Thomas Michael McKinsey

Thomas Michael McKinsey

Professor of Philosophy

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Thomas Michael McKinsey

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Logic

Research

My research is in the Philosophy of Language and has primarily concerned the semantics of natural language, especially the meaning and reference of proper names, indexical and anaphoric pronouns, natural kind terms, and the meaning and logical form of cognitive ascriptions. I am also very interested in the relevance of these topics to traditional metaphysical questions in the Philosophy of Mind, including the nature of cognitive properties and the mind/body problem, as well as to issues in the Philosophy of Logic, including the nature of logical truth and valid inference. I am the author of over thirty articles on these and other topics. Some recent articles include: "The Semantics of Belief Ascriptions," (Nous); “On Knowing Our Own Minds,” (Philosophical Quarterly), “Forms of Externalism and Privileged Access,” (Philosophical Perspectives), “Thought by Description,” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), "Understanding Proper Names,” (Linguistics and Philosophy), and "Truths Containing Empty Names" (in "Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names").

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D., Philosophy 1976 Indiana University M.A., Philosophy 1966 Kansas State University B.A. 1963, Philosophy Southern Methodist University

Awards and Grants

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    1980 Summer Stipend Award, National Endowment for the Humanities

    1982-83 Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies

    1984-85 Career Development Chair, Wayne State University

    1991-92 Fulbright Lecturing Award, Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State University, Russia

    1995 Summer Research Award, Wayne State University

    1998 Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol

    1998-99 Visiting Philosopher and Guest Lecturer, Oxford University

Selected Publications

Some recent articles include: "The Semantics of Belief Ascriptions," (Nous); “On Knowing Our Own Minds,” (Philosophical Quarterly), “Forms of Externalism and Privileged Access,” (Philosophical Perspectives), “Thought by Description,” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), "Understanding Proper Names,” (Linguistics and Philosophy), and "Truths Containing Empty Names" (in "Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names").

 

Currently Teaching

  • PHI 1050 Critical Thinking Fall 2017

    PHI 5050 Advanced Symbolic Logic Fall 2017

Courses taught

PHI 1050 Critical Thinking, Fall, 2015

PHI 5050 Advanced Symbolic Logic, Fall 2015

PHI 1050 Critical Thinking, Winter 2016

PHI 5550 Philosophy of Mind Winter 2016

PHI 1050 Critical Thinking Fall 2016

PHI 7790 Seminar in Philosophy of Language Fall 2016

PHI 1050 Critical Thinking (2 sections) Winter 2017

PHI 1050 Critical Thinking Fall 2017

PHI 5050 Advanced Symbolic Logic Fall 2017

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