Meg Wallace

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


Meg Wallace is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies 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 recent research projects include the metaphysics of ordinary objects, mereology, mental fictionalism, and material plenitude. Her paper "The Lump Sum: a Theory of Modal Parts" (2019) was recently published in Philosophical Papers, "The Polysemy of 'Part' " (2019) was recently published in Synthese, and her "Counterexamples and Common Sense: When (not) to Tollens a Ponens" (2020) was recently published in Analysis Reviews. She is currently working on two papers - "Mental Fictionalism" and "Deflating Mental Fictionalism" - for a volume specifically dedicated to mental fictionalism. She is also working on a paper on modal parts and material plenitude called "Immortality and Endless Possibilities: Being All that You Can Be".

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 investment has been made for structural upgrades explicitly for the gym space for this class, resulting in 6 aerial dropline points. The entire space can now accommodate multiple aerial apparatuses and various ground circus equipment, allowing students greater room for movement, artistic exploration, and participation in the circus arts and philosophy. This class will next run fall 2021.  

For more info, visit Meg's website


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

“The Polysemy of ‘part’” Synthese - Special Issue: Mereology and Identity (2019) 
“The Lump Sum: a Theory of Modal Parts”  Philosophical Papers (2019)  
“The Haecceitic Euthyphro Problem” co-authored with Jason Bowers Analysis 78(1): 13-22 (2018)  
“Saving Mental Fictionalism from Cognitive Collapse” Res Philosophica 93(2): 405-424 (2016)   
“Rearming the Slingshot?” Acta Analytica 30 (3): 283-292 (2015)
“The Argument from Vagueness for Modal Parts” dialectica 68 (3): 355-373 (2014) 
“Composition as Identity, Mereological Essentialism, and Modal Parts” in Composition as Identity, eds. Donald Baxter and Aaron Cotnoir, OUP (2014) 
“Response to A. J. Cotnoir’s Parts as Counterparts” Thought: a Journal in Philosophy vol. 2(3): 242-247 (2013)
“Composition as Identity: Part 1” Philosophy Compass vol. 6(11): 804-816 (2011) 
“Composition as Identity: Part 2” Philosophy Compass vol. 6(11): 817-827 (2011)   
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