Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Joseph Bullock

Postdoctoral Research Affiliate




I am a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Texas at Austin. I work on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, with primary interests in ancient skepticism and science. My current research focuses on the question of how Pyrrhonian skeptics can consistently practice their skepticism while also engaging in a kind of scientific inquiry and expertise. Sextus Empiricus, who is our primary source for Pyrrhonism and was himself a medical doctor, claims both that skeptics can teach forms of expertise (technai) and that they do so in a way that avoids belief (adoxastōs).

You can contact me at joe.bullock AT


PHL 312 • Introduction To Logic

43233 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am GAR 2.112

This is a course in the basic principles of logic. The student will come out of this course with an understanding of deductive inference and of argument generally, as wells as the notions of logical consequence, validity, soundness, and logical truth. Specifically, we will be looking at sentential logic (which treats the inferential relations among simple sentences) and predicate logic. Predicate logic is distinguished from sentential logic by its use of quantifiers.

PHL F313 • Introductory Symbolic Logic

86985 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-300pm WAG 302

This is a first course in deductive symbolic logic. We'll study formal languages for representing sentences in logically precise ways, we'll study algorithms for evaluating arguments as logically valid or invalid, and we'll get an introduction to some of the surprising discoveries logicians have made about what tasks no algorithm can possibly do.

PHL 301K • Ancient Philosophy

42175 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 800am-930am WAG 420
(also listed as C C 304C)

An introduction to the philosophical achievements of the ancient world, concentrating on Plato and Aristotle.