Russell Marcus

Russell Marcus
Russell Marcus

Associate Professor of Philosophy

202 College Hill Road, Room 210

Russell Marcus teaches logic and modern philosophy, as well as philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics, his main area of research. Recently, his work has focused on the role of intuition in philosophy, especially in the philosophy of mathematics, and he teaches a course on the subject, Intuitions and Philosophy.  Marcus also works on Descartes’s epistemology, and has published articles on philosophical pedagogy.

In 2015, he published a monograph, Autonomy Platonism and the Indispensability Argument (Lexington). In 2016, he published a co-edited compendium, An Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics (Bloomsbury). A logic book, developed in conjunction with his classes and students at Hamilton, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Before Hamilton, Marcus taught philosophy at Queens College, Hofstra University and the College of Staten Island, and high school mathematics in New York City and in Costa Rica. He received a doctorate from City University of New York.

Recent Courses Taught

Modern Philosophy
The Language Revolution
Senior Seminar: Wittgenstein


  • Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, May 2016
  • Class of 1966 Career Development Awards, Summer 2011 and Summer 2014
  • The John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, May 2011

Selected Publications

  • “The Eleatic and the Indispensabilist,” Theoria 30.3 (2015): 415–430.
  • “The Holistic Presumptions of the Indispensability Argument,” Synthese 191.15: 3575-3594, 2014. doi: 10.1007/s11229-014-0481-7
  • “On Reading the History of Philosophy: Comments on David Concepción’s ‘Reading Philosophy with Background Knowledge and Metacognition’.” In Recognizing Teaching Excellence: The Lenssen Prize, edited by Emily Esch, Kevin Hermberg, and Rory Kraft, published by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers in cooperation with the Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014.
  • “How Not to Enhance the Indispensability Argument,” Philosophia Mathematica 22.3: 345-360, 2014. doi: 10.1093/philmat/nku004.
  • “Intrinsic Explanation and Field’s Dispensabilist Strategy,” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 21.2: 163-183, May 2013.
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  • Review of Kenneth Harrelson, The Ontological Argument from Descartes to Hegel, The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 10.1, Fall 2010: 11-13.
  • Autonomy Platonism and the Indispensability Argument. Lexington Books, 2015.
  • “Indispensability Arguments in the Philosophy of Mathematics, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, First Posted: October 18, 2010.
  • “A Cooperative-Learning Lesson Using the Objections and Replies,” The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 9.2, Spring 2010: 5-9.
  • “Observations on Cooperative-Learning Group Assignments,” The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 9.2, Spring 2010: 2-5.
  • “Structuralism, Indispensability, and the Access Problem,” Facta Philosophica 9: 203-211, 2007.
  • “Cooperative Learning on the First Day of Class,” The APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Spring 1998.

College Service

  • Honor Court
  • Humanities Organizing Committee
  • Library of the Future Committee
  • New Faculty Orientation

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Philosophical Association (APA), 1998 to present
  • Member, American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), 2008 to present
    • Board Member, 2017-present
    • Program Committee Chair (2010-16)
      Nominating Committee (2008-10)
      Lenssen Prize Committee (2011)

Appointed to the Faculty: 2007

Educational Background

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
B.A., Swarthmore College


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