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Keith DeRose

Allison Foundation Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

office: 410 Connecticut Hall
(up the north staircase of the building)

I’ve been a member of the Yale Philosophy department since the fall of 1998.  I did my undergraduate work at Calvin College (1980-84), graduating with a major in philosophy, and did my graduate studies at UCLA, receiving my Ph.D. in philosophy in 1990.  I then taught in the philosophy departments at New York University (1990-1993) and at Rice University (1993-1998) before coming to Yale.  My primary areas of research and interest are epistemology (especially skepticism), philosophy of language (especially epistemological language and also conditionals), history of modern philosophy (especially Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Reid) and philosophy of religion (especially the problem of evil and religious epistemology).

  • For a list of my philosophical publications, and other info, see my CV.
  • For a list of my philosophy papers that are available on-line, click here.
  • Pages for classes I am teaching or have taught are here.
  • See the sidebar to the left for other material available on this site.
I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right, then, I’ll go to hell.” -Huckleberry Finn

I scanned this drawing, by E.W. Kemble, from the 1885 edition (New York: Charles L. Webster and Company) of Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, p. 271.  To see the other drawings by Kemble from the first edition (and another scanning of “Thinking”), see Virginia H. Cope’s Huckleberry Finn site at the University of Virginia.


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