gualtiero piccinini


Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurodynamics

University of MissouriSt. Louis

599 Lucas Hall 1 University Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63121-4400

314-516-6160

piccininig@umsl.edu • www.umsl.edu/~piccininig/

 

Employment

Professor, Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri – Saint Louis, 2014-present.

                  Department chair, 2011-2014.

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri – Saint Louis, 2010-2014.

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri – Saint Louis, 2005-2010.

James S. McDonnell Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Program in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003-2005.

 

Visiting Positions

Visiting Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, Spring 2015.

Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, May 2011.

Visiting Assistant Professor, SCUDO (engineering graduate school), Politecnico di Torino, Italy, May 2007 and June 2009.

 

Education

Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, August 2003. 

B.A., Philosophy and Cognitive Science, cum laude (highest honor), Università di Torino, Italy, 1994.

 

Research Areas

Specialization: Mind, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computation

Competences: Metaphysics, Language, Science

 

Editorial Service

  1. Board of Reviewers, Cognitive Science, 2015-.
  2. Editorial Board, Humanities, 2011-.
  3. Area Editor of PhilPapers for Philosophy of Cognitive Science, 2011-.
  4. Editor of the Synthese yearly issue on “Neuroscience and Its Philosophy,” 2010-.
  5. Editor-in-Chief of the Springer book series “Studies in Brain and Mind,” 2010-.
  6. Board of Editors, The Rutherford Journal: The New Zealand Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2010-.
  7. Philosophy Editor, Journal of Cognitive Science, 2009-.

 

Books

  1. Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2015).
  2. The Philosophy of Computing (with B. Jack Copeland, Diane Proudfoot, and Oron Shagrir). An e-book republishing previously published articles, Turing Archive for the History of Computing (forthcoming).

 

Edited Volumes

  1. Section Editor and Introduction, Foundational Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience, in Handbook of Neuroethics, edited by Jens Clausen and Neil Levy (2015), Berlin: Springer.
  2. Guest editor (with Liza Skidelsky), Computationalism and Mechanism in Psychological Explanation, special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Science, 14.3 (2013).
  3. Guest editor, A Computational Foundation for the Study of Cognition I, II, III, IV four special issues of the Journal of Cognitive Science, 12.4 (2011), 13.1, 13.2, 13.3 (2012).
  4. Guest editor, Computational Explanation in Neuroscience, special issue of Synthese, 153.3 (2006).

 

Published Articles

  1. “A Unified Mechanistic Account of Teleological Functions for Psychology and Neuroscience” (with Corey J. Maley), in David Kaplan (ed.), Integrating Psychology and Neuroscience: Prospects and Problems, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming). 10,600 words.
  2. “The Computational Theory of Cognition,” in V. C. Müller (ed.), Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence (Synthese Library), Berlin: Springer (forthcoming). 8,300 words.
  3. “The Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution” (with Worth Boone), Synthese (2015). 13,000 words. 10.1007/s11229-015-0783-4
  4. “Access Denied to Zombies,” Topoi (2015), 10.1007/s11245-015-9323-6.
  5. “Is Consciousness a Spandrel?” (with Zack Robinson and Corey J. Maley), Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 1.2 (2015), 365-383.
  6. “No Mental Life after Brain Death: The Argument from the Neural Localization of Mental Functions” (with Sonya Bahar). In Michael Martin and Keith Augustine, eds., The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life after Death, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (2015), pp. 135-170.
  7. “The Metaphysics of Mind and the Multiple Sources of Multiple Realizability” (with Corey J. Maley), in M. Sprevak and J. Kallestrup, eds., New Waves in the Philosophy of Mind, Palgrave Macmillan (2014), pp. 125-152.
  8. “Functions Must Be Performed at Appropriate Rates in Appropriate Situations” (with Justin Garson), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 65.1 (2014), pp. 1-20.
  9.  “Get the Latest Upgrade: Functionalism 6.3.1” (with Corey J. Maley), in a special issue of Philosophia Scientiae on the Mind-Body Problem in Cognitive Neuroscience edited by Gabriel Vacariu, 17.2 (2013), pp. 135-149.
  10. “Neural Computation and the Computational Theory of Cognition” (with Sonya Bahar), Cognitive Science 34 (2013), pp. 453–488.
  11. “From Phenomenology to the Self-Measurement Methodology of First-Person Data” (with Corey J. Maley), in Richard Brown, ed., Consciousness Inside and Out: Phenomenology, Neuroscience, and the Nature of Experience, Springer (2013), pp. 27-34.
  12. “Integrating Psychology and Neuroscience: Functional Analyses as Mechanism Sketches” (with Carl F. Craver), Synthese, 183.3 (2011), pp. 283-311.

