Mark Stone

Mark Stone

Professor of Philosophy; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

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After graduate school I taught philosophy for two years, then began working in what is now called Information Services at Furman. I later worked as a computer programmer and data processing manager for an employee benefits company in Greenville for almost 10 years. I left this company to form a small software company called ImageTrak that designed and sold software for scanning, storing, and organizing Material Safety Data Sheets. I have been teaching in the philosophy department at Furman University for the past 15 years.

Education

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Furman University

Philosophy

I think that everyone acts on the basis of philosophical views that have a significant and rich history, whether they are aware of it or not. In my courses, I try to bring out some of the historical sources, methods, and ideas that I think shape the way we think and act now. Once we can become aware of our philosophical ideas and their sources, we can reflect critically on them and either discard them as unhelpful prejudices or keep them as truths.

Publications

  • "Denying the Antecedent: Its Effective Use in Argumentation," Informal Logic, Vol. 32:3, pp. 327-356.