World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Paul Boghossian

Article Id: WHEBN0004331844
Reproduction Date:

Title: Paul Boghossian  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of philosophers of mind, A priori and a posteriori, Relativism
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Paul Boghossian

Paul Boghossian giving the Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy 2008 in Tartu, Estonia.

Paul Boghossian is Silver professor of philosophy at New York University, where he was Chair of the Department for ten years (1994–2004) and responsible for building it into one of the very top philosophy programs in the world.[1] His research interests include epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He is Director of the New York Institute of Philosophy and research professor at the University of Birmingham.

Boghossian earned his B.S. in physics at Stanford University in 1978, and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University in 1987. In addition to his current position at NYU, he has been a professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a visiting professor at Princeton University. He has previously held research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Magdalen College, Oxford, the University of London, and the Australian National University. He is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He is on the editorial board of the journals Philosophical Studies and Philosophers' Imprint. In postmodern circles, Boghossian is known for his response to the Sokal hoax.[2]

In his article 'Blind Reasoning', Boghossian argues that we are blind to our reasons for justifying our methods of inference (the epitome of a method of inference is taken to be modus ponens.) Rejecting both Simple Inferential Externalism for its inconsistency and Simple Inferential Internalism because it is difficult to accept, he opts for a third and new form of "rational insight". This paper, in conjunction with an on-going correspondence between Boghossian and Crispin Wright, is part of a project to defend against epistemic relativism. Epistemic relativism claims that knowledge and reason are fundamentally cultural or subjective rather than objective. His book Fear of Knowledge won a Choice Award as an outstanding Academic Book of 2006.

He serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the World Knowledge Dialogue Foundation.[3]

In 2012, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[4]

Boghossian is of Armenian ancestry.[5]

Selected works

  • Content and Justification: Philosophical Papers, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • "How Are Objective Epistemic Reasons Possible?" in Philosophical Studies, Dec 2001, pp. 340–380.
  • "Inference and Insight," in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, November, 2001, pp. 633–641.
  • "On Hearing the Music in the Sound," in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2002).
  • "The Gospel of Relaxation" (review of The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand), The New Republic, September 2001.
  • "What is Social Construction?" in Times Literary Supplement, February 23, 2001, pp. 6–8.
  • New Essays on the A Priori (co-edited with Christopher Peacocke), Oxford University Press 2000.
  • "Knowledge of Logic," in New Essays on the A Priori, ibid.
  • "Analyticity," in Bob Hale and Crispin Wright (eds.): The Philosophy of Language (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1997), pp. 331–368.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Academic profile at NYU
  2. ^ Boghossian, Paul (1996-12-13). "What the Sokal hoax ought to teach us".  
  3. ^ The World Knowledge Dialogue Foundation has a new Scientific Board, 16 July 2007
  4. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2012 Fellows (and their affiliations at the time of election)
  5. ^ An Interview with Paul Boghossian, Khatchig Mouradian Aztag Daily.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from National Public Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.