Jennifer Susse

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Philosophy

Michigan State University

503 S. Kedzie Hall
East Lansing, MI  48824-1032
Phone: (517) 339-2257

Fax: (517) 432-1320


235 Arbor Glen Drive
Apartment 203
East Lansing, MI  48823

Email: susse@msu.edu

Webpage: http://www.msu.edu/~susse/




University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA      1995-2003

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Summer 2003

Dissertation: A priori Arguments for Reductionism

Advisor: Lynne Rudder Baker

Committee:  Philip Bricker, Jay Garfield, Jonathan Schaffer, William Meeks

New York University, New York, NY                  1993-1995

Attended evening courses while working full-time

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN                         1986-1991

B.A. in Philosophy, May 1991

Stuyvesant H.S., New York, NY                           1982-1986


Professional Organizations

Phi Kappa Phi

American Philosophical Association

American Association of University Women

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Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics

Areas of Competence

History of Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Wittgenstein

Areas of Teaching Competence

Applied Ethics (especially Medical Ethics), Ethics, Existentialism, Logic, Cognitive Science


Publication and Presentations

“Explanatory Exclusion Exposed.” Presented to Works in Progress Series, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, September 2003.

“The Multiple Realization Argument.” Accepted at Pacific APA Meeting, San Francisco, March 2003.

“The Multiple Realization Argument.” Read at PAFT (Propositional Attitude Task Force) Reading Group, Five Colleges, February 2003.

“Anti-reductionism Continues to Strike Back.” Accepted at Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 2002.

“Supervenience: A Way Out For Davidson?” Graduate Colloquium, University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 1998.

“Obeying a Rule: Wittgenstein's Stress on Obedience in Sections 198-202,” Conference, A Journal of Philosophy and Theory, 1995; 5(2): 15-28.

Under Review

“The Multiple Realization Argument,” in the ‘revise and resubmit’ stage at Philosophical Studies.

“A New Look at British Emergentism,” in the ‘revise and resubmit’ stage at Inquiry.


Teaching Experience

Courses Taught at UMass

Medical Ethics (Spring 2000, Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Spring 2003)
     Designed and taught course for 30-50 students.

Ethics (Spring 2002)
     Designed and taught course for 30 students in the residence hall.

Existentialism (Summer 1999, Summer 2000)
     Designed and taught course for 8-10 students during an accelerated
     summer session.

Business Ethics (Fall 1998)
     Designed and taught course for 50 students.


Teaching Assistantships at UMass

Introduction to Ethics:

Professor Fred Feldman (Spring 1999)

Introduction to Philosophy:

Professor Eileen O’Neill (Spring 1998)

Professor Vere Chappell (Spring 1997)

Professor Fred Feldman (Fall 1996)


Other Experience at UMass

Grader, Junior Year Writing (Fall 1995, Spring 1996, Fall 1997)

Took Course, Introduction to College Teaching (Spring 2000)

Research Assistant, Bob Sleigh (Fall 1997 – Present)


Graduate Coursework (* indicates audit)

Mind and Metaphysics

Mind-Body Problem

Person and Body

Constitution and Identity*


Causation and Conditionals


Philosophy of Action


Philosophy of Mind (at NYU)

Early Analytic Philosophy

Reduction, Emergence and Supervenience*



History of Philosophy


17th Century Women Philosophers

Early Modern Metaphysics*


Kant (at NYU)

Schopenhauer (at NYU)




Modal Logic

Philosophy and Logic



Belief and Will (at CUNY)

Philosophy of Social Science

Ethical Theory
Wittgenstein (at NYU)

Introduction to Mathematical Proof


Lynne Rudder Baker

Lynne Rudder Baker

Lynne Rudder Baker

Philip Bricker
Philip Bricker

Philip Bricker

Vere Chapell

Edward Gettier

John Gibbons

Ruth Barcan Marcus

Jonathan Schaffer

Jonathan Schaffer



Gareth Matthews

Eileen O’Neill
Eileen O’Neill

Eileen O’Neill

John Richardson

John Richardson

Robert Sleigh, Jr.



Ed Gettier

Gary Hardigree



Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Barrett

Fred Feldman
Colin McGinn

William Meeks



Available upon request