Mark N Lance


Professor of Justice and Peace


Department of Philosophy
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Mark Lance wrote his doctoral dissertation with Robert Brandom and Nuel Belnap and held a three year post-doctoral fellowship at Syracuse University before coming to Georgetown. He is currently a Professor in both the philosophy department and the program on justice and peace, which he co-founded.

Professor Lance works mostly in the areas of philosophy of language, metaphysics and epistemology, and philosophical logic, but writes as well on pragmatism, feminism, meta-ethics, the foundations of mathematics, anarchist theory and applied issues of social justice activism. He has published over 40 articles and two books, most recently two papers on the nature of normativity. His normative pragmatics project with Rebecca Kukla includes 'Yo!' and 'Lo!': The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons, Harvard University Press 2009, as well as "Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: the pragmatic topography of second person calls," Ethics 2013, and "Intersubjectivity and Receptive Experience," Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2014. He is currently writing a book on anarchism and rational community, continuing the normative pragmatics project with Rebecca Kukla as well as two graduate students, working on a project on foundations of mathematics with K. Joseph Mourad, a paper on the nature of faith that has a lot to do with normative pragmatics and nothing to do with God, a paper with Andrew Blitzer on meta-ontology and Heidegger, a paper on moral consistency, and a paper on the co-evolution of The Blues and the blues.

Outside of philosophy, Prof. Lance is an activist, organizer, and popular educator on issues of social justice and revolutionary nonviolence, a rower, and a chess player. Once upon a time, in a world far far away, he was an orchestral trumpet player.


  • Ph.D (1988) University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy
  • B.A. (1983) Ohio State University, philosophy (minor mathematics)