Reprinted in J. L. Bermudez and B. Towl, eds., The Philosophy of Psychology, Routledge (2012).

  1. “The Physical Church-Turing Thesis: Modest or Bold?”  The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 62.4 (2011), pp. 733-769.
  2. “Information Processing, Computation, and Cognition” (with Andrea Scarantino). Journal of Biological Physics, 37.1 (2011), pp. 1-38.
  3. “Two Kinds of Concept: Implicit and Explicit,” Dialogue, 50 (2011), pp. 179-193.
  4. “Scientific Methods Must Be Public, and Descriptive Experience Sampling Qualifies.” Journal of Consciousness Studies, 18.1 (2011), pp. 102-117, a symposium on Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic, by R. T. Hurlburt and E. Schwitzgebel (followed by a response by Schwitzgebel).
  5. “The Resilience of Computationalism.”  Philosophy of Science, 77.5 (2010), pp. 852-861.
  6. “Computation vs. Information Processing: Why Their Difference Matters to Cognitive Science” (with Andrea Scarantino).  Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 41.3 (2010), pp. 237-246.
  7. “The Mind as Neural Software? Understanding Functionalism, Computationalism, and Computational Functionalism.”  Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 81.2 (2010), pp. 269-311.
  8. “Recovering What Is Said with Empty Names” (with Sam Scott).  Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 40.2 (2010), pp. 239-274.
  9. “Information without Truth” (with Andrea Scarantino).  Metaphilosophy, 43.3 (2010), pp. 313-330.

Reprinted in P. Allo, ed., Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information, Blackwell (2010), pp. 66-83.

  1. “How to Improve on Heterophenomenology: The Self-Measurement Methodology of First-Person Data.”  Journal of Consciousness Studies, 17.3-4 (2010), pp. 84-106.
  2. “Are Prototypes and Exemplars Used in Distinct Cognitive Processes?” (with James Virtel), commentary on Edouard Machery's book Doing without Concepts, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33 (2010), pp. 226-227.
  3. “First-Person Data, Publicity, and Self-Measurement.”  Philosophers’ Imprint, 9.9 (2009), pp. 1-16.
  4. “Some Neural Networks Compute, Others Don’t,” Neural Networks, 21.2-3 (2008), pp. 311-321, invited submission to a special issue on “Advances in Neural Networks Research: IJCNN ’07, 2007 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks.”

An early, abbreviated version of some portions of this article appeared as “Connectionist Computation” in International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2007 Conference Proceedings.  CD-ROM.  International Neural Network Society and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2007).

  1. “Computation without Representation,” Philosophical Studies, 137.2 (2008), 205-241.
  2. “Computers,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 89.1 (2008), 32-73.
  3. “Computing Mechanisms,” Philosophy of Science, 74.4 (2007), 501-526.
  4. “Computational Modeling vs. Computational Explanation: Is Everything a Turing Machine, and Does It Matter to the Philosophy of Mind?” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 85.1 (2007), pp. 93-115.

Italian translation (slightly abridged, followed by a commentary by Simone Gozzano): “Modelli computazionali e spiegazioni computazionali,” in P. Cherubini, P. Giaretta, M. Marraffa, and A. Paternoster (eds.), Cognizione e Computazione: Problemi, metodi e prospettive delle spiegazioni computazionali nelle scienze cognitive, CLEUP, Padova (2006), pp. 103-125.

