• Patrick Rysiew (rhymes with the North American "issue")
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • PhD, The University of Arizona (2000)
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  • Department of Philosophy
  • The University of Victoria
  • P.O. Box 3045 STN CSC
  • Victoria BC V8W-3P4 Canada
  • Phone: 250-721-7512
  • Fax: 250-721-7511
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    Below, you'll find information about some of my philosophical interests and activities. If you can't find what you're after, e-mail me at the address above.

     

    Research Interests

    • Epistemology - the relevance of social, psychological, and evolutionary considerations to epistemic matters, knowledge attributions, epistemic value(s), evidence, testimony, rationality, naturalism, scepticism, contextualism
    • Early Modern - especially Thomas Reid and the empiricists
    • Philosophy of Language & Mind - especially the non-semantic aspects of communication and theories of 'higher' cognitive processes

    Courses, 2013-2014 (descriptions)

    • Philosophy 251: Knowledge, Certainty, and Skepticism - Fall 2013
    • Philosophy 358: Theory of Perception - Fall 2013
    • Philosophy 351: Epistemology - Spring 2014
    • Philosophy 490/500: Advanced Topics: Naturalism in Epistemology - Spring 2014

    Publications

    • forthcoming: "Argumentation and the Social Significance of Reasons," Episteme
    • forthcoming: "Reid's First Principle #7," in New Essays on Reid, special volume of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy (Routledge)
    • forthcoming: "Thomas Reid on Language," in Linguistic Meaning: New Essays in the History of the Philosophy of Language, edited by Margaret Cameron and Robert Stainton (Oxford University Press)
    • forthcoming: "Is Knowledge a Non-Composite Mental State?," in Oxford Studies in Epistemology, edited by Tamar Szabó Gendler and John Hawthorne (Oxford University Press) (.pdf)
    • forthcoming: "Experience First" (and "Reply to Williamson") (with Trent Dougherty), in Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, 2nd edition, edited by Ernest Sosa, Matthias Steup, and John Turri (Blackwell Publishing)
    • forthcoming: "Pragmatism and Reid's 'Third Way'," in Mind, Knowledge and Action: Essays in Honour of Reid's Tercentenary, edited by Todd Buras and Rebecca Copenhaver (Mind Association Occasional Series, Oxford University Press)
    • "Rationality," in Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy, edited by Duncan Pritchard (New York: Oxford University Press, published on-line, November 2012) (link)
    • "Epistemic Scorekeeping," in Knowledge Ascriptions, edited by Jessica Brown and Mikkel Gerken (Oxford University Press, 2012): 270-293 (.pdf)
    • "Elusive 'Knowledge'," Analytic Philosophy, Vol. 53, No. 1 (2012): 130-138 (.pdf)
    • "Surveys, Intuitions, Knowledge Attributions," Philosophical Studies, Vol. 156, No. 1 (2011): 111-120 (.pdf)
    • "Making it Evident: Evidence and Evidentness, Justification and Belief," in Evidentialism and its Discontents, edited by Trent Dougherty (Oxford, 2011): 207-225 (.pdf)
    • "Clarity About Concessive Knowledge Attributions: Reply to Dodd" (with Trent Dougherty), Synthese, Vol. 181, No. 3 (2011): 395-403 (.pdf)
    • "Relativism and Contextualism," in A Companion to Relativism, edited by Steven D. Hales (Blackwell, 2011): 286-305 (.pdf)
    • "Contextualism," in The Routledge Companion to Epistemology, edited by Sven Bernecker and Duncan Pritchard (Routledge, 2010): 523-535 (.pdf)
    • "Fallibilism, Epistemic Possibility, and Concessive Knowledge Attributions" (with Trent Dougherty), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 78, No. 1 (January 2009): 123-132 (.pdf)
    • "Rationality Disputes - Psychology and Epistemology," Philosophy Compass, Vol. 3, Issue 6 (October 2008): 1153-1176 (abstract)
    • "Speaking of Knowing," Noûs, Vol. 41, No. 4 (December 2007): 627-662 (.pdf)
    • "Beyond Words: Communication, Truthfulness, and Understanding," Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology, Vol. 4, No. 3 (October 2007): 285-304 (.pdf)
    • "Epistemic Contextualism," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (first appeared: Fall 2007 Edition; substantive revision: November 2011) (here)
    • "A Study in the Cognition of Individuals' Identity: Solving the Problem of Singular Cognition in Object and Agent Tracking" (with Nicolas Bullot), Consciousness and Cognition, Vol. 16 (2007): 276-293 (.pdf)
    • "Motivating the Relevant Alternatives Approach," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 32, No. 2 (June 2006): 259-280 (.pdf)
    • "Reidian Evidence," Journal of Scottish Philosophy, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (Autumn 2005): 107-121 (.pdf)
    • "Contesting Contextualism," Grazer Philosophische Studien - special issue on contextualism, Vol. 69 (July 2005): 51-70 (.pdf)
    • "Introduction," Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology, Vol. 1, No. 3 (2005): 163-168 (.pdf)
    • "Tracking Objects, Tracking Agents" (with Nicolas Bullot) – Interdisciplines on-line Symposium, ‘Referring to Objects’ (March 2005) (.pdf)
    • "Analyzing Knowledge Management Systems: A Veritistic Approach" (with Palash Bera), Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Philosophy and Informatics (Cologne; April-May 2004) (.pdf)
    • "Goldman's Knowledge in a Social World: Correspondence Truth and the Place of Justification in a Veritistic Social Epistemology," Protosociology, Vol. 18-19 (2003): 409-422 (.pdf)
    • "'Encouragement in Darwin'?," Facta Philosophica, Vol. 4., Issue 2 (Fall 2002): 271-286 (.pdf)
    • "Reid and Epistemic Naturalism," The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 209 (October 2002): 437-456 (.pdf)
      • winner of The Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize, 2001
      • reprinted in The Philosophy of Thomas Reid: A Collection of Essays, edited by John Haldane and Stephen Read (Blackwell, 2003)
      • chosen as one of 10 highlights of the previous ten volumes (i.e., ten years) of The Philosophical Quarterly (March 2006)
    • "The Context-Sensitivity of Knowledge Attributions," Noûs, Vol. 35, No. 4 (December 2001): 477-514 (.pdf)
    • "Testimony, Simulation, and the Limits of Inductivism," Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 78, No. 2 (June 2000): 269-274 (.pdf)
    • "Conventional Wisdom," Analysis, Vol. 60, No. 1 (January 2000): 78-83 (.pdf)
    • "Reid's (Mis)Characterization of Judgment," Reid Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Autumn 1999): 63-68 (available here)

