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Yuri V. Balashov

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PROFESSOR -- Philosophy of Science/AI, Philosophy of Language & Linguistics, Translation Studies, Metaphysics, Logic

Yuri Balashov (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) has a background in physics as well as philosophy and is particularly interested in erasing the boundary between them. His recent work attempts to bring broadly empirical considerations to bear on important issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics, including the ontology of time, persistence, and material composition. This includes physics-inspired arguments defending four-dimensionalism, the view that material objects are extended in time as well as space and persist through time much like roads and rivers "persist" through space. Dr. Balashov is also interested in philosophy of science and philosophy of language, and is currently working on a new interdisciplinary research project at the interface of philosophy of language, computational linguistics, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. His goal is to explore the uneasy, complicated relationship between human and machine translation. Dr. Balashov's hobbies include (serious) music and skiing.


Recent publications include:

"The Boundaries of Meaning: A Case Study on Neural Machine Translation," Inquiry (2022)

"The Translator’s Extended Mind," Minds & Machines (2020)

"Common Sense and Relativistic Supercoincidence," in Scientific Challenges to Common Sense Philosophy (Routledge, 2020)

"On the Invariance and Intrinsicality of Four-Dimensional Shapes in Special Relativity," Analysis (2014)

Persistence and Spacetime (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Research Interests:
  • Philosophy of Science/AI
  • Philosophy of Language/Linguistics
  • Translation Studies
  • Metaphysics
Articles Featuring Yuri V. Balashov
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 2:57pm

Professor Yuri Balashov gave a talk on "Harnessing the Power of Domain Adaptation" at the Annual Conference of the American Translators Association in…

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 12:08pm

Professor Yuri Balashov continues his work on his project on human and machine translation.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 3:51pm

Distinguished Research Professor, Richard Winfield published his twenty-third single-authored book, In Defense of Reason after Hegel: Why…

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 3:47pm

Yuri Balashov became increasingly involved in the activities of the American Translators Association

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 11:40am

Edward Halper, