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EMPLOYMENT

University of Miami; full professor; 2013-

University of Miami; associate professor; 2008-13

University of Miami; assistant professor; 2002-7

University of Miami; visiting assistant professor; 2001-2

California Polytechnic State University; associate professor (with tenure); 2002-3

California Polytechnic State University; assistant professor; 1996-2002

HIGHER EDUCATION

University of California Los Angeles; Ph.D.; 1996

University College, London; M.Phil; 1987

Bedford College, London; M.A.; 1983

King’s College, London; B.Music; 1981

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood; Oxford University Press; 2008

Donald Davidson; Stanford University Press; 1991 (Japanese translation, with new foreword, Keiso Shobo, 1995

Refereed articles and invited book chapters:

“Mass Production,” Bill Brewer and Javier Cumpa (eds.) Ordinary Objects (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2019)

“The Use of Sets (and Other Extensional Entities) in the Analysis of Hylomorphically Complex Objects,” Metaphysics; 2018, 97-109

“The Anonymity of a Murmur: Internet (and Other) Memes,” British Journal of Aesthetics; 2018; 303-18 

“Critical Notice: Thomas Sattig’s The Double Lives of Objects: An Essay in the Metaphysics of the Ordinary World,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy; 2018; 142-57

“Much Ado about Something-from-Nothing: or, Problems for Ontological Minimalism,” Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe (eds.), Ontology After Carnap (Oxford University Press, 2016)

“’But is it Science Fiction?’: Science Fiction and a Theory of Genre,” Eric Schwitzgebel and Howard Wettstein (eds.), Midwest Studies in Philosophy XXXIX (2015)

“Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism,” Journal of the Philosophy of History; 2014; 118-40

“Ready-Mades: Ontology and Aesthetics,” British Journal of Aesthetics; 2013; 407-23

“Constitution and Composition: Three Approaches to their Relation,” ProtoSociology; 2011

“Constitution and Qua Objects in the Ontology of Music”; British Journal of Aesthetics; 2009; 203-17

“Modal Epistemology: Our Knowledge of Necessity and Possibility”; Philosophy Compass; 2008 (on-line)

“Kinds and Conscious Experience: Is There Anything It is Like to Be Something?”; Metaphilosophy; 2008; 185-202

“Personhood and Future Belief: Two Arguments for Something Like Reflection”; Erkenntnis; 2007; 91-110

“Containing Multitudes: Reflection, Expertise and Persons as Groups”; Episteme; 2005; 57-64

“Epistemic Unities”; Erkenntnis; 2003; 365-88

“The Universality of Logic: On the Connection between Rationality and Logical Ability”; Mind; 2001; 335-67

“Learning from One’s Mistakes: Epistemic Modesty and the Nature of Belief”; Pacific Philosophical Quarterly; 2001; 157-77

“Believing Conjunctions”; Synthese; 1999; 201-227

“On the Way to Language”; Lewis Hahn (ed.), The Philosophy of Donald Davidson (Library of Living Philosophers Series; Chicago: Open Court Publishing Co.; 1999; 289-304

“Hume, Conjectural History, and the Uniformity of Human Nature”; Journal of the History of Philosophy; 1993; 589-606

“Understanding Madness?”; Ratio (new series); 1989; 1-18

“Freud’s Ambiguous Concepts”; Journal of Speculative Philosophy; 1989; 86-99

“Innate Principles and Radical Interpretation”; The Locke Newsletter; 1987; 33-44

Other publications:

Review of Dan Korman, Objects: Nothing Out of the Ordinary; Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews ; 2017

“Comments on Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language, and Reality”; Florida Philosophical Review; 2007; 121-7 (reprint of review in Mind)

“Reply to Lynne Baker” (Portuguese); Proceedings of Mind and Action III; Lisbon: Colibri; 2005; 131-6

“Frege on Truth, Beauty and Goodness”; Manuscrito; 2003; 315-30

“Closure and Rational Belief”; Paul Weingartner et al. (eds.), Knowledge and Belief; Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society; 2003; 109-11

“An Epistemic Component to Personal Identity: the Case of Religious Conversion”; Christian Kanzian et al. (eds.), Persons. An Interdisciplinary Approach: Papers of the 25th International Wittgenstein Symposium; Kirchberg am Weschsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society; 2002; 51-3

Entry on Davidson for Robert Arrington (ed.), Companion to the Philosophers; Oxford: Blackwell; 1998;

Review of Robert Stalnaker, Our Knowledge of the Internal World; Analysis, 2010; 393-5.

