Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Field of Specialty

Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science

Contact Information

Mandel Center for the Humanities 109

Peter Epstein

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My work cuts against the current trend in philosophy towards ever narrower specialization. Though I list my central research areas as philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of science, I am, in truth, a generalist. I approach my research in perception with an eye towards understanding mathematical and scientific reasoning; I assess debates in formal epistemology in light of my views on the metaphysics of mental states; and I address questions concerning scientific methodology through the lens of my account of the nature of conscious experience. It is my view that we can hope to make progress on the central
questions of contemporary philosophy only by taking an appropriately broad perspective, combining insights from many different areas of research.

Courses Taught

PHIL 35a Philosophy of Science
PHIL 133b Mental Content: Mind, World and Meaning
PHIL 143a Foundations of Decision Theory and Game Theory
PHIL 200a Graduate Proseminar
PHIL 231a Graduate Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science