I work in philosophy of mind & consciousness, science,
mathematics, and also as a researcher in psychology.
I am especially interested in the relationship between science,
scientific results and philosophical theorizing. I've been at Marquette
since 1994 and before that studied at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison . . . and way back at Montana State University.
More information: publications
- New paper: Against the
Philosophical-Scientific Racial Project of 'Biologizing' Race
concept of race has recently come prominently back into discussion in
the context of medicine and medical science, along with renewed effort
to biologize racial concepts, typically by way of population genetics.
In this paper I critique this renewed effort to biologize race by way
of medicine and population genetics, arguing that the particular cases
made from medicine and population genetics are not persuasive even on
their own terms, and more generally that the philosophical project of
“biologizing” race ought to be recognized for what it is—a retrograde
racial project—and abandoned.
- Paper to be presented: “Physiological
Synchronization under Three
Task Conditions and its Impact on Team Performance,” with
Guastello and Lucas Mirabito. Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology
& Life Sciences 28th Annual International Conference, Raleigh, NC,
August 2–4, 2018.
- A paper just published: There
is Nothing It is Like to See Red: Holism and Subjective Experience
Topic: I argue against thinking of phenomenal consciousness as a
property of mental states, showing how such a view is in fact
prevalent, pre-theoretically unwarranted, and philosophically
pernicious in that it often leads to an implausible reduction of
conscious experience to qualia. I seek to develop a holistic conception
of phenomenal consciousness for creatures (not states) and argue that
it has at least equal pre-theoretic warrant, is more conservative
philosophically in that it decides less from the a priori “armchair”
and enjoys a fruitful two-way relationship with empirical work. (Access
[author proof, revised version, May 2017].
- Paper presented "Physiological Synchronization and the
Emotion” at Montreal Cognitive Science Day: Université du
à Montréal (Montreal, Canada), March 29, 2018.
- Another paper recently
Probability, and the Continuity Bind in British
Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
It explores how chance should be understood with respect to the
evolution of probabilities as a function of time, particularly as they
relate to causality understood probabilistically. I argue that a
natural, discontinuous way of understanding
chancy events as they occur leads to problems and sketch
it here [BJPS Advance Article] or here
[author proof, revised version, Dec. 2015].
- We (Stephen J. Guastello,
David Pincus, Robert W. Bond Jr.)
presented: “Computation of Orbital
Decomposition with Multiple
Categorical Variables,” American Psychological Society 26th
Convention, San Francisco, May 25, 2014.
- I presented a paper entitled
the Temporal Evolution of Chance"
at the Imprecise Probabilities in Statistics and Philosophy Conference
this summer (27-28 June, 2014) in Munich at the Munich Center for
Mathematical Philosophy (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich).
Published in Erkenntnis,
September 1, 2015. Access it here
[author proof, revised version, Sept. 2015].
- My paper, Blurring
Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience: Folk vs. Philosophical
Phenomenality, is available online in Philosophical
Psychology. (Access it here.)
[author proof, revised version, Mar. 2013] The paper is based on an
experimental study of folk conceptions of subjective experience. It
builds on work by Justin Sytsma and Edouard Machery in their paper,
"Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience" (2010) Philosophical
Studies 151(2): 299-327.
- In other work, I've been
working on the Integrated Information
account of consciousness (Giulio
Tononi). My paper, Consciousness
Integrated Information: a Provisional Philosophical Critique
from the Journal of Consciousness Studies (2013) may be found here
[author proof, revised version, Dec. 2012].
- I am also working on how
nonlinear dynamics (chaos, complexity,
catastrophe theories, and related principles) can shed insight into
thinking about consciousness and the mind. In particular, I have an
interest in symbolic dynamics. Stephen Guastello and I have developed
(2010) a piece of software, Orbital Decomposition v1.2. ORBDE, which
performs an analysis based on symbolic dynamics that identifies
recurring patterns of events in nominally-coded data; it can be found
at the Society
for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Science
(sixth choice from the bottom).
I will be a visiting scholar at the Berlin School of
Mind and Brain at Humboldt University for the academic year
My other publications
can be found on my publications