Image of Diebenkorn landscape paintingProfessor of Philosophy
Central Michigan University
Department of Philosophy & Religion

Campus Address: Anspach 301J
Telephone: (989) 774-3570


B. Litt., Oxford University, 1970


Moral Problems, Philosophy of Mind ​

Research Interests:

Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Personal Identity, Philosophy of Music

Select Publications:


  • A new edition of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature, co-edited with R. Stecker and J. Wright (London, 2003) 
  • John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in Focus, co-edited with J. Wright and R. Stecker (Routledge, 2000)


  • "Reply to Robert French and Ernest Kent." DIrect versus Indirect Perception. Academic Press, 2018 (with Adams and Clarke), pp. 267-272.
  • "Seeing Things: Defending Direct Perception." DIrect versus Indirect Perception, Academic Press (Elsevier), London: UK, 2018 (with Adams and Clarke), pp. 163-177.
  • "Physicalism, Realization, and Structure." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2018, pp.31-36.
  • "Personal Identity and Stories." An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 5, Athens, Greece, 2011. 
  • “Empty Names and Pragmatic Implications,“ (with Fred Adams) Canadian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 37, No. 3 (Fall 2007): 449-462.
  • “Bonjour's A Priori Justification of Induction,“ (with John Meixner) Contributions of the Austrian Wittgenstein Society (2003). 
  • “Understanding Persons by Mental Simulation,” Appraisal (England, 2002).
  • “Personal Identity, Reflections on Philosophy (Longman, 2002). 
  • “The Semantics of Fictional Names,” (with R. Adams and B. Stecker) Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (1997).
  • "Simulation and Psychological Concepts." Mental Simulation, Basil Blackwell, 1995.
  • “Survival and Teleportation,” Becoming Persons (England, 1995)
  • "Shiffer on Modes of Presentation." Analysis, 1993 (with Adams and Stecker). 
  • “The Semantics of Thought,” (with Adams and Stecker) Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (1992).
  • "Narrow Content: Fodor's Folly." Mind and Language, 1990 (with Adams, Drebushenko, and Stecker). 
  • "A Critique of Dennett." Synthese, 1986 (with Yu). 
  • "Reduction and Empathy." Southern Journal of Philosophy, 1978. 
  • "Other Deception." Southwestern Journal of Philosophy, 1976.


Honors Teacher of the Year, 2005 (with Peter Koper)​