Dr. H. Scott Hestevold

H. Scott Hestevold

Professor / Undergraduate Advisor

Office Hours

Fall 2017:

Tuesday and Thursdays 9:30-10:30AM or by appointment.


H. Scott Hestevold, professor, joined the department in 1978. His primary research interests involve analytic metaphysics — in particular, problems involving identity, time, and space. He is also interested in the nature of mercy, pity, compassion, and other such concepts related to moral psychology. He is currently working on essays about stage theories of persistence, space, compassion, and mercy.

Professor Hestevold 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.


PhD, Brown University

Representative 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.