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Abreviated Curriculum Vitae

(A full CV is available here)




University of Pittsburgh:  Ph.D. Philosophy, 1996                                      

Columbia University: BA in philosophy, summa cum laude. 1988




Title: Semantic Norms and Temporal Externalism.

Committee: Robert Brandom (Director), John McDowell, Joe Camp, Dan Everett




Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, York University, 2002-

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, York University, 2000-2002

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, York University, 1999-2000

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Toledo, 1996-2000



Selected Publications:

“Pragmatism’s Family Feud: Peirce, James and the Spirit of 1872” in Aikin & Talisse (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Pragmatism, (forthcoming).


“Putnam, James, and ‘Absolute’ Truth”, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, (forthcoming).


“Was William James an Evidentialist?” Southwest Philosophy Review, (Forthcoming)


“James’s Pragmatic Maxim and the ‘Elasticity’ of Meaning” in Marchetti (ed). The Jamesian Mind.  Routledge (forthcoming). 


“No Hope for the Evidentialist: On Zimmerman’s Belief: a Pragmatic Picture”, in William James Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1, (Fall 2020), pp.66-81.


“James, Intentionality and Analysis” Oxford Handbook of William James, New York, Oxford University Press, 2022.


“Meaning Holism”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, September 15, 2014, (substantially revised September 2020) (10,000 words)

“Construction and Continuity: Conceptual Engineering without Conceptual Change” Inquiry 63: 9–10, 909–918,  2020.

“Temporal Externalism, Conceptual Continuity, Meaning and Use” Inquiry, 63:9-10, 959-973, 2020.


“William James on Moral Philosophy and its Regulative Ideals” in William James Studies, Vol. 15, n.2 (Fall 2019) pp. 1-25.


“William James’s Naturalistic account of Concepts and his ‘Rejection of Logic’” in Lapointe (ed.), Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century, New York, Routledge, (2018), pp. 133-146.


“William James on Conceptions and Private Language”, Belgrade Philosophical Annual, 30, (2017), pp. 175-193.


“Interpretivism and ‘canonical’ ascriptions”, Studia Philosophica Estonica, Vol 10.2 (2017) pp. 28-37. 


“The Pragmatic Method”, in Gendler and Cappelan (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 193-209..


“Externalism, Metasemantic Contextualism and Self-Knowledge”, in Goldberg, (ed.) Externalism, Self-Knowledge and Skepticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 228-247.


"Semantic Intuitions, Conceptual Analysis and Cross-Cultural Variation", Philosophical Studies, Volume 146, Number 2, November 2009, pp. 159-177.


"William James", in Misak, (ed., The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy, New York: Oxford University Press, October 2008 (pp. 60-86),


"Comments on Hales: Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy" International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol 16, No. 2, (May 2008) pp. 255-62.


"Minimalism, psychological reality, meaning and use" Preyer and Peter (eds), Context-Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism: Essays in Semantics and Pragmatics.  Oxford University Press, November 2007, pp. 320-336.


"Incompatibility Arguments and Semantic Self-Knowledge", Southwest Philosophy Review, v. 23, n. 1, Jan 2007.


"Temporal Externalism, Constitutive Norms, and Theories of Vagueness" In Marvan  (ed.), What Determines Content? The Internalism/Externalism Dispute, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press (2006), pp. 221-242.


“Temporal Externalism, Deference and Our Ordinary Linguistic Practice” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 86 (2005) 379-94.


“Intuitions and Semantic Theory” Metaphilosophy. Vol. 36, no. 3 (April 2005)  pp. 363-380.


“Descriptive Atomism and Foundational Holism: Semantics between the Old Testament and the New” in Gerhard Preyer, (ed): Protosociology, Vol 21: Compositionality, Concepts and Representations, 2005, pp. 7-21.

“Jamesian Pluralism and Moral Conflict: Comments on Talisse and Aikin’s ‘Why Pragmatists Cannot be Pluralists’”, Transactions of the C.S Peirce Society, Vol. XLI, No. 1 (Winter 2005) pp. 123-28.


“Epistemology and Language”, Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed).  Elsevier, 2005. 


“Contextualism in Epistemology”, Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed).  Elsevier, 2005. 


“James’s Empirical Assumptions: On Materialism, Meliorism and Eternalism”  Streams of William James. Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2004, pp. 23-27,


“Temporal Externalism and Epistemic Theories of Vagueness”  Philosophical Studies, Vol. 117, No.1-2, (January 2004), pp.79-94.


“Expression, Thought and Language”, Philosophia, Vol. 31, No. 1-2 (October 2003), pp. 33-54.


“Foundationalism, Coherentism and Rule Following Skepticism” International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 11, No. 1, (March 2003), pp. 25-41.


“Charity, Self-Interpretation, and Belief” Journal of Philosophical Research, Volume 28 (2003), pp. 145-170.


