Dr. Joseph LaPorte

Professor of Philosophy
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Joseph joined the Hope faculty in 1998, coming from Amherst, Massachusetts, where he finished his graduate work. He teaches philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology for the philosophy curriculum. Joe also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses for core credit at the college. 

AREAS OF Expertise

Joe writes in the philosophical areas he teaches, especially the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of language. 


  • Ph.D., philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • M.A., philosophy, University College London, 1993
  • B.A., philosophy, Franciscan University of Stubenville, 1991
    • Summa Cum Laude




  • “Modern Essentialism for Species and its Animadversions,” The Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy, edited by Richard Joyce, Routledge, 2017
  • "Rigid Designators,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2006; revised substantially in 2016
  • “Theoretical Identity Statements, their Truth, and their Discovery,” in The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds, edited by H. Beebee and N. Sabbarton-Leary, Routledge, 2010
    • The collection is reviewed online
  • “Is There a Single Objective, Evolutionary Tree of Life?,” The Journal of Philosophy, 102, 2005
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Dr. Joseph LaPorte

Phone Number616.395.7621

Lubbers Hall-Room 214 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423-3516
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