  1. “Computationalism, the Church-Turing Thesis, and the Church-Turing Fallacy,” Synthese, 154.1 (2007), pp. 97-120.
  2. “The Ontology of Creature Consciousness: A Challenge for Philosophy” (commentary on “Consciousness without a Cerebral Cortex: A Challenge for Neuroscience and Medicine,” by Björn Merker), Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30.1 (2007), pp. 103-104.
  3. “Computational Explanation and Mechanistic Explanation of Mind,” in Cartographies of the Mind: Philosophy and Psychology in Intersection, M. de Caro, F. Ferretti, and M. Marraffa, eds., Dordrecht: Springer (2007), pp. 23-36.

Chinese translation, Science Press, Beijing, 2011.

  1. “Splitting Concepts” (with Sam Scott), Philosophy of Science, 73.4 (2006), pp. 390-409 (followed by a response by Edouard Machery).
  2. “Functionalism, Computationalism, and Mental Contents,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 34.3 (2004), pp. 375-410.
  3. “Functionalism, Computationalism, and Mental States,” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 35.4 (2004), pp. 811-833.
  4. “The First Computational Theory of Mind and Brain: A Close Look at McCulloch and Pitts’s ‘Logical Calculus of Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity’,” Synthese, 141.2 (2004), pp. 175-215.
  5. “Data from Introspective Reports: Upgrading from Commonsense to Science,” Journal of Consciousness Studies, 10.9-10 (2003), pp. 141-156, invited submission to a special issue. 

Reprinted in Anthony I. Jack and Andreas Roepstorff, eds., Trusting the Subject?  The Use of Introspective Evidence in Cognitive Science, Volume 1, Exeter: Imprint Academic (2003), pp. 141-156.

  1. “Epistemic Divergence and the Publicity of Scientific Methods,” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 34.3 (2003), pp. 597-612.
  2. “Alan Turing and the Mathematical Objection,” Minds and Machines, 13.1 (2003), pp. 23-48, invited submission to a special issue on hypercomputation.
  3. “Turing’s Rules for the Imitation Game,” Minds and Machines, 10.4 (2000), pp. 573-582, invited submission to a special issue on the Turing test.

Reprinted in James H. Moor, ed., The Turing Test: The Elusive Standard of Artificial Intelligence, Dordrecht: Kluwer (2003), pp. 111-120.

 

Review Articles and Encyclopedia Entries

  1. “Computation in Physical Systems,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2015/entries/computation-physicalsystems/>. (Substantive revision of the 2010 article by the same name.)
  2. “Computation and Information” (with Andrea Scarantino), in L. Floridi, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information (forthcoming).
  3. “Neural Representation and Computation” (with Corey J. Maley), in Handbook of Neuroethics, Jens Clausen and Neil Levy, eds., Berlin: Springer (2015), pp. 79-94.
  4. “Foundations of Computational Neuroscience” (with Oron Shagrir), Current Opinion in Neurobiology 25 (2014): 25-30.
  5. “Classical Computationalism, Connectionism, and Computational Neuroscience," in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, SAGE (2013).
  6. Computationalism,” in Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Eric Margolis, Richard Samuels, and Stephen Stich, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press (2011), pp. 222-249.
  7. “Computation in Physical Systems,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2010 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2010/entries/computation-physicalsystems/>.
  8. Computationalism in the Philosophy of Mind,” Philosophy Compass, 4.3 (2009), pp. 515-532.
  9. “Allen Newell,” in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, N. Koertge, ed., New York: Scribner (2007), Volume 5, pp. 254-258.
  10. “Computational Explanation in Neuroscience,” Synthese, 153.3 (2006), pp. 343-353.
  11. “Artificial Intelligence,” in The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia, J. Pfeifer and S. Sarkar, eds., New York: Routledge (2006), pp. 27-32.

 

Book Reviews

  1. Review of Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic, by R. T. Hurlburt and E. Schwitzgebel, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2008-04-25 (2008).
  2. Review of Computationalism: New Directions, edited by M. Scheutz, Philosophical Psychology, 18.3 (2005), pp. 387-391.
  3. Review of The Computer and the Brain, by J. von Neumann, Minds and Machines, 13.2 (2003), pp. 327-332.
  4. Review of The Mechanization of Mind: On the Origins of Cognitive Science, by J. Dupuy, Minds and Machines, 12.3 (2002), pp. 449-453.
  5. Review of Theory and Method in the Neurosciences, edited by P. Machamer, R. Grush, and P. McLaughlin, Philosophy of Science, 68.4 (2001), pp. 584-588.

