Edouard Machery

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Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

His research focuses on the philosophical issues raised by psychology and cognitive neuroscience and he is also involved in the development of experimental philosophy. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters on these topics in philosophical and scientific venues. He is also the author of Doing without Concepts as well as the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality, La Philosophie Expérimentale, Arguing about Human Nature, and Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy. He is currently the editor of the Naturalistic Philosophy section of Philosophy Compass. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award by the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 and the Stanton Prize by the Society for Philosophy and Psychology in 2013; he has been a Senior Fellow of the Korea Institute for Advanced Study in 2013 and the Clark Way Harrison Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. He is the Scots Philosophical Association Centenary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 2016 and a Regular Visiting Distinguished Professorship at Eidyn (Edinburgh). He has also been recently elected to the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association (2017-2020).

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Representative Publications:
Machery, E. (2014). In defense of reverse inference. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 65, 251-267.

Machery, E. (2009). Doing without Concepts. New York: Oxford University Press.

Griffiths, P. E., Machery, E., & Linquist, S. (2009). The vernacular concept of innateness. Mind & Language, 24, 605-630.

Machery, E. (2008). A plea for human nature. Philosophical Psychology, 21, 321-330.

Machery, E. (2007). Concept empiricism: A methodological critique. Cognition, 104, 19-46.

Machery, E., Mallon, R., Nichols, S., & Stich, S. P. (2004). Semantics, Cross-cultural style. Cognition, 92, B1-B12.


Stephen Stich

Stephen Stich is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University, and Director of the Research Group on Evolution and Cognition.  He is also Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.  Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty he taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and the University of California, San Diego.  He has lectured in more than 30 countries around the world and has been Visiting Professor at a number of leading universities in the USA, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.  His publications include six books, a dozen anthologies and about 200 articles.  Professor Stich is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Jean Nicod Prize awarded by the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.  He was the first recipient of the American Philosophical Association’s Gittler Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, and in 2016 he was awarded the American Philosophical Association’s Leibowitz Prize for Philosophical achievement.

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Representative Publications:

Stich, S. P. (1983). From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Science: The Case Against Belief. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Stich, S. P. (1990). The Fragmentation of Reason: Preface to a Pragmatic Theory of Cognitive Evaluation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Stich, S. P. (1996). Deconstructing the Mind. New York: Oxford University Press.

Nichols, S. & Stich, S. P. (1990). Mindreading. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stich, S. P. (2011). Mind and Language:  Collected Papers, Vol 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stich, S. P. (2012). Knowledge, Rationality and Morality: Collected Papers, Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


H. Clark Barrett

H. Clark Barrett is Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, and a member of the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture. He has conducted field work among the Shuar of Ecuador for twenty years, and uses cross-cultural comparisons to explore the nature of human cognition. He collaborates with anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers, and economists to conduct large-scale cross-cultural studies of universals and variation in human psychology and development, and has published articles in numerous professional journals including Child Development, Cognition, Current Anthropology, Mind and Language, Psychological Review, Psychological Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science. He is the author of The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve, published by Oxford University Press.

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Representative publications: 
Barrett, H.C. (2015). The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve. New York: Oxford University Press.

Barrett, H.C., Bolyanatz, A., Crittenden, A.N., Fessler, D.M.T., Fitzpatrick, S., Gurven, M., Henrich, J., Kanovsky, M., Kushnick, G., Pisor, A., Scelza, B.A., Stich, S., von Rueden, C., Zhao, W., & Laurence, S. (2016). Small-scale societies exhibit fundamental variation in the role of intentions in moral judgment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1522070113v1-201522070.

Barrett, H.C., Peterson, C.D., & Frankenhuis, W.E. (2016). Mapping the cultural learnability landscape of danger. Child Development, 87(3), 770–781.

Barrett, H.C., Broesch, T., Scott, R.M., He, Z., Baillargeon, R., Wu, D., Bolz, M., Henrich, J., Setoh, P., Wang, J., & Laurence, S. (2013). Early false-belief understanding in traditional non-Western societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 280(1755): 20122654.

Barrett, H.C. (2012). A hierarchical model of the evolution of human brain specializations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 10733–10740.

Barrett, H. C., and Kurzban, R. (2006). Modularity in cognition: Framing the debate. Psychological Review, 113, 628-647.