Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, U-2054
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-2054
Office: 202 Manchester Hall
Phone: (860) 486-4592
Philosophy of biology, psychology and language.
My research interests span many topics in the philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and ontology. The unity is in method rather than subject matter. The aspects of these fields that interest me are continuous with relevant scientific work and with the philosophy of science. I have been especially interested in applications of evolutionary theory in these areas, and in the ontology that makes study of biological entities possible.
For a complete listing of articles and books, please see my Curriculum Vitae.
2005, Language: A Biological Model , Oxford
2004, Varieties of Meaning, The Jean Nicod Lectures 2002, MIT
2000, On Clear and Confused Ideas, Cambridge
Online Papers: (Places of publication are in my curriculum vitae above.)
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2004 Existence Proof for a Viable Externalism
2004 On Readings Signs: Some Differences between Us and the Others
2006 Styles of Rationality
2005 Some Reflections on the TT - ST Debate
1998 A Common Structure for Concepts: Individuals, Stuffs and Read Kinds: More Mama, More Milk and More Mouse.
1998 With Enemies Like These, I Don't Need Friends: Words, Concepts and Entities
2002 Biofunctions: Two Paradigms
2003 In Defense of Public Language
1998 Language Conventions Made Simple
2000 Reading Mother Nature's Mind
2001 The Language-Thought Partnership: A Bird's Eye View
2001 The Myth of Mental Indexicals
1999 Historical Kinds and the Special Sciences
1999 Wings, Spoons, Pills, and Quills: A Pluralist Theory of Function
2001 What has Natural Information have to do with Intentional Representation?
1998 How We Make Our Ideas Clear: Empiricist Epistemology for Empirical Concepts.
1998 Naturalizing Intentionality, World Congress XX
1993 White Queen Psychology, Chapter 7, What is Behavior? A Philosophical Essay on Ethology and Indivualism in Psychology, Part One.
1998 A More Plausible Kind of "Recognitional Concept"
1993 White Queen Psychology, Chapter 8, The Green Grass Growing All Around. A Philosophical Essay on Ethology and Individualism in Psychology. Part II.
1998 Reply to Boyd on "Historical Kinds and the '"Special Sciences'"
1998 Cognitive Luck: Externalism in an Evolutionary Frame.
1996 Pushmi-Pullyu Representations.
2001 Cutting Philosophy of Language Down to Size
1996 On Swampkinds.
2003 Teleological Theories of Mental Content.
2008 "Biosemantics" for the Oxford Handbook in the Philosophy of Mind. Brian McLaughlin, Editor.
2005 The Son and the Daughter: Sellars, Brandom and Millikan
2006 Useless Content
2009 Embedded Rationality.
2007 An Input Condition for Teleosemantics
2008 A Difference of Some Consequence Between Conventions and Rules
2010 On Knowing the Meaning with a Coda on Swampman
2011 Loosing the Word-Concept tie
2012, Accidents, APA John Dewey Lecture
2012 Are There Mental Indexicals and Demonstratives
2012 On Meaning, Meaning and Meaning
2012 Spracherwerb Learning Language
2012 What's Inside a Thinking Animal?
2013 An Epistemology for Phenomenology
Forthcoming, Thoughts of Real Kinds.