Samuel Z. Elgin

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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego – where I have taught since 2020.

My research interests lie at the intersection of metaphysics and logic. I have written papers that apply recent developments in truth-maker semantics to puzzles concerning property identity, reduction, epistemic closure and question-begging. More recently, my research uses tools in higher-order logic to investigate the nature of definition. I have also written on the philosophy of mathematics and the essence of knowledge.

I typically teach large lecture classes on ethics and political philosophy – as well as a seminar on critical reasoning. Previously, I also taught formal logic.

My cv is accessible here. My email address is Feel free to reach out to me at any point; I always value comments and feedback on my work.