Kristopher McDaniel

Alvin Plantinga Fellow

Kris McDaniel is Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. He has worked there since 2004, immediately after graduating with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Kris primarily works in metaphysics and the history of philosophy but he has serious research interests in ethics as well. In metaphysics, Kris has published articles on material composition, modality, persistence over time, properties, and meta-ontology. In the history of philosophy, Kris has published articles on Heidegger, Husserl, Kant, Mary Calkins, Susanne Langer, and McTaggart. In ethics, Kris has published articles on desire and intrinsic value. Kris has recently published the Fragmentation of Being (Oxford University Press, 2017), which is a work of contemporary metaphysics developed with a view of the history of philosophy as well.​


During Kris’s visit to the Center, he will work on papers on the connections between being and essence, on whether being is inherently normative, and on the distinction between fundamental and conventional existence in both western and eastern philosophical traditions.