Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Christopher Pynes

Christopher Pynes
Department of Mathematics and Philosophy



Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., San Diego State University
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

(309) 298-1467
486 Morgan Hall

Fall 2019 Office Hours: 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 am-10:00 am

Courses Taught:

Phil 120: Contemporary Moral Problems
Phil 140: Logic and Reasoning
Phil 310: Modern Philosophy
Phil 320: Analytic Philosophy
Phil 330: Moral Philosophy
Phil 333: Environmental Ethics
Phil 340: Formal Logic
Phil 415: Philosophy of Science
Phil 425: Philosophy of Mind
Phil 440: Legal Reasoning

Personal Web Page:

Guest Blogger at the Leiter Reports

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests: My philosophical interests are broad, but I am especially interested in issues related to logics, philosophy of science, and moral philosophy.

Research with undergraduates: Given my wide philosophical interests and my desire to promote good philosophical skills with students, I am generally wiling to engage in just about any research topic. Most often for non-philosophy minors who want to do honors projects, we work on logic puzzles, argumentation, and taking the LSAT. For more advanced philosophy students, topics from past projects include: Baye's Theorem, modal logic, legal resoning and SCOTUS decisions, Rawls vs. Nozick, Scalia on Reading Law, and medical ethics and organ donation.

Selected Publications:

  • Pynes, C. (2014). Seven arguments against extra credit. Teaching Philosophy 37.2, 191-214.
  • Pynes, C. (2013). If Monty Hall falls or crawls. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 9.2, 33-47.
  • Pynes, C. (2012). Ad hominem arguments and intelligent design. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 47.2,  289-297.
  • Ruse, M., & Pynes, C. (2006). The stem cell controversy. Revised/2nd ed. (Prometheus)