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.
Language: A Biological Model
On Clear and Confused Ideas
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Existence Proof for a Viable Externalism
On Readings Signs: Some Differences between Us and the Others
Styles of Rationality
Some Reflections on the TT - ST Debate
A Common Structure for Concepts: Individuals, Stuffs and Read Kinds: More Mama, More Milk and More Mouse.
With Enemies Like These, I Don't Need Friends: Words, Concepts and Entities
Biofunctions: Two Paradigms
In Defense of Public Language
Language Conventions Made Simple
Reading Mother Nature's Mind
The Language-Thought Partnership: A Bird's Eye View
The Myth of Mental Indexicals
Historical Kinds and the Special Sciences
Wings, Spoons, Pills, and Quills: A Pluralist Theory of Function
What has Natural Information have to do with Intentional Representation?
How We Make Our Ideas Clear: Empiricist Epistemology for Empirical Concepts. The Tenth Annual Romannell Lecture on Philosophical Naturalism For the American Philosophical Association
World Congress XX
What is Behavior? A Philosophical Essay on Ethology and Indivualism in Psychology, Part One. "Recognitional Concept"
A More Plausible Kind of "Recognitional Concept"
The Green Grass Growing All Around. A Philosophical Essay on Ethology and Individualism in Psychology. Part II.
Reply to Boyd on "Historical Kinds and the '"Special Sciences'"
On Cognitive Luck: Externalism in an Evolutionary Frame.
Cutting Philosophy of Language Down to Size
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. Mental Content: Theories of.
"Biosemantics" for the Oxford Handbook in the Philosophy of Mind. Brian McLaughlin, Editor.
The Father, the Son and the Daughter: Sellars, Brandom and Millikan
Handbook of Embedded Cognition. Embedded Rationality.
Handbook of Philosophy of Psychology. Thoughts of Real Kinds.
For a complete listing of articles and books, please see my Curriculum Vitae.