    Books Reviewed

    • Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception, by Ryan Nichols (Oxford University Press, 2007): Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 46, No. 4 (October 2008): 645-646 (.pdf)
    • Contextualism in Philosophy: Knowledge, Meaning, and Truth, edited by Gerhard Preyer and Georg Peter (Oxford University Press, 2005): Mind, Vol. 116, No. 464 (October 2007): 1154-1158 (.pdf)
    • Illocutionary Acts and Sentence Meaning, by William P. Alston (Cornell, 2000): The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 212 (July 2003): 465-468 (.pdf)
    • Intellectual Trust in Oneself and Others, by Richard Foley (Cambridge, 2002): Philosophy in Review, Vol. 23, No. 3 (June 2003): 178-180 (.pdf)
    • Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology, by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Cambridge, 2001): Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 40, No. 2 (April 2002): 260-261 (.pdf)
    • Implicature, by Wayne A. Davis (Cambridge, 1998): Mind, Vol. 109, No. 435 (July 2000): 573-579 (.pdf)

    Editorial

    • forthcoming: Editor, New Essays on Reid, special volume of Canadian Journal of Philosophy (Routledge)
    • forthcoming: Guest editor, special issue of Philosophical Studies, selections from the 2013 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
    • Executive editor, Canadian Journal of Philosophy
    • Supervising editor, Thoemmes' Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers. General Editor, Stuart Brown (Bristol, England: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005).