“Semantic Pragmatism and A Priori Knowledge” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol 31, No. 4, (Dec 2001) pp. 455-480.


“Ordinary Language, Conventionalism, and A Priori Knowledge” Dialectica, Vol 55. No.1 (2001), pp. 1-11.


“Belief, Rationality and Psychophysical Laws," in the Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Volume 9: Philosophy of Mind. Bowling Green: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2000; pp. 47-54.


“Deference and Self-Knowledge” Southwest Philosophy Review, V.16, n. 1, Jan 2000: pp. 171-180.


“Moderate Holism and the Instability Thesis”, American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 4, October 1999, pp. 361-369.


“We Live Forwards but Understand Backwards: Linguistic Practices and Future Behavior”, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly  80 (1999) pp. 157-177.


"Prudential Arguments, Naturalized Epistemology, and the Will to Believe”, Transactions of the C.S Peirce  Society Winter 1999, Vol. XXXV, No. 1: pp. 1-37.


“Convention and Language”, Synthese, 117 (3) 1998: pp. 295-312.


“Individualism and Interpretation” Southwest Philosophy Review, V.14, n. 1, Jan 1998, pp. 31-38.


“James’ Pragmatic Account of Intentionality and Truth”, Transactions of the C.S Peirce Society  Winter 1998, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1: pp. 155-181.


“Radical Interpretation and the Permutation Principle”, Erkenntnis. 1996, v. 44, no. 3: pp. 317-326.



Undergraduate Courses Taught


York University

Phil 4900: Honors Seminar: Pragmatism and Neo Pragmatism

Phil 4400: Seminar in Pragmatism

Phil 4350: Topics in the Philosophy of Language

Phil 4230: Topics in Epistemology

Phil 4090: Topics in Metaphysics

Phil 4080: Topics in the Philosophy of Mind


Phil 3035: Knowledge and Reality 

Phil 3400: Pragmatism


Phil 2160: Mind and Body

Phil 2100: Introduction to Logic


Phil 1100: The Meaning of Life

Phil 1000: Introduction to Philosophy


University of Toledo


Philosophy 4650, Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy 4600: Philosophy of Language)

Philosophy 4280, 20th Century Analytic Philosophy


Philosophy 3630, Philosophy of Psychology  

Philosophy 3600: Theory of Knowledge

Philosophy 3140, Computers and Culture

Philosophy 3060, Philosophy of Language


Philosophy 1010: Introduction to Logic

Philosophy 1000: Critical Thinking


University of Pittsburgh

(Only classes for which I was the primary instructor.)


Philosophy 7500: Introduction to Logic  

Philosophy 7300: Introduction to Ethics  

Philosophy 7010: Concepts of Human Nature  

Philosophy 7320: Introduction to Social Philosophy   

Philosophy 7200: Introduction to Modern Philosophy 

Philosophy 7200: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy   




Graduate Courses Taught


York University


Phil 6065, Pragmatism: William James

Phil 6315: Issues in Contemporary Philosophy of Language: Neo-Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Language.

Phil 6320, Philosophy of Logic and Language: Contemporary Theories of Truth

Phil 6320, Philosophy of Logic and Language: Concepts and Conceptual Analysis

Phil 6065, Pragmatism: Brandom’s Hegel

Phil 6065, Pragmatism: Classical and Neo-Pragmatism

Phil 5800: Core Theoretical Philosophy


University of Toledo


Philosophy 5280, 20th Century Analytic Philosophy

Philosophy 5600: Philosophy of Language

Philosophy 5650, Philosophy of Mind



Thesis Supervision


Vitaly Kiryushchenko (Director, Ph.D. Thesis, in Progress)

Vanessa-Lehan Streisel (Director, Ph.D. Thesis, in Progress)

Andrey Shamis (Director, Ph.D. Thesis, in Progress)

Jill Cumby  (Director, Ph.D. Thesis, May 2015)

Marc Champagne (Director, Ph.D. Thesis, July 2014)

James Connelly (Director, Ph.D. Thesis, April 2008)




Non-University Professional Service


Series Co-Editor: Studies in American Philosophy, Pickering & Chatto  (2014-2015), Routledge (2015-)


William James Society, Vice President 2015-2016.


Co-chair, Society for Realist-Anti-Realist Discussion 2008-2015 


Board member, Canadian Philosophical Association 2004-2007




Selected University Service (York):


Deputy Chair: 2013-2015

Associate Chair: 2011-2012

Chair: 2010-2011

Modes Coordinator: 2013-2014, 2014-2015

Undergraduate Program Director: 2004-2009

Placement Officer: 2000-2003, 2014-2015

Speaker Series, 2001-2002

Computer Coordinator, 2001-2003



Selected University Service (Toledo):


Director of Graduate Studies 1998-9

Junior Faculty Search Committee,  1992-3. Colloquium Series Director 1996-1999

Departmental Webmaster 1996-1999

Philosophy Club Director 1996-7



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