Mark N. Lance

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Mark N. Lance, Professor, Assoc Dir, Grad Studies; Professor of philosophy Professor of Justice and Peace Director, Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace.

"Professor Lance works mostly in the areas of philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophical logic, and metaphysics, but writes as well on pragmatism, feminism, meta-ethics, the foundations of mathematics, anarchist theory and applied issues of social justice activism. He has published over 30 articles and two books on such topics as relevance logic, normativity, meaning, Bayesianism, and sexual identity. He is currently writing books on anarchism and rational community, understanding, defeasible laws (with Margaret Little), and the pragmatics of social authority (with Rebecca Kukla), as well as articles on such topics as the foundations of set theory, and consensus decision making. His most recent book is 'Yo!' and 'Lo!': the pragmatic topography of the space of reasons, co-authored with Rebecca Kukla, which was recently published by Harvard University Press.

"Outside of philosophy, Prof. Lance is an activist, organizer, and frequent speaker on issues of social justice." [1] CV

  • Editorial board, Peace and Change, 1998 – present.
  • Board of directors, Institute for Anarchist Studies, 2005 - present.
  • Editorial board, Perspectives in Anarchist Theory, 2005 - present.
  • Editorial board Affinities, 2005 – present.
  • Co-editor, Peace and Change Fall 2001 – Jan 2006.
  • Member, national steering committee, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, 2004 – present, committee co-chair, 2005 – present.
  • Board of Directors, Consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development 1996 - 2001, co-chair of board, 1999 – 2001.
  • Member Georgetown University Task force on the Catholic and Jesuit Identity of the Unversity, 1999.
  • Faculty member in residence, LXR Dorm, 1999 – 2001.
  • External reviewer for Trinity University (Washington, DC) department of philosophy (sole reviewer, produced report on department structure, teaching, and research.)
  • Adjunct faculty at the Institute for Social Ecology 2003-2005

Other affiliations

Recent Activist Related Articles

  • “Civil Society and Civil Disobedience: Strategy and Tactics of solidarity,” in a volume of papers from the 2005 United Nations meeting on the implementation of the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Wall in Occupied Palestine.
  • “Toward a unified strategy of Solidarity with Palestine: The case for the Caterpillar campaign,” forthcoming in a volume of papers from the 2005 Trans-Arab Research Institute conference.
  • “Fetishizing Process,” Social Anarchism #38, 2005. Reprinted and widely debated on numerous websites.
  • “Challenging Left Dogma on the Draft,” Left Turn, 2004, widely distributed and debated on the web.
  • “Walls, ‘states,’ and resistance,” in Washington Report On Middle East Affairs, October 2003.


He writes:

"I'm a professor of philosophy at Georgetown. I was hired in 1991 as an assistant professor. My main areas of research interest in philosophy are philosophy of language, logic, and epistemology, though of late I've been doing more work in moral and political philosophy. I came to peace studies through two routes: my work in activism and my partner's involvement in the field. I've been an activist on a wide range of social justice and peace issues since the mid-80s. In the early 90s, my partner -- Amy Hubbard, a sociologist who got her PhD from the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict at Syracuse -- along with Sam Marullo in the GU sociology department, and Fr. Julio Julietti -- no longer at GU -- enlisted me in an effort to start a peace studies program. The result of our work was the Program on Justice and Peace. After we got it up and running, I directed the program for its first five years and led it through the approval process in Georgetown College and the SFS. In that period I also joined the national board of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development, and later served as co- chair of the board. (COPRED merged during my time on the board with the Peace Studies Association to form the Peace and Justice Studies Association which is the national organization for the field.) I also served as co-editor, for 5 years, of Peace and Change -- one of the main journals in the field." [2]

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  1. Mark N. Lance, Georgetown University, accessed March 9, 2010.
  2. New PJP Director: Prof. Mark Lance, Georgetown, accessed April 16, 2010.