About me

dunaway_billy_201901_1499CMy name is Billy Dunaway. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; before that I was a postdoc at the University of Oxford, and before that I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I work in the areas of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language.

I am Book Review Editor at Ethics.

I am co-PI with Jon McGinnis on the Theology, Science, and Knowledge project, a 2.5 year, 1.1 million dollar project funded by the John Templeton Foundation and UMSL.

I can be contacted at dunawayw [at] umsl [dot] [standard educational domain name]. Comments on anything posted here are very welcome.

Photo by August Jennewein/courtesy UMSL.




Reality and Morality, in press with Oxford University Press (UK).




Epistemological Motivations for Anti-realism, in Philosophical Studies (2018).

Duns Scotus's Epistemic Argument against Divine Illumination, in Matthew A Benton, John Hawthorne, and Dani Rabinowitz (eds.) Knowledge, Belief, and God: New Insights (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Luck: Evolutionary and Epistemic, in Episteme (2017).

Ethical Vagueness and Practical Reasoning, in The Philosophical Quarterly (2017).

Scepticism (with John Hawthorne), in William J. Abraham and Frederick D. Aquino (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology and Theology (2017).

Realism and Objectivity, in David Plunkett and Tristram McPherson (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics (2017).

Reference Magnetism as a Solution to the Moral Twin Earth Problem (with Tristram McPherson), in Ergo (2016).

Expressivism and Normative Metaphysics, in Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) Oxford Studies in Metaethics vol. 11, (2016).

Supervenience Arguments and Normative Non-naturalism, in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2015).

Whither Anankastics? (with Alex Silk), in Philosophical Perspectives 28: Ethics (2014).

Modal Quantification without Worlds, in Karen Bennett and Dean Zimmerman (eds.) Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol. 8 (2013). Also one of four finalists for the 2011 Younger Scholars Prize for Metaphysics.

The Folk Probably Do Think What You Think They Think (with Anna Edmonds and David Manley), in Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2013).

Minimalist Semantics in Meta-ethical Expressivism, in Philosophical Studies (2010).



Edited Volume

Meaning, Decision, and Norms: Themes from the Work of Allan Gibbard, co-edited with David Plunkett, forthcoming with Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing.

This is a volume commemorating Allan Gibbard's career, and will be one of the first edited volumes in philosophy to be published in open-access format.



Book Reviews

Review of Thomas Hofweber, Ontology and the Ambitions of Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, forthcoming in The Philosophical Review.

Review of Matthew Chrisman, The Meaning of 'Ought', Oxford University Press, in The Journal of Philosophy (2017).



More papers

Theological Predication: Duns Scotus, Univocity, and Knowledge

The Metaphysical Conception of Realism

Perfectly Natural Relative Naturalness

Realism, Meta-semantics, and Risk