Review of Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Knowledge and Reality; Mind; 2007; 446-52

Review of Hans-Joachim Glock, Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality; The Times Literary Supplement; 2004; 22

Review of Peter Forrest, God without the Supernatural; Faith and Philosophy; 1999; 573-77

Review of Jennifer Hornsby, Simple Mindedness. In Defense of Naive Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mind; Manuscrito; 1998; 151-61

Review of Graham Priest, Beyond the Limits of Thought; Manuscrito; 1997; 103-10

Review of W. Child, Causality, Interpretation and the Mind; The Times Literary Supplement; 1994; 24

Review of J.E. Malpas, Donald Davidson and the Mirror of Meaning; The Times Literary Supplement; 1994; 30

PROFESSIONAL

Funded research:

Emily Harvey Foundation Residential Fellowship, Venice 2018

Humanites Center Fellow 2017-8

Dean’s Award for Associate Professors in Book Fields, Fall 2013

Humanities Center Fellow 2011-2

Orovitz Summer Fellowship, University of Miami; $6,300; 2010; (sole investigator for all of these awards)

Orovitz Summer Fellowship, University of Miami; $9,000; 2007;

Orovitz Summer Fellowship, University of Miami; $9,000; 2006

Other professional activities:

“Expressive Limitations on Patients in Psychoanalysis: The View from the Philosophy of Language,” Kings College London, UK, November 2018

“Expressive Limitations on Patients in Psychoanalysis: The View from the Philosophy of Language,” Fribourg University, Switzerland, October 2018

“The Anonymity of a Murmur: Internet (and Other) Memes,” Leeds University, UK, June 2018

“The Anonymity of a Murmur: Internet (and Other) Memes,” Haifa University, Israel, May 2018

Making Objects and Events: Author Meets Critics, APA, Savannah, USA, January 2018

“Doing X by Doing Y: Davidson and the Structure of Action,” Davidson Centenary Conference, Mumbai, India, November 2017

“The Ontology of Memes,” Mumbai University, Mumbai, India, November 2017

“The Ontology of Memes,” Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, November 2017

“Batman and the Metaphysics of Memes,” University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, June 2017

“Batman and the Metaphyiscs of Memes,” Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, May 2017

Reply to Asya Passinsky at Canadian Metaphysics Consortium conference, Banff, Canada, May 2017

“Batman and the Metaphyiscs of Memes,” Brooklyn College, CUNY, Minorities and Philosophy Colloquium, April 2017

“Natural Languages as Artifacts: An Exercise in Social Ontology,” Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, May 2016

“Natural Languages as Artifacts: An Exercise in Social Ontology,” Society for Exact Philosophy conference, Miami, May 2016

“‘But Is It Science Fiction?’: Science Fiction and a Theory of Genre,” invited talk at the Department of Philosophy, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, June 2015

“‘But Is It Science Fiction?’: Science Fiction and a Theory of Genre,” invited talk at the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, June 2015

“Varieties of Hylomorphism,” invited talk at the Department of Philosophy,  Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, May 2014

“Translation and the Ontology of Languages,” invited talk at Philosophy of Translation, Translation of Philosophy conference at the University of Zurich, February 2014

Panelist at roundtable at Graduate Student Epistemology Conference, UM, January 2014

“Varieties of Hylomorphism,” invited talk at the Department of Philosophy, Turku University, Finland, June 2013

“Varieties of Hylomorphism,” invited talk for the Serious Metaphysics Group at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, June 2013

“Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism,” invited presentation at the research seminar, Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, Israel, May 2013

Panelist at roundtable at Graduate Student Epistemology Conference, UM, January 2013

“The Ontology of the Readymade,” at the 2011-12 Humanities Fellows Symposium, University of Miami, October 2012.

“Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism,” invited talk at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, May 2012

“What Cannot Be Created Ex Nihilo?” Invited keynote speaker at Southeastern Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Florida, March 2012

Panelist at roundtable at Graduate Student Epistemology Conference, UM, January 2012

“Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism,” paper delivered at Florida Philosophical Association Conference, November 2011

“What Cannot Be Created Ex Nihilo?” invited talk at King’s College London, June 2011

“What Cannot Be Created Ex Nihilo?” invited talk at Haifa University, Israel, June 2011

“Creation Ex Nihilo: Making and Making Out of,” invited talk at University College London, June 2010

“Creation Ex Nihilo: Making and Making Out of,” invited talk at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, June 2010

Participant in a round-table discussion on modal epistemology at the UM Graduate Student Epistemology Conference, Jan 2010

“The Constitution of Action,” invited talk at the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, June 2009

“The Constitution of Action,” invited talk at the department of philosophy, Bar Ilan University, Israel, May 2009

Author Meets Critics session on my book Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood, at American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division conference, Vancouver, Apr 2009

Author Meets Critics session on my book Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood, at Florida Philosophical Association conference, Daytona Beach, Nov 2008

“How are Objects Related to the Events They are Involved in?,” invited talk at the department of philosophy, University of Haifa, Israel, May 2008

