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Name: Jeremy Barris
Title: Professor
Office: Harris Hall 404
Phone: 304-696-2704
Expert: Not an expert in anything, but think a lot about meaning, being, knowledge, logic, political principles, the access to truth given by humor and style, and sexual orientation theory

Research Based:
Book Reviews:

(1997). Review of Derrida, Archive Fever, and Caputo, Deconstruction in a Nutshell. Philosophy in Review, XVII, 5.

Conference Presentations:

(2013). Rhetoric as engagement with being. West Virginia Philosophical Society, Marshall University.

(2005). Oscar Wilde and the logic of pluralism. West Virginia Philosophical Society, Marshall University.

(2002). Political epistemology. West Virginia Philosophical Society, Marshall University.



(2015). Sometimes Always True: Undogmatic Pluralism in Politics, Metaphysics, and Epistemology. Fordham University Press.

(2009). The Crane's Walk; Plato, Pluralism, and the Inconstancy of Truth. Fordham University Press.

(2003). Paradox and the Possibility of Knowledge: The Example of Psychoanalysis. Susquehanna University Press.

(1990). God and Plastic Surgery: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and the Obvious: A Book. Autonomedia.


(2015). Co-author, with Paul Turner. Teaching Early Modern Philosophy as a Bridge between Causal or Naturalistic and Conceptual Thought. Metaphilosophy, 46(3), 326-343.

(2015). Metaphysics, deep pluralism, and paradoxes of informal logic. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 23(1), 59-84, or

(2014). Dreams as a meta-conceptual or existential experience. Philosophia, 42(3), 625-644, or

(2014). The nature and possibility of public philosophy. Essays in Philosophy, 15(1), Article 2, 5-18:

(2012). The convergent conceptions of being in mainstream analytic and postmodern continental philosophy. Metaphilosophy, 43(5), 592-618.

(2012). The logical character of dreams and their relation to reality. In Deirdre Barrett and Patrick McNamara, eds., Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams, Greenwood Publishers, 394-397.

(2011). Co-author, with Jeffrey Ruff. Thoughts on wisdom and its relation to critical reasoning, multiculturalism, and global awareness. Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, 31 (1), 5-20:

(2010). The logical structure of dreams and their relation to reality. Dreaming, 20(1), 1-18.

(2009). How to be properly unnatural: Nature, essences, and the metaphysics of heterosexual normativity. Review Journal of Political Philosophy, 7(1), 75-94.

(2009). Co-author, with Jeffrey Ruff. The sound of one House clapping: The unmannerly doctor as Zen rhetorician. In Henry O. Jacoby, ed., House and Philosophy, Blackwell. Reprinted in William Irwin and David Kyle Johnson, eds., Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture, Blackwell, 2010.

(2008). The formal structure of metaphysics and The Importance of Being Earnest. Metaphilosophy, 39(4-5), 546-570.

(2008). Epistemology and the civil union of sense and self-contradiction: A coordinated solution to the shared problems of political and mainstream epistemology. Pli, 19, 78-99.

(2008). Plato is my dog, yo! Dogs, love, and truth. Philosophy Now, 67, 6-7, or

(2008). _Lost_ and the problem of life after birth. In Sharon M. Kaye, ed., Lost and Philosophy. Blackwell. Revised and reprinted in revised and expanded edition, 2010.

(2007). An internal connection between logic and rhetoric, and a legitimate foundation for knowledge. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 40(4), 353-371.

(2007). The power of homophobic labeling: A post-structuralist psychoanalytic and marxist explanation. Radical Psychology, 6(1):

(2006). On reading and re-reading the history of metaphysics: The necessary inconclusiveness of Heideggerian interpretation. Existentia, XVI(3-4), 243-254.

(2006). The problem of comparing different cultural or theoretical frameworks: Davidson, Rorty, and the nature of truth. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 18(2), 124-143.

(2005). Oscar Wilde's artificiality and the logic of genuine pluralism. Contemporary Justice Review, 8(2), 193-209.

(2005). Plato, Spider-Man, and the meaning of life. In Jeff McLaughlin, ed., Comics As Philosophy. University Press of Mississippi.

(1997). That Foucault justifies truth and ideology critique. Quarterly Journal of Ideology, 20(3-4), 61-98.

(1996). The foundation in truth of rhetoric and formal logic. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 29(4), 314-328.


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