John Hawthorne

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John Hawthorne
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic
Main interests
Metaphysics,epistemology, philosophy of language

John Hawthorne is the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University, though he continues to teach on a visiting basis at the University of Southern California. In 2015, he will begin teaching full-time at the University of Southern California. He is primarily known for his work in metaphysics and epistemology; his 2006 collection Metaphysical Essays offers original treatments of fundamental topics in philosophy, including identity, ontology, vagueness, and causation.

In his book Knowledge and Lotteries, Hawthorne defends a view in epistemology according to which the presence of knowledge is dependent on the subject's interests (he calls this view 'Subject-Sensitive Invariantism').[1] Unlike contextualism, Hawthorne's view does not require that the meaning of the word "know" changes from one context of ascription to another. His view is thus a variety of invariantism. However, whether a subject has knowledge depends to a surprising extent on features of the subject's context, including practical concerns. This position can be classed as a form of pragmatism (Hawthorne, 2004: p. 180). The American philosopher Jason Stanley holds a similar view.

Hawthorne has also written on philosophy of language and philosophical logic, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and on Leibniz.

Hawthorne earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University, where he studied with William Alston and Jonathan F. Bennett. He taught previously at New South Wales, Arizona State, Syracuse, and Rutgers.

Hawthorne is one of the leading figures in metaphysics.[2]

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Edited books[edit]

  • Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics (edited with Theodore Sider and Dean Zimmerman, Blackwell, 2007)
  • Perceptual Experience (edited with Tamar Gendler, Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Conceivability and Possibility (edited with Tamar Gendler, Oxford University Press, 2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGrath, Matthew (6 August 2004). "Knowledge and Lotteries". Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics: Hardback: Michael J. Loux". Oxford University Press. 2003-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 

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