Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, U-1054
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1054
Office: 202 Manchester Hall
Phone: (860) 486-4592
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Biology, Ontology, and Natural Epistemology
My research interests span many topics in the philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and ontology. The unity is in method rather than subject matter. The aspects of these fields that interest me are continuous with relevant scientific work and with the philosophy of science. I have been especially interested in applications of evolutionary theory in these areas, and in the ontology that makes study of biological entities possible.
For a complete listing of articles and books, please see my curriculum vitae.
Awards and Honors
Wilbur Cross Prize, Yale Graduate School Alumni Association, 2019
Rolf Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy (Swedish Royal Academy) 2017
Nicholas Rescher Medal for Systematic Philosophy 2017
Elected American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2014
Beyond Concepts; Unicepts, Language and Natural Information, Oxford University Press, 2017
"Biosemantics and Words that Don’t Represent”, Theoria 84.3 2018: 229-24
"Embedding Language Understanding in the World." In Rachel Goodman, James Jenone and Nick Krol eds., Singular Thought and Mental Files, (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 
“On Truth.” In The Nature of Truth, Kellen, N. Kim, J. M.Lynch and J. Wyatt. (eds). (Cambridge MA: The MIT Press .
Places of publication are in my curriculum vitae above. To view the following "pdf" files you need to obtain a free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Forthcoming-Thoughts of Real Kinds
2012-Accidents (APA John Dewey Lecture)
2008-Biosemantics (for the Oxford Handbook in the Philosophy of Mind, Brian McLaughlin, Editor)
1998-Naturalizing Intentionality (World Congress XX)
1993-White Queen Psychology, Chapter 7: What Is Behavior? A Philosophical Essay on Ethology and Individualism in Psychology Part One
1993-White Queen Psychology, Chapter 8: The Green Grass Growing All Around A Philosophical Essay on Ethology and Individualism in Psychology, Part Two