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I am an assistant professor in the Philosophy department at Southern Methodist University. I received my Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Arizona, which may explain the various cacti strewn throughout this site. This page contains news and basic information about me. Please use the links above to learn more about me and my research.




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Dissertation: Pragmatic Conceptual Analysis more info

Committee: Terry Horgan (advisor), David Chalmers, Joseph Tolliver, and Chris Maloney.

Description: I propose that we think of our shared concepts as having whatever application conditions they would need to have in order best to deliver benefits in the ways they have regularly delivered benefits in the past. This view combines naturally with a philosophical methodology for discovering the correct application conditions of our shared concepts, the methodology that I call Pragmatic Conceptual Analysis. I articulate and defend this methodology, and show how it may fruitfully be applied to various philosophical problems.

Areas of Specialization: Read about my research

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University of Arizona - Ph.D. in Philosophy with a minor in Cognitive Science, December 2006.

University of Connecticut - M.A. in Philosophy, May 2001.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln - B.S. with honors in Math, Philosophy, Computer Science and Political Science, August 1998.


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Last updated 2010.06.05, by Justin C. Fisher. fisher@smu.edu