Papers, posters, and manuscripts

Here are my publications and some other stuff I’ve written or am writing. If you are interested in my current work or conference presentations, please email me.

Publications

2018. Rethinking the problem of cognition. Synthese 195: 3547–3570. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-017-1383-2. (free version; view only).

2016. Cognition in Practice: Conceptual Development and Disagreement in Cognitive Science (PhD dissertation). University of Pittsburgh Department of Philosophy.

2009. The precision of locomotor odometry in humans. (Authors: Frank H. Durgin, Mikio Akagi, Charles R. Gallistel and Woody Haiken). Experimental Brain Research 109: 429–436.

Preprints

2018. “Representation re-construed: Construal-based Norms for Ascribing Natural Representation.” Presented at the Seventh Biennial Meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice. Ghent, Belgium. 28 June. (Updated for the 26th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association; Seattle, Washington; 01–04 November.)

2014. “Going against the Grain: Functionalism and Generalization in Cognitive Science.” Presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. Chicago, Illinois USA. 06 November.

Work in progress

These manuscripts are either unfinished or under review, so I am not making them public and I have redacted their titles here. However, I’m happy to discuss them or provide drafts if asked.

  • Manuscript on the scientific concept of cognition. Under review (revise & resubmit).

  • Manuscript on methodology of conceptual explication. Under review.

  • Manuscript on phenomenal consciousness. Under review.

  • Manuscript on representation-ascription.

  • Manuscript on computational functionalism.

Posters

First-time designers of research posters are often interested in finding examples (especially in philosophy, where posters aren’t very common yet). I’ll post some of mine here.

Other drafts

I’m not actively working on these papers anymore, but there’s no reason to hide them. So they’re down here.

In my MSc dissertation I attempt to disentangle certain prevalent confusions about the Hypothesis of Extended Cognition (HEC) famously defended by Andy Clark and David Chalmers. In particular, I distinguish HEC from a related claim called the Hypothesis of Extended Mentality (HEM), and I distinguish Clark and Chalmers' arguments for each. I then articulate a successor to the parity argument for a modest version of HEC, and defend it against recent criticisms by Mark Sprevak and others.

In this essay I describe Wilfrid Sellars' functionalism and its applications to the metaphysics of cognition. I am particularly concerned to defend the views of the late Sellars from criticism by left-Sellarsians who allege that the late Sellars has succumbed to the myth of the given. Though the connections may not be apparent to others, it was returning to this essay as well as the presuppositions of my MSc dissertation (above) that yielded my PhD prospectus.

An interpretive essay in which I argue that in Gorgias Plato poses a puzzle about how to conceive of power: real power is efficacy, or it is understanding, but in most circumstances a person cannot be both efficacious and understanding. I suggest that while the puzzle is not resolved in GorgiasRepublic may describe a resolution that pleases Plato, but few modern readers.

An admittedly ambitious (and long) paper describing my heterodox reading of the first division of Chapter IV of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Along the way I attempt to render some of the relevant Hegelian vocabulary into the slightly less obscure register of Anglophone philosophy. This paper requires some significant revisions, but it's strange enough that I thought there was no harm in offering it up here.