The new AY begins after a productive spring and summer.
I enjoyed stays in Sheffield, England, and Bonn, Germany, this
summer, where I had the opportunity to discuss Sellars, Hegel,
and Pragmatism with people like Robert Stern, Paul Redding, Markus
Gabriel, and Shannon Dea. It was all great fun. This AY I am an
officially designated "Distinguished Professor" at UNH
-- an honor for which I am grateful.
The Wilfrid Sellars Society, I'm happy to say, is doing well. If you've
got even a distant interest in Sellars's work or ideas, please
join up to communicate with others so interested. Henry Jackman
has joined me as Co-Editor of the new series Studies in American
Philosophy from Pickering & Chatto. The first couple of
books in the series will be out this fall. If you've got a manuscript
on or in American philosophy, let's talk!
My current project is an exposition of Hegelian themes in late
Analytic Philosophy, in particular (of course) Sellars and his
epigones. That essay will appear in the Oxford Companion to Hegel.
The next big event for me will be a conference on Sellars at Kent
State University in the Spring, "Sellars in a New Generation".
It is shaping up really nicely. The web site is https://sellars-ksu.squarespace.com/
My research interests
are pretty broad, covering most metaphysics and epistemology,
as well as the history of philosophy. I have been particularly
interested in the Philosophy of Mind and German Idealism.
I've got a book on Hegel's Theory of Mental Activity (available for
download at this site) and a (defunct) textbook, Reality, Knowledge, and the Good Life.
A collaboration with my colleague Timm Triplett, Knowledge, Mind, and the Given: Reading Wilfrid Sellars's
"Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind," came
out from Hackett Publishing in 2000. (We're also working
on a set of dialogues debating Sellars's success, but that's going
pretty slowly. Some of the dialogues are starting to show up in
print, though!) I have published a critical overview of Wilfrid
Sellars's philosophy, out from Acumen Publishing/McGill-Queen's
University Press. More recently, there is Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism:
Essays on Wilfrid Sellars Available
now through all good bookshops, or direct from Oxford University