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Mason Marshall Faculty Profile

Mason Marshall

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College
CAC 211


Mason Marshall is associate professor of philosophy and coordinator of the philosophy program at Pepperdine. His main research involves ancient philosophy, especially Plato.


  • PhD Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
  • BA Philosophy, Furman University
  • Socratic Protreptic (book manuscript in progress)
  • Socrates' Defensible Devices in Plato's Meno," Theory and Research in Education (forthcoming)
  • "Restored Philosophy," in Restoration and Philosophy: New Philosophical Engagements with the Stone-Campbell Tradition, edited by J. Caleb Clanton (University of Tennessee Press, forthcoming)
  • "Is Clarity Essential to Good Teaching?" (with Pepperdine student Aaron M. Clark), Teaching Philosophy 33.3 (2010): 271-289
  • "The Republic's Ambiguous Democracy" (with Pepperdine student Shane A. Bilsborough), History of Philosophy Quarterly 27.4 (2010): 301-316
  • "Democracy in Plato's Republic: How Bad Is It Supposed to Be?" Southwest Philosophy Review 25.1 (2009): 93-105
  • "Revisiting Gender-Inclusive God-Talk: A New, Wesleyan Argument" (with J. Aaron Simmons), Philosophy and Theology 20.1-2 (2009): 243-263
  • "The Possibility Requirement in Plato's Republic," Ancient Philosophy 28.1 (2008): 71-85
  • "Freedom through Critique: Thoreau's Service to Others," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41.2 (2005): 395-427
  • "The Role of Reason for Borden Parker Bowne," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 38.4 (2002): 649-671
  • Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University, 2011
  • "Christianity and Intellectual Seriousness," Thirteenth International Conference on Persons, Boston, Massachusetts, 4 August 2015 (invited)
  • "Is Plato's Republic Aristocratic?" American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division (main program), December 2012
  • "The Unity of Plato's Timaeus-Critias," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (main program), March 2010
  • "The Straussian Reading of Plato's Republic," American Philosophical Association, Central Division (main program), February 2010
  • "A Problem for the Political Reading of Plato's Republic," Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, at the American Philological Association, January 2010
  • "What Has a Fundamentalist to Do with Liberal Education?" Third Annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, October 2009
  • "What Is Atlantis Doing in Plato's Timaeus-Critias?" Association for Core Texts and Courses, April 2009
  • "Democracy in Plato's Republic: How Bad Is It Supposed to Be?"
    • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, April 2009
    • Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 2008
  • "The Possibility Requirement in Plato's Republic"
    • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (main program), March 2008
    • Tennessee Philosophical Association, October 2007
  • "Theology as Practice: A Wesleyan Response to a Feminist Version of the Problem of Evil" (with J. Aaron Simmons), Wesleyan Theological Society, March 2007
  • "Problems with the Standard Readings of Plato's Timaeus," Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 2006
  • "The Doctrine of Recollection and Psychagogical Paradox in Plato's Meno," Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 2004
  • "Personalism and Reading Plato's Dialogues: The Euthyphro Reconsidered," Seventh International Conference on Persons (The University of Memphis), August 2003
  • "Some Personal Benefits of Socrates' Elenchos," Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 2002
  • "The Role of Reason for Borden Parker Bowne"
    • Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 2001
    • Sixth International Conference on Persons (Gaming, Austria), August 2001
  • "Let Them Laugh: Autism and George Santayana," Pragmatism at the Crossroads (graduate student philosophy conference at Vanderbilt University), January 2001 (invited)
  • "Can Philosophy be Relevant to an Autistic Life?" Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 2000


  • Ancient philosophy
  • Plato
  • Education


  • Aesthetics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Business Ethics
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Great Books I, II, and III
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Reasons for Faith
  • Romantic Love and Personal Identity