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Peter Kung
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Ph.D. Philosophy, New York University
    Dissertation: “Imagination and Modal Epistemology”
    Committee: Ned Block (advisor), Paul Boghossian, Thomas Nagel

M.A. Philosophy, Stanford University

B.S.E., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania







Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pomona College

Adjunct Instructor,  New York University

Summer Instructor,  New York University

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Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology

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Metaphysics, History of Modern Philosophy, Logic


Fellowships and Grants




Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship Honorable Mention

Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University

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“Imagining as guide to possibility,” forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

“A neglected way of begging the question,” with Masahiro Yamada, forthcoming in American Philosophical Quarterly

“On having no reason: Dogmatism and Bayesian confirmation,” forthcoming in Synthese

“On the possibility of skeptical scenarios,” forthcoming in European Journal of Philosophy

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“You really do imagine it: Against error theories of imagination,” revise and resubmit at Noûs

“Imagining, inside and out,” under review by Erkenntnis

 “What makes a good skeptical thought experiment?” under review by Synthese

“There is no easy bootstrapping problem,” with Masahiro Yamada, under review by Philosopher's Imprint

“Justification without vindication,” with Masahiro Yamada, work in progress

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“Modal epistemology,” invited by Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (peer reviewed), work in progress.

Professional Presentations spacer April 2009 Commentary on Jared Bates, “Damming the swamping problem, reliably”
APA Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver, Canada
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SoCal Epistemology Workshop, UCLA
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Central States Philosophy Association Meeting,
St. Paul, MN
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“On having no reason” (commentator Matt Kotzen)
APA Pacific Division Meeting, Pasadena, CA

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SoCal Epistemology Workshop, UCLA
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11th Southern California Philosophy Conference,
Cal State Northridge
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Cal State Fullerton
spacer April 2006 Commentary on Janet Levin’s “Della Rocca on essentialism and modal intuitions”
SoCal Epistemology Workshop
spacer October 2005  “Experiential memory”
10th Southern California Philosophy Conference,
Cal State Northridge
spacer September 2005 Commentary on Masahiro Yamada’s “Action as control”
Claremont Graduate University
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University of California, Riverside
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9th Southern California Philosophy Conference,
University of California, Irvine
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Conference on Knowledge and Imagination,
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
spacer March 2003 “How to avoid modal error”  (commentator Josh Sheptow, UC Berkeley)
Harvard-MIT Graduate Conference
spacer March 2003 Commentary on Nico Silins’s “Transmission failure failure”
Columbia-NYU Graduate Conference
spacer March 2002 Commentary on Adam Wager’s “Sensitivity training”
Columbia-NYU Graduate Conference
spacer October 2001 “Imagination and possibility”(commentator Bill Brewer, Oxford)
Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference
spacer April 2001 Commentary on Lisa Bortolotti’s “Bounded rationality and belief ascription”
Columbia-NYU Graduate Conference
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Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference
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Co-organizer, Southern California Philosophy Conference, 2009–10

Co-founder & organizer, SoCal Epistemology Workshop, April 2006

Session chair, APA Pacific Division Meetings, March 2004–2007

Referee for Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Inquiry, Journal of Philosophical Research, Philosopher’s Imprint, Oxford University Press

College Service spacer 2009–10 Faculty Executive Committee (elected)
Division I (Humanities) Chair (elected)
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 Curriculum Committee
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Teaching and Learning Committee
Asian American Resource Center Advisory Board
Philosophy Department Senior Exercise co-coordinator
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Teaching and Learning Committee
Ethics Visiting Search Committee
Social and Political Philosophy Visiting Search Committee
Philosophy Department Senior Exercise co-coordinator


Philosophy Department web developer and webmaster
Freshman adviser (2005–07, 2008–09)