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Jacob Beck

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Department of Philosophy

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S439
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 22582
Email: jbeck@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://www.jacobbeck.org

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Accepting New Graduate Students

Degrees

Ph.D. Philosophy, Harvard University
B.A. Philosophy & Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Philosophy , Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Attention and Mental Primer" (with Keith Schneider). Mind & Language, 32, 2017, 463–494

2017

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Cognition, 158, 2017, 110–121

2017

“Analogue Magnitude Representations: A Philosophical Introduction.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66, 2015, pp. 829–855.

2015

“Analogue Magnitudes, the Generality Constraint, and Nonconceptual Thought.” Mind, 123, 2014, pp. 1155–1165

2014

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Protosociology, 30: Concepts: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives), 2013, pp. 29–48.

2013

"The Only Good Reason to Ban Steroids in Baseball: To Prevent an Arms Race. The Atlantic, June 17, 2013

2013

“Atomism about Concepts.” Encyclopedia of the Mind, SAGE Reference, 2013 (1000 words)

2013

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Philosophical Psychology, 26, 2013, pp. 520-546

2013

“Do Animals Engage in Conceptual Thought?” Philosophy Compass, 7, 2012, pp. 218-229

2012

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Mind, 121, 2012, pp. 563-600

2012

"Marking the Perception–Cognition Boundary." Australasian Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming


Conference Papers

Publication
Year

"Analog Magnitudes: A Philosophical Introduction." Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, February 2013.

2013

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, May 2013. Queen’s University, Kingston, November 2012.

2013

“Marking the Perception–Cognition Boundary.” 9th International Symposium: Perception and Concepts, University of Latvia, Riga, May 2013. Department of Philosophy, Carleton University, Ottawa, March 2013.

2013

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Bard College, April 2013. University of Missouri at Saint Louis, April 2012. York University, January 2011.

2013

“Comments on ‘God Knows (But Does God Believe?).’” Pacific APA, March 2012

2012

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, October 2011. Concepts and Perception Workshop, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, December 2012.

2012

“An Empirical Objection to Concept Atomism.” Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Montreal, July 2011

2011

“Comments on Cameron Buckner’s ‘Reforming the Distinction between Cognition and Mere Association.’” Pacific APA, April 2011

2011

“Analog Magnitudes: A Case Study in Nonconceptual Thought.” Texas Tech, February 2010

2010

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Texas Tech, November 2010; Washington University in Saint Louis, September 2010

2010

“The Problem of Animal Minds.” Texas Tech, November 2010

2010

“Simulation or Theory? Comments on William M. Ramsey’s ‘How Not to Build a Hybrid.’” Pacific APA, April 2009

2009

“The Mixed View of Concepts: A Defense.” Central APA, February 2009

2009

“The Roots of War: Evolutionary and Cognitive Origins of Human Warmongering.” Philosophical Perspectives on Peace III, Boazici University, Istanbul, June 2009

2009


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/COGS4750 6.0 A Honours Thesis in Cognitive Science DIRD
Fall 2020 GS/PHIL6355 3.0 A Major Problems in the Philosophy of Mind SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/COGS4750 6.0 A Honours Thesis in Cognitive Science DIRD

Degrees

Ph.D. Philosophy, Harvard University
B.A. Philosophy & Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Philosophy , Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Cognitive Science

All Publications


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Attention and Mental Primer" (with Keith Schneider). Mind & Language, 32, 2017, 463–494

2017

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Cognition, 158, 2017, 110–121

2017

“Analogue Magnitude Representations: A Philosophical Introduction.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66, 2015, pp. 829–855.

2015

“Analogue Magnitudes, the Generality Constraint, and Nonconceptual Thought.” Mind, 123, 2014, pp. 1155–1165

2014

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Protosociology, 30: Concepts: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives), 2013, pp. 29–48.

2013

"The Only Good Reason to Ban Steroids in Baseball: To Prevent an Arms Race. The Atlantic, June 17, 2013

2013

“Atomism about Concepts.” Encyclopedia of the Mind, SAGE Reference, 2013 (1000 words)

2013

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Philosophical Psychology, 26, 2013, pp. 520-546

2013

“Do Animals Engage in Conceptual Thought?” Philosophy Compass, 7, 2012, pp. 218-229

2012

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Mind, 121, 2012, pp. 563-600

2012

"Marking the Perception–Cognition Boundary." Australasian Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming


Conference Papers

Publication
Year

"Analog Magnitudes: A Philosophical Introduction." Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, February 2013.

2013

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, May 2013. Queen’s University, Kingston, November 2012.

2013

“Marking the Perception–Cognition Boundary.” 9th International Symposium: Perception and Concepts, University of Latvia, Riga, May 2013. Department of Philosophy, Carleton University, Ottawa, March 2013.

2013

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Bard College, April 2013. University of Missouri at Saint Louis, April 2012. York University, January 2011.

2013

“Comments on ‘God Knows (But Does God Believe?).’” Pacific APA, March 2012

2012

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, October 2011. Concepts and Perception Workshop, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, December 2012.

2012

“An Empirical Objection to Concept Atomism.” Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Montreal, July 2011

2011

“Comments on Cameron Buckner’s ‘Reforming the Distinction between Cognition and Mere Association.’” Pacific APA, April 2011

2011

“Analog Magnitudes: A Case Study in Nonconceptual Thought.” Texas Tech, February 2010

2010

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Texas Tech, November 2010; Washington University in Saint Louis, September 2010

2010

“The Problem of Animal Minds.” Texas Tech, November 2010

2010

“Simulation or Theory? Comments on William M. Ramsey’s ‘How Not to Build a Hybrid.’” Pacific APA, April 2009

2009

“The Mixed View of Concepts: A Defense.” Central APA, February 2009

2009

“The Roots of War: Evolutionary and Cognitive Origins of Human Warmongering.” Philosophical Perspectives on Peace III, Boazici University, Istanbul, June 2009

2009


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/COGS4750 6.0 A Honours Thesis in Cognitive Science DIRD
Fall 2020 GS/PHIL6355 3.0 A Major Problems in the Philosophy of Mind SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/COGS4750 6.0 A Honours Thesis in Cognitive Science DIRD