Curriculum Vitae

MarkDFisherMark D. Fisher
Department of Philosophy
Penn State University
240 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802

 Academic Positions

  • 2016-: Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Penn State
  • 2006-2016: Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Penn State
  • 2004-2006: Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


  • 2008: Ph.D., Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    • Dissertation: “Organisms and Teleology in Kant’s Natural Philosophy”
    • Committee: Rudolf A. Makkreel (Director), David Carr, Eric Watkins
    • Readers: Steve Strange, Ursula Goldenbaum
  • 2001-2002: Visiting Graduate Student, Philosophy, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany
  • 2000-2001: DAAD Research Fellow, Philosophy, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany
    • Sponsor: Manfred Kuehn
  • 1997: M.A., Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Thesis: “Kant’s Critical Attitude toward the Only Possible Argument
    • Committee: Eric Watkins (Director), Roger Ariew, Joe Pitt
  • 1994: B.S., Philosophy and Religious Studies, Radford University, Radford, VA

Editorial and Administrative Roles

  • 2013-present: Founding Co-Editor, Public Philosophy Journal
  • 2009-present: Teaching and Learning with Technology Co-ordinator, Department of Philosophy, Penn State
  • 2010-2013: Assistant Director, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • 2015-2017: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communications Grant for the Public Philosophy Journal (Co-PI)
  • 2013-2014: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communications Grant for the Public Philosophy Journal (Co-PI)
  • 2014-2015: Penn State Educational Technology Services (ETS) Teaching and Learning with Technology (TWT) Faculty Fellowship
  • 2013: Penn State and Sloan Consortium/Online Learning Consortium Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL)
  • 2003-2004: Emory University Dean’s Teaching Fellowship
  • 2002-2003: Emory University Philosophy Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2000-2001: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Fellowship

Professional Service

  • 2015: Panelist for NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grants Program
  • 2013: Head of Hiring Committee for Director of Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship in Penn State College of Liberal Arts
  • 2011-2013 Head of Committee for Penn State Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Awards
  • 2011-2012 Head of Committee for Penn State Rock Ethics Institute Ethics Short Film Competition
  • 2011-2012: Member of the Penn State College of Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Advisory Board
  • 2010-2012 Co-Director, Penn State Rock Ethics Institute Ethics Fellows Seminar
  • 2010-2011: Co-Director, Penn State Rock Ethics Institute and Schreyer Honors College Ethics Seminars for Faculty
  • 2009-2012: Director of Social Media Initiative, Penn State Rock Ethics Institute
  • 2010: Hiring Committee Member for Director of Digital Pedagogy in Penn State Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies
  • 2006-present: Reviewer for Journal of the History of Philosophy

Areas of Specialization

Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy, Modern Philosophy

Areas of Competence

Logic, Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Medieveal Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Public Philosophy 


Articles and Book Chapters

Fisher, Mark and Watkins, Eric (1998) Kant on the Material Ground of Possibility: From”The Only Possible Argument” to the “Critique of Pure Reason”. Review of  Metaphysics, 52, 369-395.

Fisher, M. (2007) “Kant’s Explanatory Natural History: Generation and Classification of Organisms in Kant’s Natural Philosophy” in Huneman, P., ed. Understanding purpose: Kant and the philosophy of biology. Rochester, NY [u.a.: University of Rochester Press.

Fisher, M. (2014)  “Metaphysics and Physiology in Kant’s Attitude Towards Theories of Preformation.” in Goy, Ina (Ed.) and Eric Watkins (Ed.). Kant’s Theory of Biology. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2014.

“Public Philosophy and Philosophical Publics” (with Christopher P Long, Kris Klotz, and Andre de Avilez, accepted for publication in The Good Society)

“Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich.” The Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century German Philosophers. Eds. Klemme, Heiner F., and Manfred Kuehn. : Continuum, 2010. Oxford Reference. 2011


“Philosophical Theology in John Buridan” by Rolf Schönberger, in Thijssen, J. M. M. H., & Zupko, J. (2001). The metaphysics and natural philosophy of John Buridan. Leiden: Brill.

Book Reviews

Fisher, M.(2007). Notes and Fragments (review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 45(3), 502-503. The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Fisher, M.(2009). Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the Critique of Judgment (review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 47(1), 149-150. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Electronic Publications

PhD. Dissertation

Fisher, M. (2008). Organisms and teleology in kant’s natural philosophy. (Order No. 3310253, Emory University). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, , 507.

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Papers and Talks

The Sole Possible Proving Ground for a Demonstration of God’s Existence in the Development of the Critique of Pure Reason”, accepted for presentation at the 2013 UK Kant Society Annual Conference “Kant’s Philosophy of Religion”. (Unable to Attend)

“The Supersensible Ground of Nature” and “The Moral Proof of God’s Existence”, Representations of Life: Colloquium on Kant’s Critique of Teleological Judgment, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, September 27th 2011

“Kant’s Relation to Biological Theories of Preformation”, International Symposium on Kant’s Theory of Biology,  Tübingen, Germany, December 3rd-5th 2010

“Ontology and Rational Methodology: Kant’s Critical Approach to the Order of Nature”, presented at Villanova University, January 2007

“Establishing Natural History as a Science: Generation and Classification in Kant’s Natural Philosophy”, presented at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, March 2005, and the Eleventh Quadrennial Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, August 2003

“Kant’s Attempt to Establish Natural History as a Science”, presented at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Graduate Philosophy Conference, April 2003

“Kant on the Necessary Order of Nature”, presented at Third Annual Meeting of the Transatlantic Collegium of Philosophy at Emory University, January 2002

