I am an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Georgia

Areas of SpecializationWittgenstein, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, and Existentialism

With philosophy of language and metaphysics, I am primarily interested in language-world relations, particularly in relation to the implications of alternative conceptual schemes. Among other things, I am interested in issues concerning the language-relativity of ontology. My work on Wittgenstein and Putnam has lead me to metametaphysical questions concerning the nature of metaphysical and ontological disputes.

I first came to philosophy for what I would call existentialist reasons. I am now returning to many of those concerns, doing research and teaching classes on topics such as happiness, suffering, death, awe, and love. 

Areas of CompetenceEpistemology, Logic, and Ethics

With epistemology I am particularly interested in working out the best way to understand fallibilism and I am interested in the development of philosophical methodology (e.g., the ways in which philosophy has been a varying mix of the a priori and the a posteriori).

With ethics I am particularly interested in the question of what constitutes a life worth living and the nature of the relationships between ethics, a life worth living, philosophy, and religion. Part of that deep interest compels me to think seriously about Nietzsche, his work on the question of values, and the role and nature of suffering in human existence.  


George Wrisley

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Jennie Kinneberg Wrisley in Memoriam

Working on Living—through philosophy

Dissertation Abstract

Dissertation Front Matter

Sample Work and Work in Progress

Private Language - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry co-authored with Stewart Candlish

The Buddha Still Rides a Bike: Wittgenstein, Dōgen, and the Entanglement of Language and Enlightenment

Putnam, Wittgenstein, and the Intelligibility of Metaphysical Realism

Nietzsche and the Value of Suffering

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