I am an assistant professor of philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University. I received my PhD from NYU in 2009.
My research is primarily in the philosophy of mind and the history of modern philosophy (esp. the seventeenth century). I also have strong secondary interests in metaphysics, medieval philosophy, philosophy of language, and logic.
I am currently working on two projects. The first is about the way we visually represent colors, locations, and durations. It draws heavily on empirical psychology, particularly psychophysics and cognitive psychology. As part of this project, Josh New and I are experimentally testing the link between cognitive speed and one's sense of time's passage. The second project is about the foundations of Spinoza's metaphysics. I hope to improve our understanding of his three basic, undefined relations: causation, conception, and inherence. I also hope to improve our understanding of the role of God's attributes (e.g., extension) in Spinoza's arguments.
Here is a more detailed description of my research
"Conception and Causation in Spinoza's Metaphysics," Philosophers' Imprint (2013), final
"Anti-Atomism about Color Representation," Noûs, final
"Truth in the Emendation," in The Young Spinoza, Yitzhak Melamed (ed.), penultimate
"Triangulating How Things Look," draft (revised and resubmitted)
"Perceptual Confidence," draft (revised and resubmitted)
"Restricting Spinoza's Causal Axiom," draft (revised and resubmitted)
Review of Valtteri Viljanen's Spinoza's Geometry of Power, British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2013), final
Review of De Rosa's Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation, commissioned by Mind (with Elliot Paul), draft
This fall I am teaching an introduction to logic (syllabus) and a senior seminar on the metaphysics of substance from Aristotle to Lewis (syllabus). I'll then be on leave until the spring of 2016, thanks in large part to a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I support the movement to publish teaching evaluations. A summary of my evaluations for 2012 is here.
Contactjmorrison [at] barnard.edu