 

Unpublished Manuscripts

“Mathematical Hypotheticalism”

“Functional Tradeoffs” (for a commentary on Justin Garson’s book?)

“Mechanistic Abstraction” (with Worth Boone).

“Activities are Manifestations of Causal Powers.” For Machamer Festschrift.

“Pancomputationalism” (with Neal Anderson).

 

Refereed Presentations

  1. “The Computational Theory of Cognition,” Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Vancouver, Canada, June 2014.
  2. “The Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution,” Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Vancouver, Canada, June 2014 (poster).

Also invited at:

Workshop on Mechanisms in the Life Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2014.

APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, February 2014.

Georgia State University, November 2013.

Washington University in St. Louis, October 2013.

  1. “The Ontology of Functional Mechanisms,” presented at:

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Savannah, GA, March 2012.

Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Providence, RI, June 2013 (poster).

Also invited at:

University of Alabama at Birmingham, January 2012.

St. Louis Area Philosophy Association meeting, March 2012.

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, April 2013.

  1. “The Metaphysics of Mind and the Multiple Sources of Multiple Realizability: A Mechanistic Perspective,” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, TX, March 2013.

Also invited at:

“Philosophy and the Brain,” Jerusalem, Israel, May 2013.

  1. “Functions Must Be Performed at Appropriate Rates in Appropriate Situations,” presented at:

Central States Philosophical Association Meeting, St. Louis, MO, September 2011.

APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, February 2012.

  1. “Integrating Psychology and Neuroscience: Functional Analyses as Mechanism Sketches,” Eastern APA, Washington, D.C., December 2011.  Also invited at:

Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, September 2010.

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, October 2010.

“Philosophy and the Brain: Computation, Realization, Representation,” Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2011.

7.       “Information Processing, Computation, and Cognition,” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Savannah, GA, April 2009.  Also invited at:

7th International Conference on Cognitive Science, Beijing, China, August 2010.

8.       “First-Person Data, Publicity, and Self-Measurement.”  Consciousness Online (http://consciousnessonline.wordpress.com/), February 2009.

9.       “The Resilience of Computationalism,” Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2008.

10.    “Recovering What Is Said with Empty Names,” Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, Aberdeen, U.K., 2008.

11.    “Access Denied to Zombies,” presented at:

APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, April 2008.

Tucson VII - Toward a Science of Consciousness 2006, Tucson, AZ, April 2006.

Also invited at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD, February 2014.

12.    “First-person Data,” Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, March 2008.

13.    “Connectionist Computation,” 2007 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Orlando, FL, August 2007.

14.    “Digits, Strings, and Spikes: Empirical Evidence against Computationalism,” North American Computing and Philosophy, Chicago, IL, July 2007.  Also invited at:

Modeling, Computation and Computational Science: Perspectives from Different Sciences, Helsinki, Finland, November 2007.

15.    “The Mind as Neural Software? Revisiting Functionalism, Computationalism, and Computational Functionalism.” SSPP, Atlanta, GA, April 2007.

16.    “Public Evidence from First-person Reports,” PSA Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, November 2006.  Also invited at:

University of Missouri St. Louis, October 2006.

Washington University in St. Louis, November 2006.

17.    “Splitting Concepts,” SPP, Winston-Salem, NC, June 2005.

18.    “The Functional Account of Computing Mechanisms,” SSPP, Durham, NC, March 2005.

19.    “Computation without Representation,” APA Eastern Division, Boston, MA, December 2004.

20.    “Functionalism, Computationalism, and Mental Contents,” First Joint Conference of the SPP and EuroSPP, Barcelona, Spain, July 2004.

21.    “The Mind as Neural Software:  Functionalism, Computationalism, and Computational Functionalism,” symposium session, APA Pacific Division, Pasadena, CA, March 2004.

22.    “Why Functionalism Does Not Entail Computationalism,” APA Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, March 2003.

23.    “Is Everything a Turing Machine, and Does It Matter to the Philosophy of Mind?” APA Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA, December 2002.

24.    “The Functional View of Computational States,” Northwest Philosophy Conference, Portland, OR, October 2002.

