Jeffrey Roland

Jeffrey Roland

Associate Professor

Ph.D.: Philosophy (with concentration in mathematics), Cornell University, 2005

Phone: (225) 578-2388
Office: 108 Coates


Jeffrey Roland received his Ph.D. in philosophy, with a concentration in mathematics, from Cornell University in 2005 after joining the philosophy faculty at LSU in 2004.


Areas of Interest

Dr. Roland teaches courses primarily in logic and epistemology and occasionally in philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. His research focuses on issues in the philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science, particularly concerning the nature and scope of philosophical naturalism and the prospects for a realist philosophy of mathematics. His publications include articles in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. He is currently working on a book defending mathematical realism, tentatively titled (originally enough) A Defense of Mathematical Realism.

Courses Offered:

  • PHIL 1021 Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 2010 Symbolic Logic I
  • PHIL 4010 Symbolic Logic II
  • PHIL 4011 Topics in Advanced Logic
  • PHIL 3950 Introduction to Epistemology
  • PHIL 4914 Philosophy of Language


Awards and Honors

  • Manship Summer Research Award, LSU, 2013
  • Manship Summer Research Award, LSU, 2012
  • Assistant Professor Summer Research Grant, LSU, HSS, 2011
  • Robert Udick Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, LSU, HSS, 2007
  • LSU Council on Research Summer Research Stipend, 2007


Selected Publications

  • “On Naturalism in the Quinean Tradition.” Pages 43–61 in Philosophical Methodology: The Armchair or the Laboratory? Edited by Matthew C. Haug. Routledge, 2013.
  • “Safety and the True–True Problem.” With Jon Cogburn.  Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (2013): 246–267.
  • "On Naturalizing the Epistemology of Mathematics.” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2009): 63–97.
  • “Kitcher, Mathematics, and Naturalism.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (2008): 481–97.
  • “Kitcher and the Obsessive Unifier.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2008): 493–506.
  • “Maddy and Mathematics: Naturalism or Not.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58 (2007): 423–50.