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July 8, 2013


Professor, Cooper Fellow, and Parodi Senior Scholar in Philosophy of Art, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami. (Previously Associate and Assistant Professor (from 2000)).

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong. December 1998-August 2000.

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Texas Tech University. August 1995-May 2000 (on leave from December 1998-May 2000).

Visiting Instructor, University of Salzburg, Austria, Spring 1993.

Teaching Assistant/Associate, University of California, Irvine, Fall 1990-Fall 1992, and Fall 1993-Spring 1995.


Ph.D. in philosophy, University of California, Irvine, June 1995.

M.A. in philosophy, University of California, Irvine, June 1992.

B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Duke University, Durham, N.C., May 1989.

Visiting Student, Brasenose College, Oxford, England, 1987-88.



Ordinary Objects. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007 (Reissued in paperback 2010).

Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement, Philosophical Books, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Review of Metaphysics, Metaphilosophy, Analysis, Philosophical Quarterly

"Author meets Critics" sessions at Pacific APA (main program), and at Eastern APA (group program)

Fiction and Metaphysics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. (Reissued in paperback 2008. Published in French translation as Fiction et Metaphysique, translated by Claudio Majolino and Julie Ruelle. (College Publications: 2011)).

Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement, Mind, Philosophical Quarterly, Forum for Modern Language Studies, British Journal of Aesthetics, Philosophical Review, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy in Review, European Journal of Philosophy

"Author meets Critics" session at American Society for Aesthetics

Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind. (Edited volume, co-edited with David W. Smith). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Ontology Made Easy. Articulates and defends the easy approach to existence questions, arguing that it is a viable and attractive alternative to the neo-Quinean paradigm. Under review.

Norms and Necessity. In progress (partially drafted, with preliminary versions of some chapters appearing as articles).

Social Metaphysics. Under contract with Routledge, due 2015. 


"The Ontology of Literary Works", in John Gibson and Noel Carroll, eds. Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

"Easy Ontology and its Consequences", in Gary Ostertag, ed. Meanings and Other Things: Essays on the work of Stephen Schiffer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

"Deflationism in Semantics and Metaphysics", in Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman, eds. Metasemantics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

"Carnap and the Prospects for Easy Ontology", in Sandra LaPointe and Stephan Blatti, eds. Ontology After Carnap. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

"The Easy Approach to Ontology: A Defense", in Matthew Haug, ed. Philosophical Methods. Routledge. Forthcoming.

"Public Artifacts, Intentions and Norms", in Pieter Vermaas et. al., eds. Artefact Kinds. Springer: Synthese Library, Forthcoming.

"Fictionalism vs. Deflationism", Mind, forthcoming (scheduled for July 2013).

"The Nancy D. Simco Lecture: Norms and Necessity", Southern Journal of Philosophy, 51, No. 2: 143-160 (2013).

"The Ontological Significance of Constitution", in Monist 96, no. 1: 54-72 (2013) .

"Research Problems and Methods in Metaphysics", in Robert Barnard and Neil Manson, eds. The Continuum Companion to Metaphysics. Continuum International Publishing: London: 14-45 (2012).

“Experimental Philosophy and the Methods of Ontology”, in Monist. 95/2 (April 2012): 175-199.

"Fiction, Existence and Indeterminacy", in John Woods, ed. Fictions and Models: New Essays. Philosophia Verlag, 2010: 109-148.

"Modal Normativism and the Methods of Metaphysics", Philosophical Topics, 35/1&2, 2007 (released 2010): 135-160.

"Ontological Innovation in Art", Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 68/2, 2010: 119-130.

"The Controversy over the Existence of Ordinary Objects", Philosophy Compass, 5/7, 2010: 591-601.

"Fictional Entities", longer review essay in A Companion to Metaphysics, Second edition. Ed. Jaegwon Kim, Ernest Sosa and Gary Rosenkrantz, Blackwell, 2009: 10-18.

"Artifacts in Metaphysics", in Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, volume: Handbook of Philosophy of the Technological Sciences. Ed. Anthonie Meijers. Elsevier Science, 2009.

"Answerable and Unanswerable Questions", in MetaMetaphysics, eds. David Chalmers, Ryan Wasserman, and David Manley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009: 444-471.

"Social Entities", Routledge Companion to Metaphysics, ed. Robin le Poidevin et. al. London: Routledge, 2009: 545-554.

"The Easy approach to Ontology", Axiomathes, 19 (2009): 1-15.

"Non-Descriptivism about Modality: A Brief History and Revival". Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication. Volume 4: 200 Years of Analytical Philosophy. (2009): 1-26.

"Existence Questions", Philosophical Studies, 141 (2008): 63-78.

"Phenomenal Consciousness and the Phenomenal World", Monist 91, No. 2 (April 2008): 191-214.

"Conceptual Analysis in Phenomenology and Ordinary Language Philosophy", in Michael Beaney, ed. The Analytic Turn: Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology. London: Routledge, 2007.