25.    “Computing Mechanisms II: A Functional Account,” Computing and Philosophy (CAP@CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, August 2002.

26.    “Experimental Epistemology: Warren McCulloch and the Philosophical Birth of Cognitive Science,” HOPOS 2002, Montreal, Canada, June 2002.

27.    “Computing Mechanisms I: Desiderata,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Toronto, Canada, May 2002.

28.    “Mind Gauging: Introspection as a Public Epistemic Resource,” Grad Expo, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2001.

29.    “Turing’s Rules for the Imitation Game,” The Future of the Turing Test, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH, January 2000.

30.    “Alan Turing and the Mathematical Objection,” Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of the Physical Sciences, Washington, DC, September 1999.  Also invited at:

      Hypercomputation, University College, London, UK, May 2000.

Pugwash Conference, Carnegie Mellon University, September 1999.

Theoretical Cognition Group, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, September 1999.

 

Invited Presentations

  1. “TBA,” ***, India, December 2015.
  2. “TBA,” ***, Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 2015.
  3. “Non-natural Representation,” workshop on “Mental Representation: The foundation of cognitive science?” Bochum, Germany, September 2015.
  4. “Computation is Dynamical,” Conference of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP 15), University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, June 2015.
  5. “Minds as Computers,” Nature as Computation workshop, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, May 2015.
  6. “Functional Tradeoffs,” Book Symposium on Justin Garson, The Biological Mind: A Philosophical Introduction, APA Pacific Division, Vancouver, Canada, April 2015.
  7. Commentary on “Computational Individualism and Functional Significance,” by Chris Tucker, APA Central Division, St. Louis, MO, February 2015.
  8. “Computation and the Metaphysics of Mind,” Keynote speech as Herbert Simon Award recipient, Conference of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP 14), Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2014.
  9. “First-Person Data, Self-Measurement, and the Vegetative State,” University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, June 2014.
  10. “Explaining Cognition: The Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution,” at:

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, May 2014.

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, February 2015.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, February 2015.

  1. “Egalitarian Composition,” Monism, Pluralism, and Beyond, Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, February 2014.
  2. “Computation: Abstract and Concrete,” Missouri Philosophy of Science workshop, Columbia, MO, October 2013.
  3. “An Egalitarian Approach to Levels,” workshop on “Inter-Level Relations in Cognitive Neuroscience,” Cologne, Germany, September 2013.
  4. “The Metaphysics of Mind and the Multiple Sources of Multiple Realizability,” online conference organized by Mark Sprevak, November 2012.
  5. “Implicit vs. Explicit Concepts,” Conceptual Change Research – The State of the Art, August 2012, Helsinki, Finland.
  6. “Is Consciousness a Spandrel?” at summer school "The Evolution and Function of Consciousness," Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, July 2012.
  7. “First-Person Data as the Output of Self-Measurement,” First-Person Methods Workshop, Tuebingen, Germany, June 2012.
  8. “Neural Computation and the Computational Theory of Cognition,” at:

Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2011.

Philosophy and Computation, Lund, Sweden, May 2012.

Southern Illinois University's Neuroscience Retreat (plenary lecture), Collinsville, IL, September 2012.

Neuphi, October 2012.

  1. “Scientific Methods Ought to Be Public, and Descriptive Experience Sampling Is One of Them,” author-meets-critics session on R. Hurlburt and E. Schwitzgebel, Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic, APA Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, April 2010.

20.    “Functional Analyses as Mechanism Sketches,” panel on “Decomposing the Mind: From Functional Analysis to Mechanistic Explanation,” Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, April 2010.

21.    “Computationalism in the Philosophy of Mind,” presented at:

Washington University in St. Louis, September 2008.

MOPS (Missouri Philosophy of Science), Columbia, MO, September 19-20, 2008.

22.    “Computation vs. Information Processing: How They Are Different and Why It Matters,” Workshop on Computation in Cognitive Science, King’s College, Cambridge, UK, 7th-8th July 2008.

23.    “Mechanistic Functionalism,” Panel on Functionalism and Mechanisms, Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, April 2008.

24.    “Some Neural Networks Compute, Others Don’t,” Center of Neurodynamics, University of Missouri – St. Louis, January 2008.

