Steven Davis

Professor Emeritus

Chair, Board Academics for Higher Education and Development


Area of Interest

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind.


Steven Davis received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois – Champaign – Urbana. He taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pittsburgh from 1966 to 1974, before moving to Canada in 1974 to take up a post in the Philosophy Department at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. After retiring from Simon Fraser University in 2002, he took up a position in the Philosophy Department at Carleton University where he taught from 2002 to 2007. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University and Carleton University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at McGill University and the Université du Montréal, and a Research Associate at the Jean-Nicod Institute, EHSS & ENS, Paris.

He has been a visiting professor at Boston University, the University of Oslo, State University of New York – Albany, University of Illinois – Champaign –Urbana, Language Sciences Summer Institute, Dubrovnik, and the International Christian University, Tokyo. Dr. Davis was the founder of Academics without Borders and its Executive Director from 2007 to 2017, founder and director of the Centre on Values and Ethics from 2002 to 2007 at Carleton University and one of the founders of the Cognitive Science Programme at Simon Fraser University. He was also the president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and anglophone editor of its journal, Dialogue. He has edited several collections of essays and published a book and articles in various areas of philosophy, including philosophy of language and mind and normative ethics.



1. Semantics: A Reader, editor (with Brendan Gillon) (Oxford University Press: New York) 2004.

2. Color Perception, editor (Oxford University Press: New York) 2000, Introduction, 3 – 9

3. The Canadian Charter of Rights: Ten Years, editor, (with Philip Bryden and John Russell), (University of Toronto Press) 1994.

4. Connectionism: Theory and Practice, editor, (Oxford University Press: New York) 1992.

5. Pragmatics: A Reader, editor, (Oxford University Press: New York) 1991, Introduction, 1 – 8.

6. Causal Theories of Mind, editor, (Walter de Gruyter Press: Berlin) 1983; Introduction, 1 – 41.

7. Montague Grammar, Philosophy and Linguistics, editor (with M.M. Williams), (University of Texas Press: Austin) 1979.

8. Philosophy and Language, (Bobbs – Merrill: Indianapolis) 1976



CV (condensed)