I am Professor of Philosophy and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. My work focuses on epistemological issues that arise in political, social, and scientific contexts. I also have research interests in American Pragmatism, particularly the work of John Dewey. Most recently, I have developed an interest in the moral and social dimensions of business, and am an inaugural member of the Society for Progress.

I started at St. Olaf in the fall of 2010 after spending a year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Rutgers University in the Center for Cultural Analysis. I completed my Ph.D. in 2009 in the Columbia Department of Philosophy. For the 2016-17 and 2022-23 academic years, I was a Visiting Professor at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

As an undergraduate I completed a dual-degree program at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where I studied jazz saxophone. I remain active as a saxophonist and, more recently, as a drummer in the Counterfactuals.

Office: Holland Hall 417
Email: fuerstei@stolaf.edu
Office Hours (Spring 2024): Mondays 2-3, Tuesdays 12:15-1:15, and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 or by appointment.


Ph.D., Philosophy, Columbia University
B.A., Philosophy, Tufts University
B.M., Jazz Saxophone Performance, New England Conservatory of Music