25.    “The Physical Church-Turing Thesis: Modest or Bold?”  Presented at:

APA Eastern Division, New York City, December 2005.

University of Missouri – St. Louis (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science), February 2006.

26.    “Zombie Conceivability Arguments,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, October 2005.

27.    “The Functional Account of Computing Mechanisms (And Some of Its Payoff),” presented at:

University of Georgia, Athens, GA, January 2005.

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, January 2005.

28.    “Computational Explanation in Neuroscience,” Workshop on Computational Modeling and Explanation in Neuroscience, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, November 2004.

29.    “Computational Models and Computational Explanations” (in Italian), Cognition and Computation: Problems, Methods, and Prospects of Computational Explanations in the Cognitive Sciences, Padova, Italy, October 2004.

30.    “Computing Mechanisms,” 2nd Reichenbach Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2003.

31.    “The First Computational Theory of Mind and Brain: A Close Look at McCulloch and Pitts’s ‘Calculus of Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity’,” Washington University, St. Louis, MO, September 2003.

32.    “Science and Introspection,” Washington University, St. Louis, MO, September 2003.

33.    “How to Extract Scientific Data from Introspective Reports,” Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli, Italy, February 2003.

34.    “The Functional Account of Computing Mechanisms,” University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA January 2003.

35.    Commentary on “Connectionist Representation,” by David DeMoss, Northwest Philosophy Conference, Portland, OR, October 2002.

36.    “Computational Modeling of Computational Systems,” Modeling Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2002.

37.    “Mind-brains as Computers: Origin of an Idea at the Foundation of Psychology and Neuroscience,” Florida International University, Miami, FL, April 2001.

38.    “Epistemic Divergence, Introspection, and the Publicity of Scientific Methods,” Florida International University, Miami, FL, April 2001.

 

Other Media

“The Imitation Game: A Philosophical Review,” a review of the movie “The Imitation Game,” January 2015, http://www.thecritique.com/articles/the-imitation-game-a-philosophical-review/.

“Is Data a Person?” Presentation at St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO, January 2015.

Founder and Administrator of Brains, a group blog in the philosophy of mind, at http://philosophyofbrains.com/, December 2005-November 2012.

Interview with Carola Houtemaker for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, which featured me and my blog, Brains, in the article “Blogs uit het lab” (1/18/2008, http://www.nrc.nl/wetenschap/article899637.ece/Blogs_uit_het_lab)

Interview with KNPR – Nevada Public Radio, April 2006.

 “The Computer That Started It All” (on Imitation of Life: How Biology Is Inspiring Computing, by N. Forbes), Cerebrum, 7.1 (2005), pp. 96-103.

Review of Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, by S. Strogatz, Popular Science, 262.4 (2003), p. 98.

“Economics Takes a Run at Brain Science’s Toughest Problems” (on Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics, by P. W. Glimcher), Cerebrum, 5.2 (2003), pp. 97-105.

“The Perils of Prediction” (on The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century, edited by J. Brockman), Cerebrum, 4.2 (2002), pp. 89-98.

“On a Critique of Strong Artificial Intelligence” (in Italian, on The Emperor's New Mind, by R. Penrose), Rivista di Filosofia, LXXXV (1994), pp. 141-146.

 

Honors

Herbert A. Simon Award, given by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) for 2014.

NEH Summer Seminar “Mind and Metaphysics, Washington University in St. Louis, June-July 2006.

Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship, Charles Babbage Institute, 2002-2003.

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2001-2002.

Award for Outstanding Paper Presentation, Grad Expo, University of Pittsburgh, 2001.

Doctoral Scholarship, Regione Sardegna, Italy, 1995-1996 and renewed for the following six academic years.

 

Grants

Research Award, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2015-2016, $12,485 (with Bettina Casad).

Research Board Award, University of Missouri, 2013-2014, $10,000.

Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, UM St. Louis College of Arts and Sciences, 2011-2 ($1,000), 2012-3 ($1,000), 2013-4 ($1,000), 2014-5 ($1,000).

Curriculum Improvement Grant, UM St. Louis College of Arts and Sciences, 2011, $2,500.

Scholars’ Award, National Science Foundation, 2009-2010, SES-0924527, $123,495.

