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Tyler Burge to Speak at W&L on “Perceptions: Origins of Mind”

Tyler Burge, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Los Angeles, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The title of Burge’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Perceptions: Origins of Mind.” His visit is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma of Virginia and the W&L Philosophy Department.

Burge is the author of four books including “Origins of Objectivity” (2010), “Foundations of Mind” (2007) and “Truth, Thought, Reason: Essays on Frege” (2005).  His newest book, “Cognition Through Understanding” (2013), presents a selection of Burge’s essays that use epistemology to illumine powers of mind.

In addition, he has published many papers on philosophy of mind, history of philosophy, epistemology and is perhaps best known for his writings on anti-individualism with respect to mental states, also known as externalism.

Burge has taught at UCLA since 1971. He is a former president of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society and the Institut International de Philosophie.

He has received honors and awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has given the Locke Lectures at Oxford, the Dewey Lectures at Columbia and the Nicod Lectures in Paris.

Burge received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.