Dr. Andrew Cling

Professor, Philosophy Associate Dean, Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences


Dr. Andrew D. Cling's research in philosophy is currently focused on questions in the theory of knowledge. In particular, he is interested in a family of ancient skeptical paradoxes that seem to show that some of our core assumptions about having reasons for belief and good standards for intellectual judgment are inconsistent. He is currently at work on a manuscript on the problem of the criterion and the epistemic regress problem, two of these ancient paradoxes. Dr. Cling is also engaged in interdisciplinary work on memory and eyewitness identification with Dr. Jeffrey Neuschatz of the UAH Department of Psychology. Dr. Cling's papers have appeared in such journals as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Synthese, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophical Psychology.

Dr. Andrew Cling's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1987
  • M.A., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1983
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Missouri, 1979

Classes Taught


  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alabama Philosophical Society

Honors and Awards

  • UAH Foundation Research and Creative Achievement Award, 2009.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1995 (FT-40556-95).
  • UAH Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, 1993.
  • Franklin J. Matchette Teaching Award, Philosophy Department, Vanderbilt University, 1984.
  • Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholar, Vanderbilt University, 1979–1984.


  • Reasons and Tragedy: Epistemic Regress Problems and the Meanings of Life. (in preparation)
  • The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification. (with James Lampinen and Jeffrey Neuschatz) Psychology Press, 2012.
  • "The Problem of the Criterion," invited chapter for Skepticism: From Antiquity to the Present, Diego Machuca and Baron Reed (eds.). (Bloomsbury: Forthcoming).
  • "Do Prophylactics Prevent Inflation?: Post–Identification Feedback and the Effectiveness of Procedures to Protect Against Confidence–Inflation in Earwitnesses, Quinlivan, D., Neuschatz, J., Jimenez, A., Cling, A., Douglass, A., and Goodsell, C., Law and Human Behavior 33 (2009), pp. 111–121.
  • “Love’s Logic Lost: The Couplet of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116” with Jeffrey Nelson (UAH English Department) ANQ (American Notes and Queries) 13 (2000), pp. 14–19.
  • "Intentionality, in John Lachs and Robert Talisse (eds.) American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2007).