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Ph.D., Princeton University
B.A., New College of Florida

Professor Edidin works, and teaches, widely in analytic philosophy. His research interests are focused on epistemology (the theory of knowledge), metaphilosophy (the examination of philosophical inquiry itself), and the philosophy of music, but he has also published articles on metaphysics, and on the philosophical examination of mind, of science, and of mathematics. His courses include Formal Logic; Language, Thought, and the World; Metaphysics Survey; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Music; Philosophy of Science; Theory of Knowledge; and Topics in Feminist Philosophy.

Recent Courses

Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics Survey
Language, Thought, and the World
Topics in Feminist Philosophy
Social Reality
Philosophy of Music
Formal Logic

Selected Publications

“Socio-Musical Performing Artistry”, Contemporary Aesthetics, Vol. 15 (2017),

“Listening to Musical Performers”, Contemporary Aesthetics, Vol. 13 (2015),

“Consequentialism About Historical Authenticity,” Performance Practice Review, Vol. 13 (2008),

“A Little Philosophy is a Dangerous Thing,” Florida Philosophical Review, Vol. 1 (2001),

“Artistry in Classical Musical Performance,” British Journal of Aesthetics., Vol. 34 (1997), pp. 323-335.

“Three Kinds of Recording and the Metaphysics of Music,”British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 39 (1999), pp. 24-39.

“Playing Bach His Way: Historical Authenticity, Personal Authenticity, and the Performance of Classical Music,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 32 (1998), pp. 79-91.

“Performing Compositions,” British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 34 (1997), pp. 323-335.

“Eternal Verities: Timeless Truths, Ahistorical Standards, and the One True Story,” The American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 34. No. 2 (April 1997), pp. 259-271.

“What Mathematics is About,” Philosophical Studies, Vol. 78 (1995), pp. 1-31.

“What’s an Epistemologist to Do?,” American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 31. No. 4 (October 1994), pp. 285-296.

“The Tragic View of Philosophy,” Metaphilosophy , Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (January/April 1991), pp. 50-62.

“Look What They’ve Done To My Song: ‘Historical Authenticity’ and the Aesthetics of Musical Performance,” P. A. French, T. E. Uehling, and H. K. Wettsetein, eds., Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 16: Philosophy and the Arts (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), 1991.

“Fearing For Our Mental Lives,” P. A. French, T. E. Uehling, and H. K. Wettsetein, eds., Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 12: Realism and Antirealism (Minneapolis; University of Minnesota Press), 1988, pp. 335-360.

“Peirce Meets Kuhn: The Verificationist Theory of Truth Without a Fixed Methodology of Verification,” in Nicholas Rescher, ed. Scientific Inquiry in Philosophical Perspective (New York; University Press of America), 1987.

“Philosophy: Just Like Science Only Different,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 45 No. 4 (June 1985), pp. 537-552.

“A Priori Knowledge for Fallibilists,” Philosophical Studies, Vol.46 (1984), pp. 189-197.