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About Dennis Whitcomb

Dennis Whitcomb (PhD, Rutgers) is Professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University. His writings cover a range of topics in epistemology broadly construed: knowledge, justification, wisdom, intellectual humility, curiosity, epistemic value, and the ethics of belief. These writings have appeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Synthese, and Philosophical Quarterly among other venues. He is co-editor of Social Epistemology: Essential Readings (OUP 2011). His most recent work, which focuses on the speech act of question-asking, connects epistemology to the philosophy of language.


Present Professor, Western Washington University Department of Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests


2012 - 2012 Development grant for the “Strand” program
Western Washington Universiy
Colleague(s): Johann Neem and Emily Borda
2011 - 2011 Summer Teaching Grant
Western Washington Universiy
2008 - 2009 Summer Teaching Grant
Western Washington Universiy
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 Organizer, Perspectives on Curiosity Conference
2009 Organizer, Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference
Referee, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Referee, Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Boise State University, Canadian Philosophical Association
Referee, Episteme, Erkenntnis, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Journal of Philosophical Research
Referee, Mind, Mind and Language, Nous, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophers’ Imprint
Referee, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Western Canada Philosophical Association, and Wiley-Blackwell.
Referee, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy of Science
Referee, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Synthese, Teaching Philosophy,
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Honors and Awards

  • Younger Scholars Prize in Philosophical Theology, 2010
  • Young Philosophers’ Prize, 2010
  • Emily B. Sellon Fellowship, 2006-07
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 2001-04, 05-06


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction: Knowledge and Reality
  • Introduction: Moral Issues
  • Current Moral and Social Issues
  • Logical Thinking
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Art


2007 Ph.D., Rutgers University
2001 B.S., Kansas State University

Contact Information

Office address:

Bond Hall 301b
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Wa 98225

Office phone: 350-650-4864