Professor -- Philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology

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101B Peabody Hall
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By Appointment Only (Spring and Summer 2019)
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Beth Preston works primarily in the areas of philosophy of mind, action theory, epistemology, and philosophy of technology.  She received her MA from the New School and her PhD from Boston University. Her undergraduate degree is from Reed College.

Research Interests:
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Action Theory
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Epistemology
  • History of Philosophy (especially 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy)
Selected Publications:

Synthetic Biology as Red Herring, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2013, 

A Philosophy of Material Culture: Action, Function and Mind (Routledge, 2013)

Cognition and Tool Use, Mind & Language 1998

Why is a Wing Like a Spoon? A Pluralist Theory of Function, The Journal of Philosophy 1998

Merleau-Ponty and Feminine Embodied Existence, Continental Philosophy Review 1996

Heidegger and Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 1993

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