“Organism and Teleology in Kant’s ‘Der einzig mögliche Beweisgrund …’”, presented at Graduate Colloquium at Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany, February 2001

“Organism and Teleology in Kant’s Natural Philosophy”, presented at the First American Workshop of the  Transatlantic Collegium of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook, April 2000

“Kant and the Rational Ordering of Nature”, presented at the State University of New York at Stony Brook conference, Is the Subject Still Dead, September 1999

“Kant on the Material Ground of Possibility: From the Only Possible Argument to the Critique of Pure Reason“, with Eric Watkins, presented at the Southeastern Seminar for Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Kentucky, November 1997, and at the Emory University Friday Philosophy Forum, February 1998

“Kant’s Refutation of Material Idealism”, presented at the Ninth International Kant Congress, Berlin, March 2000, and the University of Kentucky Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, March 1998

Workshops, Panels and Conference Sessions

“Scholarship as Public Practice: Cultivating a Digital Scholarly Community”, Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, Philadelphia, PA, July 23, 2015

“Reimagining Scholarly Publishing and the Public Philosophy Journal”, with Bill Hart-Davidson, Dean Rehberger, and Ethan Watrall, HASTAC 2015, East Lansing, MI, May 28, 2015

Badging the Road to Digitally Literate Teaching in Philosophy“, with Kate Miffitt,  2015 TLT Symposium, Penn State University, University Park, PA, March 21, 2015

Designing Collaboration and Pedagogy into a Network for Digital Scholarship and Public Deliberation”, with Kris Klotz, Christopher P. Long, Andre Avilez, Bill Hart-Davidson, and Dean Rehberger, Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, Lewisburg, PA, November 15, 2015

Experimental Scholarly Publishing: Building New Models with Distributed Communities of Practice“, 2014 DLF Forum, Atlanta, GA, October 28, 2014

Public Philosophy Journal“, with Christopher P. Long, Poster Presentation at DH 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 7-12, 2014

Publishing in a Digital Age“, with Christopher P. Long, Andre Avilez, and Kris Klotz, 2014 TLT Symposium, Penn State University, University Park, PA, March 22, 2014

Public Philosophy Journal: Performing Philosophy as Publication”, with Christopher P. Long, 2013 Advancing Public Philosophy Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, March 14-16 2013

Public Philosophy Journal” with Christopher P. Long, Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University, February 15-16, 2013

“Ideas for an Open Access, Open Peer Review Journal in Philosophy” with Christopher P. Long, Fall 2012 Liberal Arts Scholarship and Technology Summit, University Park, PA, August 16, 2012

“Teaching with Technology in the Liberal Arts” with Veena Raman, 2012 TLT Symposium, Penn State University, University Park, PA, March 24, 2012

“Social Media Ethics” with Veena Raman and Vance Ricks, Advancing Public Philosophy Conference, Washington D.C., October 6-8, 2011


“Organisms and Metaphysics: Kant’s first Herder Review” by Rachel Zuckert, Northwestern University, International Symposium on Kant’s Theory of Biology, Tübingen, Germany, December 3rd-5th 2010

“A priori Intuition and the Body: Rethinking Kant’s Doctrine of Space and Time” by Matthew Rukgaber, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, One Hundred Third Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the  American Philosophical Association, December 30, 2006, Washington, D.C

Blog Posts

Two Interfaces, One Journal (Public Philosophy Journal, February 11th, 2014)

Community-Sourced Scholarship: Openness and Rigor (Public Philosophy Journal, January 28th, 2014)

Community-Sourced Scholarship: Openness and Safety (Public Philosophy Journal, December 5th, 2013)

Community-Sourcing in Public Dialogue and Public Scholarship (Public Philosophy Journal)

Visualizing the History of Philosophy? (Humanities in a Digital Age, March 18th, 2013)

Being Penn State (Series)  (Rock Ethics Institute Speak Up Blog, 2012)

Questions for Reflection (Series) (Rock Ethics Institute Speak Up Blog, 2012)

Stand Up Awards (Series) (Rock Ethics Institute Speak Up Blog, 2009-2012)

What Would You Do? (Series) (Rock Ethics Institute Speak Up Blog, 2009-2010)

Values Based Leadership (Series) (Rock Ethics Institute Speak Up Blog, 2009)


Digital Dialogue 73: Public Philosophy Journal Writing Workshop 2015 (Christopher P. Long’s Digital Dialogue, June 12, 2015)

Digital Dialogue 68: Building the PPJ  (Christopher P. Long’s Digital Dialogue, November 20, 2013)

Digital Dialogue 66: Sustainable Scholarship (Christopher P. Long’s Digital Dialogue, November 1, 2013)

Digital Dialogue 61: The Public Philosophy Journal (Christopher P. Long’s Digital Dialogue, April 9, 2013)

Digital Dialogue 51: Digital Public (Christopher P. Long’s Digital Dialogue, October 9, 2011)

Video Interviews

“Ethics in a Digital Age” with Carrie James (Rock Ethics Institute YouTube Channel, 2012)

“Jessica Valenti Addresses Rape Culture on Campus” (Rock Ethics Institute YouTube Channel, 2012)

“Food Ethics” with Paul Thompson (Rock Ethics Institute YouTube Channel, 2011)

“Penn State’s Energy Future” (Series) (Rock Ethics Institute YouTube Channel, 2009)

“Stewardship or Sacrifice” with Rev. Canon Sally Bingham (Rock Ethics Institute YouTube Channel, 2009)

“Values and Leadership” (Series) (Rock Ethics Institute YouTube Channel, 2009)