“Philosophy of the Mind,” public lecture, Culture in the City, Miami, June 2007

“Personhood and Future Belief,” invited talk at the philosophy department, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, May 2007

Reply to Jamie Phillips at Pacific APA, March 2007

Critic in an Author Meets Critics session on Kirk Ludwig and Ernest Lepore’s Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Knowledge and Reality; Mind at the Florida Philosophical Association conference, Tampa, Nov 2006

Reply to Justin Fisher at Pacific APA, March 2006

“Personhood and Future Belief: Two New Arguments for Reflection,” Keynote Address, UM Graduate Conference in Epistemology, January 2006

Reply to Jonathan Adler, AILACT session at Eastern APA, December 2005

“Is There Something That It Is Like?,” at APA Eastern Division, December 2005

“Persons, Groups and Expertise,” at 2nd Annual Episteme conference, June 2005

“The Shape of a Life: Epistemic Constraints on Personal Identity,” at the INPC 8th annual conference on Time and Identity, March 2005

Is There Something That It Is Like?,” at the Florida Philosophical Association annual conference, Nov 2004

“Reflection, Personal Identity and Epistemic Change,” colloquium at University of Illinois Chicago, April 2004

“Taking One’s Current Beliefs as Evidence,” Student Philosophy Club, University of Chicago, April 2004

Reply to J.R. Schrader, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, Pasadena, March 2004

“Closure and Rational Belief,” at the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Aug 2003

“Problems in the Evolution of Thought,” at The Evolution and Development of Cognition and Emotion, conference at the University of Miami, March 2003

“Closure, Consistency and Rational Belief: Some New and Concrete Proposals,” at the Florida Philosophical Association annual conference, Nov 2002

“An Epistemic Component to Personal Identity: the Case of Religious Conversion,” at the 25th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Aug 2002

“Epistemic Unities,” at the conference on Action and Social Ontology, University of Miami, Jan 2002

“Self-Knowledge and Reflection,” at the Florida Philosophical Association annual conference, Nov 2001

“Belief and Toleration,” at Cal Poly Annual Philosophy Colloquium, May 2001

Invited Reply to a paper by Lynne Baker, at Mind and Action III, Lisbon, May 2001

“Logical Obviousness,” at Central Valley Philosophical Association Conference, October 2000

“The Universality of Logic,” an invited guest lecture at the Institute for Philosophy of Language at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal, June 2000

“Learning from One’s Mistakes: Epistemic Modesty and the Nature of Belief,” Cal Poly Annual Philosophy Colloquium, May 2000

“Learning from One’s Mistakes: Epistemic Modesty and the Rationality of Conjunctive Belief” at the APA Pacific Division conference, Spring 2000

Reply to David Braun’s “Russellianism and Psychological Generalizations” at the APA Pacific Division conference, Spring 1999

“On the Way to Language,” invited guest lecture at the Institute for Philosophy of Language at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal, September 1998

Consultant for a CD-ROM on various contemporary philosophers, produced by the Institute for the Philosophy of Language, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

TEACHING

Graduate Seminars:

Rational Belief

The Limits of Thought

Mereology

Modal Epistemology

Artifacts (jointly with Amie Thomasson)

Hylomorphism

Metaphysics in Mind (jointly with Eli Chudnoff)

Proseminar 1

Proseminar 2 (jointly with Eli Chudnoff)

Thesis and dissertation advising:

Dissertation Committee Member for:

Eivind Balsvik (2003)

Jennifer Burgis (2018)

Elizabeth Cantalamessa (2018-) as Chair

Hsi-Heng Cheng (2006)

Dan Cohen (2012) as Chair

Nicole Colston (MA from Communications) (2005)

Rami El Ali (2014)

Adam Hauptfeld (2016-)

Fredrik Haraldsen (2009-13)

Wei Huang (2016-)

Nurbay Irmak (2014)

Dogan Kazakli (2018-)

Michael McCracken (2005-2010)

Amanda McMullen (2015-)

Brian Mondy (2009-11)

Shea Musgrave (2018-)

Robin Nieman (2009-)

Seong Oh (2016-)

Rina Tzinman (2016) as Chair

Kiriake Xerohemona (2004)

Mark Warren (2010-3)

Graduate Student Individual Studies:

Eivind Balsvik

Olivier Boruchowitz

Wilson Ho

Ryan Lake

Huaping Lu

Shane Oakley

Jonathan Quianzon

Michael Sutherland

SERVICE

University committees etc.:

Academic Senate (2007-2010)

College Council (2005-)

Alternate rep to Graduate Council (2011-)

Member of Grievance Panel to deal with a case in Nov/Dec 2011

University Research Council (2012-5)

Humanities Center Advisory Board (2017-)