Philosophy & Humanities
Richard joined the ETSU faculty in the fall of 1999. He had prior teaching experience at Oxford University in England and at Western Maryland College. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University, a double-major in philosophy and fine art, Phi Beta Kappa. Richard also studied for one year at Queens’ College, Cambridge in England, completing the undergraduate Tripos 1B in philosophy. The following year he was William M. Keck Fellow at the Mudd Hall of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. In 1994 he earned his doctorate in philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford under the supervision of Sir Michael Dummett and Bede Rundle.
Richard’s areas of specialization are philosophy of language and philosophical logic. With scholarly interests in the theory of meaning, in particular the work of Gottlob Frege, Michael Dummett, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, he has published papers on various aspects of formal semantics.
In 2004-2005 Richard spent 12 months as a Fulbright Scholar in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, where he helped design and implement a new degree in American Studies and to establish an American Studies Center (and Library) at Azerbaijan University of Languages. He also served as advisor to the Minister of Education and the Parliamentary Committee on Science & Education on higher education reforms designed to facilitate the country’s entry into the European Higher Education Authority.
Since the summer of 2004 Richard has been engaged in cross-disciplinary Rock Art research. He’s been awarded numerous grants to explore prehistoric petroglyphs in the remote Altai Mountains of far-western Mongolia and has published and delivered several conference papers on his discoveries. In 2007 he was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Summer Research Fellowship. In June 2009 Richard signed a five-year agreement with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Mongolia to lead a collaborative fieldwork project at his primary site at Khoton Lake on the border with China. In June 2010 the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Richard a Three-Year Collaborative Research Grant in the amount of $210,000 beginning July 2010 for his project, "Rock Art & Archaeology: Investigating Ritual Landscape in the Mongolian Altai;" his Co-Principal Investigator on this project is anthropologist Dr. William Fitzhugh, dirrector of the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center. The two have been working together on Mongolian rock art for the past three years.
At ETSU Richard teaches symbolic logic, upper-division courses in philosophy of langauage and philosophy of mind, and the introductory Humanities survey courses, Arts & Ideas I and II. He is advisor to all Humanities minors. A member of ETSU’s Faculty Senate Executive Committee, he also serves as campus representative for the Rhodes Scholarship program. Richard was a walk-on for the men's basketball team at Duke; at Oxford he captained the Blues to back-to-back British National Championships. He's also an ambidexctrous baseball pitcher, with a weird-looking, patented two-handed glove. You probably don't want to get into a free throw shooting contest or a snowball fight with him.
Can Frege’s Farbung Help Explain the Meaning of Ethical Terms? (with Keith Green)
Essays in Philosophy 8(1), 42pp., January 2007
Niall Shanks’s God,
Religious Studies 41, 357-362, September, 2005
vs. Antirealism in John McDowell’s Mind, Value, and Reality
Essays in Philosophy 5(2), 15 pp., June 2004
of Design: What God Couldn’t Do
Religious Studies 40, 81-96, April 2004
Performatives: Speaking of Truth and
Word 53(3), 305-320, Dec. 2002
A Surface Survey of Southern Bayan Olgii Aimag: June 2008
Invited article in Arctic Studies Newsletter, ed. William Fitzhugh, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 41-42, June 2009
initial surface survey of southern Bayan Olgii aimag, June 2-8, 2008
Invited chapter in American-Mongolian Deer Stone Project: 2008 Field Report,William Fitzhugh and S. Bayarasaikhan, eds. Ulaanbaatar and Washington, DC: National Museum of Mongolia and Smithsonian Institution, 166-193, March 2009
Explorations of Biluut 1, 2, and 3:
Extensive Petroglyph and Burial Complex in the Altai Mountains of
(abstract, with Jay Franklin, Ya. Tserendagva, M. Whitelaw, and J.W.
Proceedings of the 78th Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology, March 2008
Speak: Geologic Influence on the
of Petroglyphs at the Biluut Complex in the Altai Mountains of Bayan
Aimag, Mongolia (with M. Whitelaw, J.W. Nave, Ya.
Proceedings of the 6th annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, 23 pp., February 2008
Gol: A New Petroglyph Site in Bayan Olgii Aimag, Western Mongolia
(with Yadmaa Tserendagva)
International Newsletter on Rock Art (INORA), No. 47, 8-15, January 2007
1, 2, and 3: Another New Petroglyphic Complex in the Altai Mountains,
Olgii Aimag, Mongolia (with Batsaikhan Zagd)
INORA, no. 41, 7-14, February 2005
and Art History:
A Kouros in the Works? Sex and Death in Picasso’s Demoiselles (abstract)
Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (HICAH), January 2003
Education and Culture:
Emerging Higher Education in Azerbaijan: Varieties of Internal Corruption and Proposed Remedies (published under the name Richard Dennis)
Journal of AzerbaijaniStudies 12(3), 11-32, November 2009
Education for an Azerbaijani Renaissance
Keynote Address delivered at the International Conference on Reforming Higher Education in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan, February 2, 2005
Over the Rainbow: The American Dream from Thomas Jefferson and Horatio
Alger to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Fulbright Public Lecture (3-part) delivered at the University of Languages, Baku, Azerbaijan, Fall 2004
Review of Michael Schumacher’s Mr. Basketball: George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers, and the Birth of the NBA
Sport Literature Association Journal Online, December 2008
Dogs & Englishmen: Hoops Across the Water
Delivered at the 75th Annual Conference of the Sports Literature Association, June 2008
of Russ Bradburd’s Paddy on the Hardwood
Sport Literature Association Journal Online, February 2007
Dr. K’s Ceramics
U.S. patent on Richard's ambidextrous baseball glove, 1964