Research Board Award, University of Missouri, 2008, $10,000.

Research Board Award, University of Missouri, 2006, $10,000.

Research Award, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2006, $10,265.

Fellow, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2008-9 ($800).

Small Grants, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2005-6 ($1,000), 2006-7 ($500), 2007-8 ($958), 2009-10 ($1,000).

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2002-2003, $12,000.

 

Teaching

University of Missouri—Saint Louis

Philosophy of Cognitive Science: Computation and Cognition, spring 2013. Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Science vs. God, spring 2012. Introductory.

Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Physicalism, Dualism, and the Afterlife, spring 2011.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Topics in Philosophy of Science—Computation in Physical Systems, fall 2010.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Topics in Philosophy of Mind—Concepts, summer 2009.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Proseminar, fall 2011 and fall 2008.  Seminar for the incoming class of M.A. students.

Topics in Philosophy of Mind—Fodor, Churchland, Heil, summer 2008.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Metaphysics, fall 2012 and spring 2008.  Advanced undergraduate survey, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Philosophy of Mind, spring 2008.  Advanced undergraduate survey.

Philosophy of Language, fall 2007.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.  Focus on the semantics of proper names.

Topics in Philosophy of Mind—Consciousness, spring 2007.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Topics in History and Philosophy of Science—Mechanisms and Functions, spring 2007.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.

Philosophy of Cognitive Science, spring 2006.  Advanced undergraduate, cross-listed with a graduate seminar.  Focused on work by Herbert Simon and Allen Newell.

Minds, Brains, and Machines, fall 2005, fall 2007, spring 2009, spring 2011.  Introductory.

Ethics and the Computer, fall 2005 and spring 2006.  Advanced undergraduate seminar.

Topics in Philosophy of Mind—Mental Content, summer 2005.  Graduate seminar.

Politecnico di Torino

      Computation and Nature, May 2007 and June 2009.  Graduate seminar.

Washington University in St. Louis:

Philosophy of Mind, fall 2003 and spring 2005.  Advanced undergraduate survey.

Current Controversies in Cognitive Science—Intentionality, fall 2004 (with Sam Scott).  Advanced undergraduate seminar open to graduate students.

Theories of Concepts, fall 2004 (with Sam Scott).  Advanced undergraduate seminar open to graduate students.

Current Controversies in Cognitive Science—Computational Theories of Mind and Brain, spring 2004.  Advanced undergraduate seminar open to graduate students.

University of Pittsburgh:

Magic, Medicine, and Science, fall 2002.  Introductory.

Problem Solving: How Science Works, fall 1998.  Introductory.

Teaching assistant, Magic, Medicine and Science, spring 1998.  Introductory.

Teaching assistant, Mind and Medicine, fall 1997.  Advanced undergraduate.

Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University. 

Philosophy of Science, summer 2002, summer 2001, summer 2000, summer 1999.  Introductory for high school juniors.

Academic Enrichment Certificate Program, State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh. 

Science and Religion, summer 2002.  Seminar.

Current Events, spring 2002.  Seminar.

 

M.A. Theses Directed

Nils Richards, “The Explanatory Indispensability of Mathematics: Why Structure is ‘What there is,’” University of Missouri – St. Louis, April 2013.

David McGraw, “Concepts, Universals, and the Abstract,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, April 2013.

Frank Faries, “Akrasia and the Elusive Self,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, April 2013.

Krista Hyde, “Thomas Aquinas: Soul-Body Connection and the Afterlife,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, April 2012.

Christian Richeson, “An Insanity Defense Should be Available to Psychopaths,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, April 2011.

Lawrence J. Rosenberger, “Are All Universals Instantiated?” University of Missouri – St. Louis, July 2009.

Blake Myers, “Imagination and Phenomenal Experience,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, June 2008.

Michael R. Massey, “Transfer and the Fuzzy Trace Theory,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, December 2007.

Michael J. Ferreira, “Two Degrees of Intentionality: Approaching the Ascription of Psychological Content in Non-linguistic Creatures,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, July 2006.

Adam J. Arico, “Anti-individualism and Rationality,” University of Missouri – St. Louis, April 2006.