"Artifacts and Human Concepts", in Creations of the Mind: Essays on Artifacts and their Representation, ed. Stephen Laurence and Eric Margolis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

"Metaphysical Arguments against Ordinary Objects", Philosophical Quarterly Vol 6 No. 224: 340-359 (July 2006).

"Self-Awareness and Self-Knowledge", Psyche 12/2 (May 2006),

"Debates about the Ontology of Art: What are we doing here?" in Philosophy Compass (Blackwell, Vol. 1 (2006)

"Ingarden and the Ontology of Cultural Objects", Existence, Culture, Persons: The Ontology of Roman Ingarden. Arkadiusz Chrudzimski, ed. Frankfurt: Ontos, 2005.

"First-Person Knowledge in Phenomenology", Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, ed. David W. Smith and Amie L. Thomasson, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.(with David W. Smith) Introduction to Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, ed. David W. Smith and Amie L. Thomasson, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

"The Ontology of Art and Knowledge in Aesthetics", Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63:3 (Summer 2005): 221-229.

"Methods of Categorization", in Achille C. Varzi and Laure Vieu, eds. Formal Ontology in Information Systems: Proceedings of the Third International Conference (FOIS 2004). Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2004.

"Categories", Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (first posted 2004).

"The Ontology of Art", in Peter Kivy, ed. The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics, Oxford: Blackwell, 2004: 78-92.

"Fictional Characters as Abstract Artifacts" (reprinted from Chapter 1 of my (1999) Fiction and Metaphysics). In Philosophy of Literature: Contemporary and Classic Readings, ed. Eileen John and Dominic McIver Lopes. Oxford: Blackwell (2004): 144-153.

"Realism and Human Kinds", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. LXVII, No.3, Nov. 2003: 580-609.

"Speaking of Fictional Characters", Dialectica, Vol. 57, No.2 (2003): 207-226.

"Introspection and Phenomenological Method", Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2003): 239-254.

"Foundations for a Social Ontology", in Protosociology, Vol. 18-19: Understanding The Social II: Philosophy of Sociality (2003): 269-290.

"Roman Ingarden", Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (first posted 2003).

"Fictional Characters and Literary Practices", British Journal of Aesthetics Vol. 43, No. 2 (April 2003): 138-157.

"Ingarden and the Theory of Dependence", published in Polish as "Ingarden i teoria zależności bytowej” (translated by Artur Mordka). ΣΟΦΙΑ Nr. 3 (2003): 243-262.

"Phenomenology and the Development of Analytic Philosophy", Southern Journal of Philosophy vol. XL, supplement (Proceedings of the 2001 Spindel Conference "Origins: The Common Sources of the Analytic and Phenomenological Traditions"): 115-142.

"Ontological Minimalism", American Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 38, No. 4 (October 2001): 319-331.

"Geographic Objects and the Science of Geography", Topoi Vol. 20, No. 2 (September 2001): 149-159.

"After Brentano: A One-Level Theory of Consciousness", European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 8 No. 2 (August 2000): 190-209.

"A Non-reductivist Solution to Mental Causation", Philosophical Studies 89 (1998): 181-191.

"The Ontology of the Social World in Searle, Husserl and Beyond" Phenomenological Inquiry Vol. 21 (October 1997): 109-136.

"Fiction, Modality and Dependent Abstracta", Philosophical Studies 84, Nos. 2-3 (December 1996): 295-320.

"Fictional Characters: Dependent or Abstract? A Reply to Reicher's Objections" Conceptus XXIX, Nr. 74 (1996): 119-144.

"Fiction and Intentionality", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56, No. 2 (June 1996): 277-298.

"Die Identität fiktionaler Gegenstände" ("The Identity of Fictional Objects"), Conceptus XXVII, Nr. 70 (1994): 77-95.

"The Reference of Fictional Names", Kriterion 3, No. 6 (1993): 3-12.: "Artifacts and Mind-Independence: Comments on Lynne Rudder Baker’s "The Shrinking Difference between Artifacts and Natural Objects", in APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, Piotr Boltuc (ed.), 8(1): 25-26 (2008).


"The Ontology of Art", entry in Robert Audi, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd Edition. (forthcoming).

"I'm Glad I'm Not Real", philosophical short story, in Peter Worley, ed. The Philosophy Shop. (Anthology of philosophical work for children; winner of Best Anthology/Compilation at New England Book Festival). (2012).

"In What Sense is Phenomenology Transcendental?" (comments on Dan Zahavi "Subjectivity and the First-Person Perspective"). Southern Journal of Philosophy (2007).

Review of Crawford Elder Real Natures and Familiar Objects. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2007).

Review of Wolfgang Huemer, The Constitution of Consciousness: A Study in Analytic Phenomenology. Husserl Studies 23/2 (July 2007): 161-67.

"Two Puzzles for a New Theory of Consciousness", in symposium on Charles Siewert’s The Significance of Consciousness, Psyché (e-journal), Volume 8 (February 2002):

Review of Arindam Chakrabarti Denying Existence, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. LXI, No. 1 (July 2000): 233-235.

