Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurodynamics
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Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri – Saint Louis, 2010-present.
Department chair, 2011-present.
Department of Philosophy,
James S. McDonnell Post Doctoral
Research Fellow, Program in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology,
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, May 2011.
Professor, SCUDO (engineering graduate school),
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of
B.A., Philosophy and Cognitive Science, summa cum
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience
Philosophy of Computation
Philosophy of Language
History and Philosophy of Science
Reprinted in J. L. Bermudez and B. Towl, eds., The Philosophy of Psychology, Routledge (2012).
Reprinted in P. Allo, ed., Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information, Blackwell (2010), pp. 66-83.
An early, abbreviated version of some portions of this article appeared in “Connectionist Computation” as part of the IJCNN 2007 Conference Proceedings (listed below under “Other Articles”).
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.
in Anthony I. Jack and Andreas Roepstorff, eds., Trusting
the Subject? The Use of Introspective
Evidence in Cognitive Science, Volume 1,
in James H. Moor, ed., The Turing Test: The
Elusive Standard of Artificial Intelligence,
Chinese translation forthcoming, Science
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.
Also invited at:
“Philosophy and the Brain,” Jerusalem, Israel, May 2013.
Central States Philosophical Association Meeting, St. Louis, MO, September 2011.
APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, February 2012.
and the Brain: Computation, Realization, Representation,”
5. “Information Processing, Computation,
and Cognition,” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology,
Conference on Cognitive Science,
6. “First-Person Data, Publicity, and Self-Measurement.” Consciousness Online (http://consciousnessonline.wordpress.com/), February 2009.
7. “The Resilience of Computationalism,”
Philosophy of Science Association Meeting,
What Is Said with Empty Names,” Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and
the Mind Association,
9. “Access Denied to Zombies,” presented at:
APA Central Division,
10. “First-person Data,” Philosophy of
11. “Connectionist Computation,” 2007
International Joint Conference on Neural Networks,
12. “Digits, Strings, and Spikes: Empirical
Evidence against Computationalism,” North American Computing and Philosophy,
and Computational Science: Perspectives from Different Sciences,
13. “The Mind as Neural Software? Revisiting
Functionalism, Computationalism, and Computational Functionalism.” SSPP,
14. “Public Evidence from First-person
Reports,” PSA Meeting,
15. “Splitting Concepts,” SPP,
16. “The Functional Account of Computing
17. “Computation without Representation,”
APA Eastern Division,
18. “Functionalism, Computationalism, and
Mental Contents,” First Joint Conference of the SPP and EuroSPP,
19. “The Mind as Neural Software: Functionalism, Computationalism, and
Computational Functionalism,” symposium session, APA Pacific Division,
20. “Why Functionalism Does Not Entail
Computationalism,” APA Pacific Division,
21. “Is Everything a Turing Machine, and
Does It Matter to the Philosophy of Mind?” APA Eastern Division,
22. “The Functional View of Computational
States,” Northwest Philosophy Conference,
23. “Computing Mechanisms II: A Functional
Account,” Computing and Philosophy (CAP@CMU),
24. “Experimental Epistemology: Warren
McCulloch and the Philosophical Birth of Cognitive Science,” HOPOS 2002,
Mechanisms I: Desiderata,” Canadian
Society for the History and Philosophy of Science,
26. “Mind Gauging: Introspection as a Public
Epistemic Resource,” Grad Expo,
27. “Turing’s Rules for the Imitation Game,”
The Future of the Turing Test,
28. “Alan Turing and the Mathematical
Objection,” Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of the Physical Sciences,
Theoretical Cognition Group,
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.
11. “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.
12. “Computationalism in the Philosophy of Mind,” presented at:
13. “Computation vs. Information Processing:
How They Are Different and Why It Matters,” Workshop on Computation in
Cognitive Science, King’s College,
14. “Mechanistic Functionalism,” Panel on Functionalism and Mechanisms, Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA Central Division, Chicago, IL, April 2008.
15. “Some Neural Networks Compute, Others
16. “The Physical Church-Turing Thesis: Modest or Bold?” Presented at:
APA Eastern Division,
17. “Zombie Conceivability Arguments,”
18. “The Functional Account of Computing Mechanisms (And Some of Its Payoff),” presented at:
19. “Computational Explanation in
Neuroscience,” Workshop on Computational Modeling and Explanation in
Models and Computational Explanations” (in Italian), Cognition and Computation:
Problems, Methods, and Prospects of Computational Explanations in the Cognitive
21. “Computing Mechanisms,” 2nd
22. “The First Computational Theory of Mind
and Brain: A Close Look at McCulloch and Pitts’s ‘Calculus of Ideas Immanent in
23. “Science and Introspection,”
24. “How to Extract Scientific Data from
Introspective Reports,” Università del Piemonte
25. “The Functional Account of Computing
26. Commentary on “Connectionist
Representation,” by David DeMoss, Northwest Philosophy Conference,
27. “Computational Modeling of Computational
Systems,” Modeling Workshop,
28. “Mind-brains as Computers: Origin of an
Idea at the Foundation of Psychology and Neuroscience,”
29. “Epistemic Divergence, Introspection,
and the Publicity of Scientific Methods,”
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)
with KNPR –
“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.
Research Board Award, University of Missouri, 2013, $10,000.
Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, UM St. Louis College of Arts and Sciences, 2011-2 ($1,000), 2012-3 ($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.
Fellow, Center for
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2002-2003, $12,000.
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.
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.
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
Philosophy of Science, summer 2002, summer 2001, summer 2000, summer 1999. Introductory for high school juniors.
Enrichment Certificate Program, State Correctional Institution at
Science and Religion, summer 2002. Seminar.
Current Events, spring 2002. Seminar.
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies at the
NEH Summer Seminar “Mind and Metaphysics,”
Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship, Charles Babbage Institute, 2002-2003.
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2001-2002.
Outstanding Paper Presentation, Grad Expo,
Doctoral Scholarship, Regione Sardegna, Italy, 1995-1996 and renewed for the following six academic years.
Funding Agencies: 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, Oxford University Press, Routledge, University of Chicago Press, Wiley-Blackwell.
Societies: Central States Philosophical Association, Cognitive Science Society, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
Institutions: Academia Sinica (
Journals: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , Cognitive Science, Complexity, Consciousness and Cognition, Dialectica, Erkenntnis, 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 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, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy & Technology, Philosophy of Science, Quarterly Review of Biology, Recent Patents on Computer Science, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Theoretical Computer Science, Topics in Cognitive Science.
Department Chair, 2011-present.
Philosophy Department’s representative on the Faculty Senate and University Assembly, January 2010-December 2011.
Philosophy Colloquium chair,
Organizer, Workshop on Computational
Modeling and Explanation in Neuroscience,
Organizer, WIPS (Work In Progress
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.
Committee, Arts and Sciences, University of
and Service Awards Standing Committee,
Member, Scholarships and Awards Standing Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, UM St. Louis, 2009-2010.
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.
author-meets-critics session on R. Hurlburt and E. Schwitzgebel, Describing
Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic, APA Pacific Division,
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.
on “Neural Computation,” PSA Meeting,
and Presenting Lectures,” Teaching at UMSL 2008 TA/RA Professional Development
Organizer, panel on
“Functionalism and Mechanisms,” Society for the Metaphysics of Science, APA
Member, APA Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement, 2007-2010.
on “Can Introspective Reports Be Scientific Evidence?” PSA Meeting,