Adam C. Pelser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
United States Air Force Academy

Contact Information

Business Address:
2354 Fairchild Dr. Suite 1A35
Department of Philosophy 
US Air Force Academy, CO 80840-6208
Office Phone: (719) 333-8639
Email: adam.pelser@usafa.edu

Areas of Specialization
           
            Ethics, Moral Psychology (esp. Emotion and Character), Philosophy of Religion

Areas of Competence

Epistemology, Professional and Applied Ethics

Employment

August 2013–Present Assistant Professor of Philosophy, United States Air Force Academy
July 2012–June 2013 Teacher-Scholar Post-doctoral Fellow, The Character Project, Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
August 2011–May 2012 Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma
           
Education

Ph.D. Philosophy, Baylor University, 2011

M.A. Philosophy, Baylor University, 2009
M.A. Religion, Wake Forest University, 2007
B.A. Philosophy, Biola University, 2003

Publications

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Religious Value and Moral Psychology,” with co-author Robert C. Roberts, in Handbook of Value: Perspectives from Economics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology, ed. Tobias Brosch and David Sander (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015), 375–394.

“Respect for Human Dignity as an Emotion and Virtue,” Res Philosophica (special issue on Virtue and the Emotions) 92, 4 (2015): 743–763.

“Perceiving God through Natural Beauty,” with co-author Ryan West, Faith and Philosophy 32, 3 (2015): 293–312.

“Emotion, Evaluative Perception, and Epistemic Justification,” in Emotion and Value, ed. Sabine Roeser and Cain Todd (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 106–122.

“The Courage of Faith: Kierkegaardian Reflection on the Spiritual Danger of Enjoying Finite Goods,” Philosophia Christi 16, 2 (2014): 377–393.

“Foundational Beliefs and Persuading with Humor: Reflections Inspired by Reid and Kierkegaard,” with co-author Daniel M. Johnson, Faith and Philosophy 31, 3 (2014): 267–285.

“Irrigating Deserts: Thinking with C.S. Lewis about Educating for Emotional Formation,” Christian Scholar’s Review 44, 1 (2014): 27–43.

“Reliabilism,” New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy, vol. 4, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi (Detroit: Gale, 2013), 1331–1332.

“Against Frankfurt’s Care Ground of Importance,” Southwest Philosophy Review 27, 1 (2011): 101–09.

“Belief in Reid’s Theory of Perception,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 27, 4 (2010): 359–78.

Book Reviews:

Review of Peter Olsthoorn, Honor in Political and Moral Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2014), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 6, 34 (2015). [available online here]

Review of Julien A. Deonna and Fabrice Teroni, The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction (New York: Routledge, 2012), Journal of Moral Philosophy 12, 2 (2015): 239–242.

Selected Presentations
(† indicates invited presentation)

“Respect as an Intellectual Virtue,” 4th Annual Conference of the Center for Christian Thought, Biola University, La Mirada, CA, May 8-9, 2015

“What Temptation Is: A moral-psychological sketch,” 3rd Annual Conference of the Center for Christian Thought, Biola University, La Mirada, CA, May 9-10, 2014
 
† “Nelson Mandela and the Virtue of Respect for Human Dignity,” National Character and Leadership Symposium Scholars Panel, USAF Academy, CO, February 2014

† Comments on Brent Kyle’s “Ignorance, Skepticism, and Knowledge Closure,” 67th Annual Mountain Plains Philosophy Conference, USAF Academy, CO, October 3-5, 2013

“The Courage of Faith,” Society of Christian Philosophers Midwest Regional Conference, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY, April 4-6, 2013

† Comments on Iskra Fileva’s “The Sources of Passivity: Why, if at all, is Character not up to Us?” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Atlanta, GA, December 27-30, 2012

 “Forming the Heart: On Educating for Emotional Wisdom,” 2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University, Waco, TX, October 27-29, 2011

“Emotion and Epistemic Justification,” Moral Emotions and Intuitions conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, May 25-27, 2011

 “Against Frankfurt’s Care Ground of Importance,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 20-23, 2011; also presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 2010

  • APA Pacific Graduate Student Paper Award

 “Emotion and the Value of Understanding,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2, 2010

  • APA Pacific Graduate Student Paper Award

“Foundational Beliefs and Persuading with Humor: Reflections Inspired by Reid and Kierkegaard,” with co-author Daniel M. Johnson, Annual Conference of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow, Scotland, March 21-26, 2010

 “Seeing is Not Believing: A Case for Modifying Reid’s Analysis of Perception,” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 19, 2010

  • APA Central Graduate Student Paper Award

“Emotional Wisdom as Intellectual Virtue in Aristotle’s Ethics,” Society of Christian Philosophers Eastern Regional Meeting, Assumption College, Worcester, MA, March 28, 2009

“Emotional Knowledge: Emotion as a Basic Source of Justification,” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 20, 2009

  • APA Central Graduate Student Paper Award

“The Temptations, Desires, and Sympathy of Christ,” Society of Christian Philosophers Central Regional Meeting, Union University, Jackson, TN, May 10, 2008

“Does Punishment Preclude Forgiveness?” Society of Christian Philosophers Eastern Regional Meeting, April 19, 2008; also presented at the Christian Scholars Forum, UT Austin, April 5, 2008

Professional and Institutional Service

Referee for The Philosophical Quarterly, Mind, Philosophical Psychology, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy

Member of the Ethics and Respect for Human Dignity Outcome Team, spring 2015–present

Associate Air Officer Commanding for Academics (AAOCA) for class of 2019 cadets

New Faculty Learning Community Mentor, summer–fall 2015

Awards and Fellowships

Winner of the 2015 Res Philosophica Essay Prize
USAFA Outstanding Academy Educator Award, 2015
Teacher-Scholar Post-doctoral Fellowship in Philosophy, The Character Project, 2012-2013
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Graduate Student Paper Awards (2), 2010 and 2011
American Philosophical Association Central Division Graduate Student Paper Awards (2), 2009 and 2010
Baylor University Dean’s Scholarship, 2007-2011
Baylor University Graduate Assistantship, 2007-2011
Wake Forest University Graduate Scholarship, 2005-2007
Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Honors Society of Biola University, inducted 2003


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