Josh DiPaolo

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Joshua DiPaolo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy


2016, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2010, MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2008, BA, California State University Northridge

Research Areas

Epistemology, Ethics, Metaethics, Philosophy of Religion

Courses Regularly Taught

Phil 430 Epistemology
Phil 368 Symbolic Logic

Phil 320 Contemporary Moral Problems
Phil 303 Philosophy of Science
Phil 120 Introduction to Ethics

Phil 106 Introduction to Logic
Phil 100 Introduction to Philosophy


  • "I'm, Like, A Really Smart Person" On Self-Licensing and Perils of Reflection. Oxford Studies in Epistemology. (forthcoming)
    • 2021 Marc Sanders Prize in Epistemology Runner-Up
  • Is Radicalization Becoming a Fanatic? A Historical Inquiry. In Bruno, G. A. & J. Vlastis (eds.) Transformation and the History of Philosophy.  New York: Routledge. (forthcoming)
  • Who Knows What? Epistemic Dependence, Inquiry, and Function-First Epistemology. Inquiry (forthcoming)
  • What's Wrong with Epistemic Trespassing? Philosophical Studies  (forthcoming)
  • The Word of a Reluctant Convert. Synthese 198(1) (2021): 557-582. 
  • Conversion, Causes, and Closed-Mindedness. Journal of the American Philosophical Association  6(1) (2020):  74-95.
  • The Fragile Epistemology of Fanaticism. In Klenk, M. (ed.) Higher-Order Evidence and Moral Epistemology.  New York: Routledge. (2020): 217-235. 
  • Second-Best Epistemology: Fallibility and Normativity.  Philosophical Studies 176(8) (2019): 2043-2066.
  • Evidence and Fallibility. Episteme 16(1) (2019): 39-55.
  • Higher-Order Defeat is Object-Independent. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99(2) (2018): 248-269. 
  • Indoctrination Anxiety and the Etiology of Belief (w/ Robert Simpson). Synthese 193 (2016): 3078-3098.
  • Probabilistic Promotion Revisited (w/ Jeff Behrends). Philosophical Studies 173(7) (2016): 1735-1754.
  • Reason to Promotion Inferences (w/ Jeff Behrends). Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 9(2) (2015): 1-10.
  • Finlay and Schroeder on Promoting a Desire (w/ Jeff Behrends). Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy  6(1) (2011): 1-7.