C. Tyler Burge F'10, F'00, F'86

C. Tyler  Burge
Professor
Philosophy
University of California, Los Angeles

ACLS Fellowship Program 2010
Professor
Philosophy
University of California, Los Angeles
Constitutive and Phylogenetic Origins of Reason

This project examines constitutive conditions for having propositional attitudes. It associate these constitutive conditions with a discussion of what empirical evidence is relevant to showing that specific species have propositional attitudes; discusses what is known about which species have them; and criticizes armchair attempts to show that non-human animals could not have propositional attitudes. Finally, it develops a non-deflationary notion of reason, according to which a creature can reason, in at least a primitive but robust sense, if and only if the creature has propositional attitudes. The discussion involves a serious discussion of what it is about propositional structure that connects propositional attitudes with reason.

ACLS Fellowship Program 2000
Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Kant's boundary principle. The cognitive distinctiveness of human beings

ACLS Fellowship Program 1986
Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Philosophy of Mind: Norms and Abilities