    Presentations & Comments

    • "Argumentation and the Social Significance of Reasons"; Episteme - 10th Anniversary Conference (San Jose, Costa Rica; January 2014)
    • "Reid's First Principle #7"; Reid Conference (Burlington, Vermont; November 1-2, 2013)
    • "Knowledge, On the Level"; Symposium on the Unity of Epistemic Reasons, CPA Annual Congress (Victoria; June 2013)
    • "Enlightenment, Darkness, Trust: Thomas Reid and Intellectual Autonomy"; Epistemic Autonomy Conference; Humbolt-Universitat zu Berlin (Berlin; August 2011)
    • "The Role and Semantics of Knowledge Ascriptions"; SFU Alumni Conference (Simon Fraser University; March 2011)
    • "Epistemic Scorekeeping"; Department of Philosophy, Reed College (February 2011)
    • "Epistemic Scorekeeping"; Knowledge Ascriptions Workshop (St. Andrews University; October 16-17 2010)
    • "Surveys, Intuitions, Knowledge Attributions" (invited comments on Keith DeRose's "Contextualism, Contrastivism, and X-Phi Surveys"); Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy (May 7-9, 2010; Oberlin College)
    • "Reid and Pragmatism (old and new)"; Thomas Reid from His Time to Ours; Annual Conference of the British Society for the History of Philosophy (March 21-26, 2010; Aberdeen-Glasgow)
    • Invited Discussant, Rutgers Epistemology Conference; Rutgers University (New Brunswisk, NJ; May 2009)
    • "Scottish Common Sense"; St. Andrews and Caledonian Society of Victoria (Victoria BC; November 2008)
    • Comments on E.J. Coffman's "Reliabilty and Warranted Assertability"; APA Central (Chicago; April 2008)
    • Comments on papers by Peter Ludlow, Ram Neta, and Jonathan Schaffer, New Work on Contextualism - invited Symposium; APA Pacific (Pasadena; March 2008)
    • "Making it Evident"; Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta (March 2008)
    • "Beyond Words: Linguistic Communication, Truthfulness, and the Epistemology of Testimony"; Fourth Annual Episteme Conference, on Testimony (Rutgers University; June 29-30, 2007)
    • "Blind, Bamboozled, or Otherwise Mistaken"; International Conference on Linguistics and Epistemology (University of Aberdeen; May 12-13, 2007)
    • "Epistemic Agency and the Non-Local Truth Goal: A Defence of Epistemic Value Monism"; APA Pacific (San Francisco; April 2007)
    • Comments on Lepock's "Levels of Reliabilist Appraisal: How to Make the Generality Problem Work for You"; Western Canadian Philosophical Association (Vancouver; October 2006)
    • "Epistemic Agency and the Non-Local Truth Goal"; Western Canadian Philosophical Association (Vancouver; October 2006)
    • Comments on Bedke's "Developmental Process Reliabilism and a Theory of Evidence"; APA Pacific (Portland; March 2006)
    • "Attributing Knowledge, Attributing Error: Contextualism, the Disappearance Effect, and 'Semantic Self-Knowledge'"; CPA Annual Congress (London, Ontario; May 2005)
    • "Sensing Color, Perceiving Figure" (Comments on Grandi's, "Colour and Visible Figure: Dugald Stewart's Criticism of Reid"); Western Canadian Philosophical Association (Victoria; October 2004)
    • "Beyond Knowledge Itself: The Place of Reason(s) in a Naturalistic Epistemology"; Canadian Society for Epistemology, Summer Workshop on Recent Epistemology - The Program of Naturalism (Sherbrooke; May 2004)
    • "Epistemic Commitments, Invariantist WAMs, and the Knowledge Account of Assertion" (Comments on Pritchard's "Contextualism, Skepticism and 'Warranted Assertability Maneuvres'"); Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference (Moscow-Pullman; April-May 2004)
    • "Analyzing Knowledge Management Systems: A Veritistic Approach" (coauthor: Palash Bera, UBC); First International Workshop on Philosophy and Informatics (Cologne; March-April 2004)
    • "Adaptive Cognition"; APA Pacific (Pasadena; March 2004)
    • "Evidence, Evidentness, and Self-Evidence in Reid"; Reid Society, APA Pacific (Pasadena; March 2004)
    • "The Banality of the Relevant Alternatives Approach"; Western Canadian Philosophical Association (Lethbridge; October 2003)
    • "Mysterianism, and Other Immodest Views of the Mind" (Comments on Copenhaver's, "Is Reid a Mysterian?"); Northwest Philosophy Conference (Portland; October 2003)
    • "Goldman's Veritistic Social Epistemology: Truth, Knowledge, and (Other) Epistemic Goods"; CPA Annual Congress (Halifax; May-June 2003)
    • "Epistemic Discourse"; Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria (November 2002)
    • "'Encouragement in Darwin'?"; Western Canadian Philosophical Association (Calgary; October 2002)
    • "Speaking of Knowing"; Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University (March 2002) 
    • "'Encouragement in Darwin'?"; BC Philosophy Conference, hosted by UBC (May 2002) 
    • "Coordination and Two Notions of What Is Said" (with Rob Stainton, University of Western Ontario). Invited paper at the Conference on Context, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UNAM, Mexico City (October 31, 2001)
    • "'Competing' Conceptions of What is Said"; Department of Linguistics, UBC (November 2001) 
    • "Peter Graham's ‘Locke and Hume on Testimony and the Grounds of Belief': Two Questions"; 28th Hume Society Conference (Victoria BC; July 2001) 
    • Comments on Vinci's "The Argument Structure of Quine's 'Epistemology Naturalized'"; CPA Annual Congress (Quebec City; May 2001) 
    • "Reid and Epistemic Naturalism"; APA Pacific (San Francisco; March 2001) 
    • "Reid and Epistemic Naturalism"; UBC Philosophy Colloquium (March 2001)
    • "Testimony, Simulation and the Limits of Inductivism"; APA Central (New Orleans; May 1999) 
    • "Conventional Wisdom"; APA Eastern (Washington, DC; Dec 1998) 
    • "On Some Aspects of Reid's Theory of Natural Signs"; CPA Annual Congress (Ottawa; May 1998)

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