Philosophy Department Faculty

Richard Kenneth Atkins

Assistant Chair





Richard Kenneth Atkins is a Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of Peirce on Inference (Oxford, 2023), Charles S. Peirce’s Phenomenology (Oxford, 2018), and Peirce and the Conduct of Life (Cambridge, 2016). His articles have appeared in Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Synthese, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, and European Journal of Philosophy, among other venues.

Recent Publications

Peirce on Inference: Validity, Strength, and the Community of Inquirers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2023.

C.I. Lewis’s Theory of Ideas: Royce’s Problem and Lewis’s Solution, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, doi:10.1017/apa.2023.15., 2023

On Three Levels of Abstractness in Peirce’s Beta Graphs, History and Philosophy of Logic, 44:1, 16–32., 2023

Santayana, Commonsensism, and the Problem of Impervious Belief, History of Philosophy Quarterly, 38:1, 37–56., 2021

A Peircean Examination of Gettier’s Two Cases, Synthese, 199:5–6, 12945–12961., 2021

Charles S. Peirce’s Phenomenology: Analysis and Consciousness. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Peirce on Perception and Reasoning: From Icons to Logic. Co-edited with Kathleen A. Hull. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Peirce and the Conduct of Life: Sentiment and Instinct in Ethics and Religion. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Puzzled?! An Introduction to Philosophizing. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2015.