My research in the philosophy of cognitive science deals with concepts and mental representation, the links among concepts, language, and perception, embodied and extended cognition, and cross-cultural conceptions of the natural world. Within the philosophy of science I have focused on models and modeling practices, scientific kinds, mechanistic explanation, interfield integration, and the design of experimental systems. Links to published papers below are roughly grouped by subject area.

For a sense of what some recent work looks like, here is a talk that I gave at Emory’s Center for the Study of Mind, Brain, and Culture entitled “The Myth of Natural Categories”:


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The structure, content, and acquisition of concepts

Relationships among concepts, perception, and language

Ethno-ontology and ideas of nature across culture

Modeling, architecture, and explanation in cognitive science

Mental disorders and folk psychology