Alberto Urquidez


Visiting Assistant Professor in Philosophy

I grew up in the Central Valley of California (Monterey county). My academic career has allowed me to live in various places throughout the United States: southern Calilfornia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and, of course, Minnesota. My journey began when I fell in love with philosohy during my first college semester. Although it was philosophy of religion that turned me on to philosophy (and, yes, I still have a passion for this area!), my main teaching and research interests are in normative philosophy (ethics, and social and political philosophy). I approach philosophical problems from a (later) Wittgensteinian perspective, which I take to mean: from the perspective of the norms implicit in individual and social practice. Articulating these norms, so as to sharpen, question, and assess their moral status, as well as to (re-)imagine these concepts when necessary, is the stuff of philosophy that interests me most.

More broadly, I am interested in the relationship of facts and values, whether in the context of traditional metaphysics (like Plato's theory of Forms: e.g., how do facts about the essences of things determine how we ought to live?), the philosophy of social science (like the idea of whether a value-free science is desirable or even possible), and so on.

I earned by B.A. in philosophy (with College and Department Honors) from UCLA. From there I went on to earn graduate degrees in philosophy at Claremont Graduate University and Purdue University.

My paper "What Accounts of 'Racism' Do" is the recipient of the APA 2017 Journal of Value Inquiry Prize. I have been selected as one of this year's 2018 Young Philosophers by the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. I'm currently working on a book project, (Re-)Defining Racism: A Philosophical Analysis, under contract for Palgrave Macmillan. For further details about my teaching and research, see my CV at my academia page:


Ph.D. Philosophy, Purdue University

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Race and Social Philosophy


Travel, Music, Camping, and Chess

Courses Taught

PHI-104 (The Individual and Community), PHI-108 (Great Philosophers), and PHI-248 (GenderKnowledgeReality)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
PHI-104 The Individual and Community 3 2018/SP and 2017/FA
PHI-212 Oppression/Privilege 2 2018/FA and 2017/FA
PHI-108 Great Philosophers 2 2018/FA
PHI-101 Facts & Values 1 2019/JN
PHI-248 GenderKnowledgeReality 1 2018/SP
PHI-114 Theism & Rationality 1 2018/JN
PHI-147 Applied Ethics 1 2017/FA