Meg Wallace

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  • Associate Professor
  • Philosophy
1413 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-1004
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Ph.D. UNC-Chapel Hill 2009


Meg Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at University of Kentucky.

She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in August of 2009.
In 2009-2010 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Oberlin College.

Meg's primary research interests include the metaphysics of ordinary objects, mereology, mental fictionalism, and material plenitude. She is currently working on a monograph (under contract) with Cambridge University Press as part of their Elements series called Parts and Wholes: Spatial to Modal. It is a brief survey of various views of composition and mereology as a lead up to - and defense of - a theory of modal parts.

Her papers “Mental Fictionalism” and “Mental Fictionalism: a foothold amid deflationary collapse” are both forthcoming in a volume Mental Fictionalism: Philosophical Explorations, Tamas Demeter, T. Parent, and Adam Toon (eds.) (Routledge).

Some of her recent publications include: "The Polysemy of 'Part'" Synthese (2021); "Counterexamples and Common Sense: When (not) to Tollens a Ponens" in Analysis (2020), and "The Lump Sum: a Theory of Modal Parts" Philosophical Papers (2019). 

For more info, visit Meg's website

Publications - Professional Philosophy

2021 - “The Polysemy of ‘part’” Synthese 198 4331-4354 (2021); online (2019)

2020 - "Counterexamples and Commonsense: When (Not) to Tollens a Ponens" - Analysis 80(3): 544-558 (2020)

2019 - “The Lump Sum: a Theory of Modal Parts”  Philosophical Papers 48(3): 403-445 (2019) 

2018 - “The Haecceitic Euthyphro Problem” co-authored with Jason Bowers Analysis 78(1): 13-22 (2018) 

2016 - “Saving Mental Fictionalism from Cognitive Collapse” Res Philosophica 93(2): 405-424 (2016)   

2015 - “Rearming the Slingshot?” Acta Analytica 30 (3): 283-292 (2015)

2014 - “The Argument from Vagueness for Modal Parts” dialectica 68 (3): 355-373 (2014)

2014 - “Composition as Identity, Mereological Essentialism, and Modal Parts” in Composition as Identity, eds. Donald Baxter and Aaron Cotnoir, OUP (2014)

2013 - “Counterparts and Compositional Nihilism: A Reply to A. J. Cotnoir” Thought: a Journal in Philosophy vol. 2(3): 242-247 (2013)

2011 - “Composition as Identity: Part 1” Philosophy Compass vol. 6(11): 804-816 (2011)

2011 - “Composition as Identity: Part 2” Philosophy Compass vol. 6(11): 817-827 (2011)   


Publications - Public Philosophy
Forthcoming/Under Contract
Recently Taught Courses

Meg's teaching interests continue to include a novel project of combing physical movement, performance, and the circus arts with philosophical study - a project started in 2017 with the creation of her course PHI 193: Circus and Philosophy. Recently, a large gym space for this class has been upgraded to accommodate multiple aerial apparatuses and circus equipment, allowing students greater room for movement and artistic exploration. This 'Circus Lab' is specifically intended to be an on-campus hub for interdisciplinary circus-centered education and research. PHI 193 is offered every fall in the Circus Lab. You can read more about this class here.  

If you are interested in circus generally, check out UK's Circus Club (more: here and here)!

  • PHI 100: Intrioduction to Philosophy - Knowledge and Reality
  • PHI 120: An Introduction to Logic
  • PHI 193: Circus and Philosophy
  • PHI 315: Philosophy and Science Fiction (Honors and Non-Honors)
  • PHI 320: Symbolic Logic I
  • PHI 350: Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • PHI 520: Symbolic Logic II
  • PHI 550: Problems of Knowledge and Reality
  • Graduate Seminar: Unity  
  • Graduate Seminar: Fictionalism
  • Graduate Seminar: Space, Time, and Possible Worlds
  • Graduate Seminar: Paradoxes


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