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Gary Ebbs

Chair Department of Philosophy
Professor Philosophy
Office: Sycamore Hall 117
Phone: (812) 855-7800

See also: Professor Ebbs's homepage


  • Oberlin College, B.A. (philosophy) 1981
  • Oberlin Conservatory, Mus. B. (piano performance) 1982
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. 1988

Research Interests

I am interested in the sort of naturalism that results from accepting the scientific orientation in philosophy that logical empiricists such was Carnap urged, but giving up the logical empiricist's analytic-synthetic distinction, following W. V. Quine and Hilary Putnam. I am sympathetic with scientific/philosophical projects that aim to replace traditional concepts of mind and cognition with naturalistically respectable, explanatory clarifications of them. I am therefore interested in seeing how much of the work of explanation in cognitive science can be done without any thickly "normative" notions of representation. Among other things I have written extensively about how to reconcile naturalistic accounts of mental content with the idea that we ordinarily know the contents of our utterances without any special empirical investigation.