Stencil, Eric
Assistant Professor - Philosophy
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Last Updated: 2/25/15 -


Area of Specialization:

Early Modern Philosophy


Areas of Competence:

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethical Theory



University of Wisconsin-Madison    Ph.D.   2012                            Philosophy    


University of Wisconsin-Madison     M.A.  2007                             Philosophy


Bowling Green State University        B.A.    2004                           Philosophy and History

                                                                                                summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa




Cartesian Modality: Possibility and Essence in Descartes and Arnauld                               

Chair:  Steven Nadler; Committee members: Alan Sidelle, Peter Vranas



“Malebranche on the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Particular Volitions”

Journal of the History of Philosophy  (forthcoming) (Co-author, Julie Walsh, Université du Québec à Montréal)


"Essence and Possibility in the Leibniz-Arnauld Correspondence"

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming)


"Antoine Arnauld"

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy,


“Malebranche and the General Will of God”

British Journal for the History of Philosophy (19:6) 2011, pp. 1107-1129



Book Reviews:

Review of Noa Naaman-Zauderer, Descartes’ Deontological Turn: Reason, Will, and Virtue in the

Later Writings, Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (2011)


Review of Walter Ott, Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy

Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2010) 


Selected Presentations:

“Descartes, Elizabeth, and the Mind-Body Union”

            Utah Valley University                                                          December 2014


            Intermountain West Philosophy Conference

            Utah State University                                                             November 2014


Keynote Speaker “Descartes’ Infinite God”

            Eastern Michigan University’s Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy

            Eastern Michigan University                                                  March 2014


“Descartes on the Mind-Body Union and the Nature of the Passions”

            Intermountain West Philosophy Conference

            Utah Valley University                                                          November 2013


            Indiana Philosophical Association

            Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis              October 2013


“Possibility and Essence in the Leibniz-Arnauld Correspondence”

            University of Utah                                                                 March 2013


“Arnauld and the Doctrine of the Creation of the Eternal Truths: (1641-1648)”

            Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy        

            Dalhousie University, July 2011


            South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy                

            Texas A&M, November 2010


“Descartes’ Argument for the Creation Doctrine”

            Joint Meeting of the Illinois and the Indiana Philosophical Associations

            Eastern Illinois University, November 2010


“Arnauld’s Occasionalism”

            APA Central Division, February 2010


            Illinois Philosophical Association                                         

            University of Illinois, October 2009


“Descartes and the Mind-Body Union”

            Beloit College, September 2010


“Arnauld’s Actualism”

        Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

        Dalhousie University, August 2009


        Midwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy                       

        University of Chicago, May 2009


        Midsouth Philosophy Conference                                            

        University of Memphis, April 2009


“Descartes’ Incompatibility Statement”

        Iowa Philosophical Society Meeting                                         

        Coe College, October 2007