Alvin Plantinga Fellow
Christopher Menzel is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, where he has taught since 1986. Prior to that he was a postdoctoral fellow from 1984-86 at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. He received his PhD in philosophy from Notre Dame, where his dissertation advisors were Penelope Maddy and Alvin Plantinga.
Professor Menzel's research interests include logic, the philosophy of logic and mathematics, and metaphysics, particularly the metaphysics of modality. His recent papers include "Haecceities and Mathematical Structuralism," Philosophia Mathematica, forthcoming; "Problems with the Bootstrapping Objection to Theistic Activism," American Philosophical Quarterly (2016); "Logic, Essence, and Modality," Philosophia Mathematica (2015); "Wide Sets, ZFCU, and the Iterative Conception," Journal of Philosophy (2014); "Worlds and Propositions Set Free" (with Otávio Bueno and Edward Zalta), Erkenntnis (2014), "Sets and Worlds Again," Analysis (2012); and "Knowledge Representation, the World Wide Web, and the Evolution of Logic," Synthese (2011).
While working at the Center, Chris will be exploring the relation between God and modality, in particular, whether the modal character of the world — that, in some respects, the world must be as it is and, in others, that it might have been otherwise — can ultimately be grounded in God's creative activity. Relatedly, he plans to consolidate and extend work he has done on the logic and metaphysics of modality over the past 25 years in an extended monograph.