 

Ph.D. Thesis Committee Member

Brendan Ritchie (University of Maryland, expected 2014)

Alex Morgan (Rutgers University, 2014)

Florent Franchette (Université Paris I, 2013)

Samuli Pohyonen (Helsinki University, 2012)

Brandon Towl (Washington University in St. Louis, 2008)

 

Professional Service

Refereeing

Funding Agencies: Academia Sinica (Taiwan's national academy of sciences), Danish Council for Independent Research, German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, Israel Science Foundation, National Science Foundation, Research Council of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Missouri Research Board.

Presses: Association for Symbolic Logic, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Springer, Routledge, University of Chicago Press, Wiley-Blackwell.

Societies: American Philosophical Association, Central States Philosophical Association, Cognitive Science Society, European Society for Analytic Philosophy, International Association for Computing and Philosophy, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

Journals: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , Cognitive Science, Complexity, Consciousness and Cognition, Dialectica, Erkenntnis, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Frontiers in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Information, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Journal for General Philosophy of Science, Journal of Applied Logic, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Cognitive Science, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal of Economic Methodology, Journal of Intelligent Systems, Mind, Mind and Language, Minds and Machines, Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophical Explorations, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophia Mathematica, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy & Technology, Philosophy of Science, Quarterly Review of Biology, Recent Patents in Computer Science, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Theoretical Computer Science, Topics in Cognitive Science, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science.

      Department

Department Chair, 2011-2014.

Philosophy Department’s representative on the Faculty Senate and University Assembly, January 2010-December 2011.

Philosophy Colloquium chair, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2008-2010.

Organizer, PNP Medical School Lunch Seminar, 2004-2005.

Organizer, Workshop on Computational Modeling and Explanation in Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis, November 2004.

Organizer, WIPS (Work In Progress Sessions), Washington University in St. Louis, 2003-2004.

University

Member, Appointments, Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2014-2016.

Member, College of Arts and Sciences committee to interpret and revise the university’s rules on tenure and promotion, fall 2012-spring 2013.

Member, Spring Research Panel, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2012-2014.

Member, College of Arts and Sciences committee to examine whether the college should use an advocate system in our P&T deliberations, 2011.

Member, Research Committee – spring panel, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2011-2013.

Member, Budget Committee, Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2010-2011.

Member, Teaching and Service Awards Standing Committee, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2009-2011.  Chair, 2010-2011.

Member, Scholarships and Awards Standing Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, UM St. Louis, 2009-2010.

      Professional Societies

Secretary, St. Louis Area Philosophy of Science Association, 2009-present.

Scientific Committee Member, EUCOG2015, Annual Meeting of the European Society of Cognitive Systems.

Program Committee Member, IACAP 15, Meeting of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, University of Delaware, June 2015.

Program Committee Member, IACAP 14, Meeting of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2014.

Organizer, panel on “Monism, Pluralism, and Beyond,” Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, February 2014.

Program Committee Member, History and Philosophy of Computing 2, Paris, France, October-November 2013.

Program Committee Member, Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2013, Oxford, UK, September 2013.

Organizer, St. Louis Area Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, 2013.

Member, APA Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research, 2011-2014.

Organizer, author-meets-critics session on R. Hurlburt and E. Schwitzgebel, Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic, APA Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, April 2010.

Organizer, panel on “Decomposing the Mind: From Functional Analysis to Mechanistic Explanation,” Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, April 2010 (with Carrie Figdor).

Council Member, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2009-2012.

Program chair, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2009.

Organizer, Symposium on “Neural Computation,” PSA Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2008.

Presenter, “Preparing and Presenting Lectures,” Teaching at UMSL 2008 TA/RA Professional Development Conference, University of Missouri – St. Louis, August 2008.

Presenter, “Publishing in Graduate School? Tips on Journals, Web Publishing and More,” Future Directions in Genetic Studies Graduate Training Workshop, Washington University in St. Louis, August 2008.

Organizer, panel on “Functionalism and Mechanisms,” Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, April 2008 (with Carl Gillett).

Member, APA Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement, 2007-2010.

Organizer, Symposium on “Can Introspective Reports Be Scientific Evidence?” PSA Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, November 2006 (with Anna Alexandrova).