Adam C. Pelser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
United States Air Force Academy
Contact InformationBusiness Address:
2354 Fairchild Dr. Suite 1A35
Department of Philosophy
US Air Force Academy, CO 80840-6208
Office Phone: (719) 333-8639
Areas of Specialization
Ethics, Moral Psychology (esp. Emotion and Character), Philosophy of Religion
Areas of Competence
Epistemology, Professional and Applied Ethics
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
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
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:
“The Courage of Faith” Philosophia Christi 16, 2 (Winter 2014, forthcoming).
“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.
“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.
Invited Book Chapters and Articles:
“Religious Value and Moral Psychology,” with co-author Robert C. Roberts, in Handbook of Value, ed. Tobias Brosch and David Sander (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
“Emotion, Evaluative Perception, and Epistemic Justification,” in Emotion and Value, ed. Sabine Roeser and Cain Todd (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014), 106–122.
“When Love Turns to Anger,” with co-author Daniel M. Johnson, in Anger, Christian Reflection: A series in faith and ethics (Waco, TX: The Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University, 2014): 73–80.
“Reliabilism,” New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi, 4 vols. (Detroit: Gale, 2013).
Review of Julien A. Deonna and Fabrice Teroni, The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction (New York: Routledge, 2012), Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming).
(† indicates invited presentation)
† “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
“Emotion and Moral Knowledge,” 2011 National Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, San Francisco, CA, November 16-18, 2011
“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, 2010APA Pacific Graduate Student Paper Award
“Emotion and the Value of Understanding,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2, 2010APA 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
“Too Much Information: The High Metaphysical Price of a Neo-Aristotelian Account of Perception,” Society of Christian Philosophers Eastern Regional Meeting, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, March 12, 2010
“Seeing is Not Believing: A Case for Modifying Reid’s Analysis of Perception,” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 19, 2010APA Central Graduate Student Paper Award
† “Foley, Frankfurt, and Failures of Rationality,” 5th Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, San Antonio, TX, February 4-6, 2010
“Getting to Know the Unknowable: The Value of Philosophical Theology on Alston’s Divine Mystery Thesis,” Society of Christian Philosophers Central Regional Meeting, Oklahoma Baptist University, April 23-25, 2009
“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, 2009APA 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
“Augustine Against Skepticism,” 41st Annual Meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association, Denton, TX, April 12, 2008
Referee for The Philosophical Quarterly, Mind, Philosophical Psychology, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Awards and Fellowships
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