Sam Cowling

Sam Cowling

John and Christine Warner Chair
Associate Professor
Chair of Philosophy
Position Type
- Present

Sam Cowling joined the Philosophy Department at Denison University in 2013. He received his B.A. from the University of Victoria (2004), his M.A. from the University of Manitoba (2005), and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011).

Dr. Cowling’s research focuses on metaphysics and the philosophy of science. He has published articles in Analysis, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. His book, Abstract Entities (Routledge, 2017), is a critical assessment of contemporary debates over the existence and nature of abstract entities like numbers, meanings, and possibilities. His current projects include papers on abstract entities, modality, resemblance, and the nature of theoretical virtues like simplicity and elegance. In addition to his areas of research, Dr. Cowling teaches courses on logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and the history of analytic philosophy.

B.A. University of Victoria (2004), M.A. University of Manitoba (2005), Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011)