Albrecht Wellmer.  ​