William David Rowley

William D. Rowley

Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester

I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Rochester, under the direction of Richard Feldman, Earl Conee, and Edward Wierenga. My dissertation "An Evidentialist Epistemology of Testimony" outlines an internalist social epistemology.  My areas of specialization are Epistemology and History of Modern Philosophy. My areas of competence include Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Applied Ethics, and Metaphysics. 


  • “Evidentialist Social Epistemology” in Believing in Accordance with the Evidence: New Essays on Evidentialism ed. Kevin McCain (in progress, expected publication early 2018).
  • "Evidence of Evidence and Testimonial Reductionism" (abstract) Episteme, 9, pp 377 - 391, doi:10.1017/epi.2012.25
  • "Pick Your Poison: Beg the Question or Embrace Circularity" (abstract) co-authored with Kevin McCain, forthcoming in the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, published on-line 5/30/13, doi:10.1163/22105700-03021119


  • Dissertation Abstract
  • Current Projects:
    "Faith and Cooperation" for The Nature and Value of Faith Summer Seminar
    “Reidian Reductionism about Testimony” with Trent Dougherty
    “Locke on Testimony”
    “Leibniz on Confused Ideas”