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John Welch, Ph.D.

Division of Humanities


  • Ph.D. (Boston University)
  • M.A. (Boston University)
  • B.A. (Saint Louis University)

Practice Areas

Decision Theory

Publications and Media Placements

“Referential Inscrutability: Coming to Terms without It,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (1984), 263-273.

“Apuntes sobre el pensamiento matemático de Ramón Llull,” Theoria 4 (1989), 451-459.

“Corporate Agency and Reduction,” The Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1989), 409-424.

Llull and Leibniz: The Logic of Discovery,” Catalan Review 4 (1990), 75-83.

“Reconstructing Aristotle: The Practical Syllogism,” Philosophia 21 (1991), 69-88.

“Responsabilidad colectiva y reduccionismo,” Pensamiento 48 (1992), 49-68.

“La antiteoría y la filosofía del Renacimiento,” Cuadernos Salmantinos de Filosofía 20 (1993), 173-178.

Science and Ethics: Toward a Theory of Ethical Value,” Journal for General Philosophy of Science 25 (1994), 279-292.

“Hacia una lógica de analogía,” Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía 20 (1994), 161-167.

Review of Animal Minds and Human Morals, by Richard Sorabji, Philosophia, 25 (1996-97), 473-480.

“Analogy in Ethics: Pragmatics and Semantics,” in The Role of Pragmatics in Contemporary Philosophy, ed. Paul Weingartner et al. (Kirchberg am Wechsel: die Österreichische Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft, 1997), Vol. II, pp. 1016-1021.

Review of Rethinking the Rhetorical Tradition: From Plato to Postmodernism, by James L. Kastely, Philosophy in Review, 17 (1997), 262-264.

Singular Analogy and Quantitative Inductive Logics,” Theoria 14 (May 1999), 207-247.

“Two Types of Moral Dilemma,” in The Future of Value Inquiry, ed. Matti Häyry and Tuija Takala (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2001), pp. 75-81.

"Cleansing the Doors of Perception: Aristotle on Induction," in Greek Philosophy and Epistemology, vol. II, ed. Konstantine Boudouris (Athens: International Association for Greek Philosophy, 2001), pp. 204-213.

Ethics and Perplexity, Javier Muguerza, ed. John R. Welch (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2004).

Memory of the West, Reyes Mate, ed. John R. Welch (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2004).

“Gruesome Predicates,” in Confirmation, Empirical Progress, and Truth Approximation, ed. Roberto Festa, Atocha Aliseda, Jeanne Peijnenburg (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2005).

Vagueness and Inductive Molding,” Synthese 154 (2007), 147-172.

Review of The Art and Logic of Ramón Llull: A User’s Guide, by Anthony Bonner, Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (2009), 313–314.

Other Voices: Readings in Spanish Philosophy, ed. John R. Welch (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).

"Decision Theory and Cognitive Choice," European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (2011), 147-172.

"Real-Life Decisions and Decision Theory," in Handbook of Risk Theory, ed. Sabine Roeser, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Per Sandin, Martin Peterson (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012), pp. 545–573.

New Tools for Theory Choice and Theory Diagnosis,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44 (2013), 318–329.

"Plausibilistic Coherence," Synthese 191 (2014), 2239–2253.

Moral Strata: Another Approach to Reflective Equilibrium (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014).

"Conclusions as Hedged Hypotheses," in Argumentation, Objectivity, and Bias, ed. Patrick Bondy and Laura Benacquista (Windsor: University of Windsor Press, 2016).

"Coping with Ethical Uncertainty," Diametros 53 (2017), 150-166. Co-winner of the international essay prize competition sponsored by the National Science Centre, Poland.

"Credence for Conclusions: A Brief for Jeffrey's Rule," Synthese (2018).