Philip P. Hanson
Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: 778-782-3330
- Fax: 778.782.4443
- Office: WMC 5658
- B.A.(Hon) Philosophy, 1970: University of Calgary
- M.A. Philosophy, 1972: Princeton University
- Ph.D. Philosophy, 1975: Princeton University
Areas of Specialization
Analytic Epistemology and Metaphysics, and Philosophies of Mind, Mathematics, and Logic.
- “Return of the A Priori,” co-authored with Bruce Hunter, in Return of the A Priori, Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary Vol. 18, co-edited with Bruce Hunter (Calgary, 1992).
- Information, Language and Cognition: Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science Vol 1 (editor), Oxford University Press (New York, 1993).
- “Cognitive Content and Semantics,” in The Logical Foundations of Cognition: Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science Vol. 4, edited by John Macnamara and Gonzalo E. Reyes, Oxford University Press (New York) , 1994.
- “Physics, Logic and the Phenomenal,” critical notice of Gregory Mulhauser’s Mind Out of Matter: Topics in the Physical Foundations of Consciousness and Cognition; in Minds and Machines, 10, (2000) 391-400.
- “Mind, Matter and Supervenience: A Reply to Mulhauser,” in Minds and Machines, 11, (2001) 301-306.
- “Darwin’s Algorithm, Natural Selective History, and Intentionality Naturalized,” in Naturalism, Evolution, and Intentionality, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Vol. 27, J.S. McIntosh (ed.), (2001) 53-83.
- Review of Mark Quentin Gardiner’s Semantic Challenges to Realism: Dummett and Putnam, in University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 71 no. 1 (2001).
- “Idealism, Skepticism, and Internal Relations: remarks on Hymers’s Philosophy and its Epistemic Neuroses,” Dialogue, Vol. XLIII, No. 3 (2004) 577-586.
- Review of Gregg Rosenberg’s A Place For Consciousness: Probing the Deep Structure of the Natural World, in Philosophical Books, Vol. 47 No. 2 (April 2006) 170-173.
- “Is Logic All in Our Heads? From Naturalism to Psychologism,” with Jeffry Pelletier and Renee Elio, Studia Logica Vol. 86 (2008) 1-63.
- “Three Grades of Conceptual Involvement in Naturalistic Epistemology,” Philosophy Department, Trent University, October 1998.
- “Explaining the Inexplicability,” Consciousness 2000 Conference, Center For the Study of Consciousness, U of Arizona, Tuscon, April 2000.
- “Two Conceptions of Levels,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Meetings, Dalhausie University, Halifax, May 2003.
- “Emergent Self-Organisation as order For Free,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Meetings, ANU, Canberra, July 2006.
- “A Priori Methods and the Concrete World,” invited contribution to a symposium on the a priori at the Pacific APA meetings, Pasedena CA, March 2008.
- “What’s Model Theory Got To Do With It?”, invited comments on Gila Sher’s “Is Logic in the Mind or in the World?”, Pacific APA meetings, Vancouver, April 2009.
- “The Contingency of Logic,” Department of Philosophy, U of Victoria, January 2010.
- “Field’s Deflationary Philosophy of Logic,” UBC Epistemology Workshop, March 2010.
Recent Graduate Seminars
- The A Priori
- Naturalism and Logic
- Causation, Explanation, and Realism
- Field's Philosophies of Truth and of Logic
- The Applicability of Mathematics
Some Recent M.A. 'Professional Papers' Supervised
"“Mathematics and Indispensibility”; “On Universals as Parts of Objects”; “Macroscopic Irreducible Probability and Emergent Phenomena”; “On Logical Revision: Field, Maddy, and a Hybrid Proposal”; “Disagreement: What’s It Really Good For?”; “Maddy and Balaguer on the Methodological Undecidability of Mathematical Content”
Future courses may be subject to change.