Samuel C. Wheeler III

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, U-1054
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1054
Office:  234 Manchester Hall

Phone: 486-3592


Research Interests:

Sam Wheeler writes in philosophy of language. metaphysics, ethics, deconstruction, and ancient philosophy. He has just completed a book, Neo-Davidsonian Metaphysics and Meta-ethics. Recent publications include “Texts With Too Many Authors,” in nonsite, July, 2012, “Remembering Donald Davidson: His 1967 Undergraduate Philosophy of Language Course” in Donald Davidson: Life and Words, e dited by Maria Baghramian, Routledge 2012, pp65-70, “Davidson, Derrida and Differance” in Dialogues with Davidson (MIT 2011), “Pure Realism” Annales Philosophici 2010, “Naturalist Structuralism’s Aporia? Essentialism, Indeterminacy, and Nostalgia”, Konturen, January 2010, His book Deconstruction as Analytic Philosophy, was published in 2000 by Stanford University Press.      

New Book:

Neo-Davidsonian Metaphysics: From the True to the Good

Please see the Introductory Chapter


Link to 38+ papers on


Online Papers:

Philosophy of Language/Metaphysics:

Attributives and their Modifiers

Quantification in English (1974
Davidson as Derrida Text with Too Many Authors (2012)

Derrida's Differance and Plato's Different

Reference and Vagueness (1975)

Inference and the Logical Ought Truth Metaphor Determinability

On Textual Individuation (with Bill Tolhurst, 1979)

Wittgenstein as Davidson on Metaphor

On That Which Is Not (1979)

Wittgenstein as Conservative Deconstructor


Ancient Philosophy:

Megagarian Paradoxes as Eleatic Arguments

Plato Enlightenment the Good as the Sun

The Conclusion of the Theaetetus

Ethics/Political Philosophy:

Natural Property Rights as Body Rights (1980)

Reparations Reconstructed
Arms as Insurance (Public Affairs Quarterly) On That Which Is Not

Self Defense (Public Affairs Quarterly)

Plato Enlightenment the Good as the Sun

Luddism Reassessed

Davidsonian Rationality and Chinese Ethics


In press and drafts:

Philosophy as Art

Davidsonian Propositions
Divine Commands

How We Ought to Think of "Ought"


In Progress:  

God and Lewis

Kant's Groundwork and Ought Sentences

Notes on a Line in the Sand



Review Lycan

Review of a House Divided



Full Vita