Irem Kurtsal

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
Department: Philosophy, Religious Studies
Degrees: PhD, Syracuse University; MA, Bogazici University (Istanbul)

Contact Info:
Phone: (814) 332-3311

Office Location: Odd Fellows 116
Office Hours: FALL 2020 (ONLINE – email for link and password)
Tues. 3:45-4:45; Wed. 1:30-4:45; Thurs. 3:45-5:30 or by appointment

Courses (FA ’20)
PHIL 140 – Ethics and Community
PHIL 210 – Oppression and Liberation
PHIL 580 – Philosophy SeminarIrem has been teaching at Allegheny College since Fall 2017. Her research is on the metaphysics and epistemology of identity through time, both of things and of ourselves. In addition to metaphysics, she teaches classes on ethics, applied ethics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, free will, logic, philosophy of science and modern philosophy. She collaborates with other scholars on interfaith dialogue projects. Her favorite hobbies are running and acting, especially improv acting. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, she can also be found teaching Mediterranean cooking classes.

Areas of Specialization: Metaphysics

 Areas of Teaching Competence: Ethics, Applied Ethics,Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Logic


  • “Sorites Paradox in Metaphysics”, forthcoming, Oms, S., Zardini E. (eds), The Sorites Paradox, Cambridge University Press.
  • “Almost-Ontology: Why Epistemicism Cannot Help Us Avoid Unrestricted Composition or Diachronic Plenitude”, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 95:1 130-139, 2014.
  • “Three-Dimensionalist’s Semantic Solution to Diachronic Vagueness”, Philosophical Studies 150: 79-96, 2010.
  • “Russel on Matter and Our Knowledge of the External World”, Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 124: 13-22, 2004. -Winner of the Betrand Russell Society Student Essay Prize