H. Scott  Hestevold

H. Scott Hestevold

Professor Emeritus


  • PhD, Brown University


H. Scott Hestevold joined the department in 1978 and retired in 2018. He began teaching in 1976 when, under the auspices of the University of Tennessee Nashville (now Tennessee State University), he taught ethics at the Tennessee State Prison for Women and at the Turney Center for Youthful Offenders. From 1992 to 2006, he taught annually for the American Academy of Judicial Education, conducting AAJE ‘s seminar on “Judicial Reasoning” — a crash-course on logic for judges. Few philosophers have taught both ethics to prisoners and logic to judges. Hestevold’s primary research interests involve analytic metaphysics — in particular, problems involving objects, identity, time, and space. Regarding moral psychology, he is also interested in the nature of mercy, pity, compassion. Currently, he is under contract (with Lexington) to finish a book about the nature of location — a book about the nature of space and spacetime.”


Spring 2020 Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:00pm-3:00pm and by appointment


Selected Publications

  • “Disjunctive Desert,” American Philosophical Quarterly, 1983.
  • “The Concept of Religion,” Public Affairs Quarterly, 1991.
  • “On Passage and Persistence,” with William R. Carter, American Philosophical Quarterly, 1994.
  • “Dependent Particulars: Holes, Boundaries, and Surfaces,” in Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings, ed. by Steven D. Hales; Wadsworth, 1999.
  • “Pity,” Journal of Philosophical Research, 2004.
  • “Presentism: Through Thick and Thin,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2008.