Review of D. W. Mertz Moderate Realism and Its Logic, Philosophical Review, Vol. 107, No. 3 (July 1998): 474-477.


Visiting Fellow at the University of Durham, England (January-July 2008).

Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Time, University of Sydney, Australia (June-December 2007).

Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Consciousness at Australian National University (June-August 2005 and October 2007).


National Endowment for the Humanities, fellowship to work on project "The Descent of Metaphysics" (to become two books: Ontology made Easy, on existence questions, and Norms and Necessity, on modal questions). Academic Year 2013-2014.

University of Miami, Cooper Fellowship. Awarded May 2011.

Center for the Humanities, University of Miami, Fellowship to work on new book project The Descent of Metaphysics, Academic Year 2010-2011.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to work on book project Ordinary Objects. September 2003-August 2004.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for work on book project "The Existence of Ordinary Objects: A Philosophical Enquiry". Summer 2002.

Orovitz Summer Research Fellowship in the Humanities, summers of 2001, 2003 and 2007. University of Miami.

Winner of the Review of Metaphysics Dissertation Essay Competition (open to all who finished the Ph.D. in philosophy in the U.S. or Canada during 1995) with essay "Basic Ontological Categories and How to Use Them". Awarded April 1996.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship to attend NEH seminar "The Metaphysics of Mind" (director John Heil), June-July 1996 at Cornell University. Awarded March 1996.

Regents' Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Irvine. Awarded January 1995.

Chancellor's Fellowship, University of California, Irvine. Awarded September 1989.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Elected December 1989.




Metaphysics, Metaontology, Pragmatism Expressivism and Representaionalism, Philosophy of Mind, History of Analytic Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, The World of Common Sense.


Introduction to Philosophy (honors), Ethics (honors), Existentialism, Philosophy of Social Science, 20th Century Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Kant's Critique of Judgement, The Ontology and Aesthetics of Roman Ingarden.


Machette Prize for outstanding teaching, University of California, Irvine. Awarded May 1994.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of California, Irvine. Awarded May 1993.

Leader of Teaching Assistant Training Seminar, University of California, Irvine, 1994.


Dissertation Director for Michael McCracken, defended and granted Ph.D. Fall 2009.

Member of six Ph.D. students’ dissertation committees (two of whom have now finished the Ph.D.), The University of Miami, 2001-present.

External Examiner for Ph.D. student Allison Hepola, Rutgers University, defended April 2011.

External Examiner for Ph.D. student Bradley Murray, Oxford University, defended May 2008.

External Examiner for Ph.D. student Pei Kong Ngai, University of Hong Kong, defended January 2008.

Opponent for dissertation defense of Åsa Andersson, University of Lund, Sweden, May 2007.

External member of Qualifying Exam committee for University of Miami foreign languages Ph.D. student Marina Bulyguina, 2006-7.

External member of Ph.D. dissertation committee, SUNY Buffalo, Fall 2003.

Directed three senior theses in cognitive science, The University of Hong Kong, 1999.

Served on 20 committees for oral qualifying examinations for fine arts doctoral students, Texas Tech University, 1996-8.

Member of six Ph.D. dissertation committees for fine arts doctoral candidates, co-chairing one, Texas Tech University, 1996-8.

Member of one thesis committee and chair of one final paper committee for philosophy M.A. students, Texas Tech University, 1996-8.


Member of Editorial Board for Aesthetics, Philosophy Compass, 2005 to present.

Member of Editorial Board for Revista di Estetica, 2008 to present.

Member of Editorial Board for Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2009 to present.

Co-editor of special issue of The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, 2008-9.

Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics, 2005-2008.

NEH Summer Stipends Review Committee, 2002-3 and 2003-4.

Referee for Austrian Science Fund: European Young Investigator Awards, 2004, and for Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2003.

Referee for book manuscripts/proposals submitted to Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, One World Publications.

Referee for submissions to Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Quarterly, Dialectica, Erkenntnis, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, American Philosophical Quarterly, Grazer, Synthese, Philosophical Explorations, Mind, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, British Journal of Aesthetics, Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and The Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Local arrangements chair for 2002 meetings of the American Society for Aesthetics, with University of Miami as local hosts.

University and Departmental Service:

Member of Graduate School Grievance Committee, 2008-present.

Member of Graduate Admissions Committee, 2003-present.

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, Summer 2004-Summer 2007.

Search Committee member for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami, 2004-5.

Speaker to University of Miami student groups: Philosophy Club/Phi Sigma Tau (5 times) and Solutions (2 times).

Member of graduate curriculum review committee, 2001-2.

Member of Fine Arts Doctoral Committee, Texas Tech University, 1996-7.

Colloquium Director and Faculty Advisor for the Philosophy Club, Texas Tech University, 1996-8.


Research consultant on definition of ‘fine art’ to be used in insurance claims. McLarens Young International, Miami, 2006.

Research Consultant on Categories for Ontek Corporation, Orange County, California, 1994-1995.