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 Jason  Waller

Jason Waller

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office: 3734 - Coleman Hall
Email: jwaller@eiu.edu

Dr. Waller teaches courses in Modern Philosophy, Legal Philosophy, Ethics, and Social and Political Philosophy (including Gender and Sexuality.)


Ph.D., Purdue University (Philosophy) 2009
M.A., Purdue University (Philosophy) 2006
B.A., Kent State University (Philosophy, Classics, English, with Honors) 2004

Selected Publications

I.  Books:

1.  Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Spinoza on Politics (Routledge: 2016) with Daniel Frank.

2.  Persistence through Time in Spinoza (Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield: 2012)

II. Scholarly Articles:

Spinoza on Conatus and Persistence Through Time,” Journal of Philosophical Research (37) 2012: 51-72.

Spinoza on the Illusion of Temporal Passage,” Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly (59) 2010: 47-62.

Spinoza on the Incoherence of Self-Destruction,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17(3) 2009: 507-523.

Spinoza’s Attributes and the ‘Intermediate’ Distinctions of Henry of Ghent and Duns Scotus,” Florida Philosophical Review 9(1) 2009: 91-105.

“Wittgenstein and Communicating with an Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI),” Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations (7) 2008: 229 - 240.

“Defending a Purely Biological Interpretation of ‘Form of Life’ as used in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations,” Analysis and Metaphysics(6) 2007: 431 - 451.

III.  Works in Progress:

1.  Did God Make the Multiverse?  God, Fine-Tuning, and the Multiverse Objection

This book examines two questions.  First, whether a version of the multiverse objection to the Fine-Tuning Argument can be made which does not itself beg the question by fine-tuning the multiverse for the inclusion of life-evolving universes.  To this question, I argue in Part 1 that such a version of the multiverse objection can be made (with the help of mathematician Bob Milnikel).  Second, I examine whether a new version of the Cosmic Fine-Tuning Argument for God can be revived in light of this objection.  To this question, I argue in Part II that there is a way of reformulating the Cosmic Fine-Tuning Argument for God such that it's success does not depend upon whether or not our universe exists as part of a multiverse.

2.  Sex and Love:  A Guide for the Perplexed (with Rebecca Lloyd Waller)

This book is a succinct and compassionate introduction to the Philosophy of Sex and Love.  The purpose of this book is to help the reader to develop his/her own ideas on the meaning and nature of human love and sexuality.  This book covers five major questions:  What is Romantic Love?  What is Sexuality?  Who Can I Have Sex With?  What Kinds of Sex Can I Have?  Is There a Spiritual Dimension to Human Sexuality?  The text summarized and then evaluates key arguments on each of these questions, but leaves a final decision up to the reader.

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