William Krieger is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Having received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Claremont Graduate University, a B.S. in Biology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he joined the department in 2006. Dr. Krieger ’s research interests include the Philosophy of Science, Science and Values, the Philosophy of Technology, Epistemology and Metaphysics, the Philosophy of Religion, and Archaeological Theory.
Dr Krieger's teaching interests reflect his research, and he was nominated for the URI Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2011 and he was awarded the URI College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award in that same year. Dr Krieger does advising for University College and for the Department and he is a member (and parliamentarian) for the URI Faculty Senate.
A working archaeologist who has gotten his hands dirty and/or wet at a variety of sites throughout Israel, Dr Krieger is currently Co-Director of the Israel Coast Exploration (ICE) project, a research dig and field school that provides training opportunities in terrestrial and underwater archaeology as well as in archaeological conservation and heritage (Come join us).
In 2010 Dr Krieger participated in a conference devoted to underwater archaeology. The resulting document, the Penn-Brock Statement of Principles and Best Practices for Underwater Archaeology and the Stewardship of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean is helping to shape international policy by putting forward a set of principles and best practices for underwater archaeology and the stewardship of underwater cultural heritage.
Dr Krieger currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the International Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), as an area editor (in Archaeological Theory) for The Journal Religious Studies Review, and as a member of the URI Archaeology Group and the John Hazen White Center for Ethics and Public Service. He has also served on boards for a variety of other organizations focusing on archaeology, religion, and the humanities.
Major publications include:
"The Unexpected Realist " (with Brian Keeley) in Brian Keeley (ed.) Paul Churchland. Cambridge Univ Press. 2006. ISBN: 0-5218-3011-7
"Theory, Locality, and Methodology in Archaeology: Just Add Water?" HOPOS: the Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. University of Chicago Press.2:2 2012, p 243-257.
"UNESCO, URI, and Archaeology in the Deep Blue Sea: Archaeological Ethics and Archaeological Oceanography" (with Bridget Buxton). Journal of Maritime Archaeology. Springer Press. 7:2. 2012, p 271-284.
"Processual Archaeology." Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. 2012.
"Kosso's Coherence." History and Theory. Hanover: Sheridan Press. Vol. 47:3. October 2008, 436-442.
"Archaeological Evidence and the Philosophy of Science: A Case Study." Proceedings. Hawai'i International Conference on Arts and Humanities. 2004. ISSN: 1541-5899
Courses - Philosophy:
PHL 101: Critical Thinking (Face to Face and Online Versions)
PHL 101H: Critical Thinking (Honors Program)
PHL 103: Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 215: Science and Inquiry
PHL 342: Knowledge, Belief, and Truth
PHL 452: Philosophy of Science
PHL 453: Philosophy of Social Science
PHL 490: CAPSTONE: Philosophy of Archaeology
PHL 490: CAPSTONE: Philosophy of Technology
Courses - Archaeology:
LET 151: Archaeology Frontiers (Team taught)
HON 307: Israel Coast (letters)
HON 310: Israel Archaeology Field School (social science)
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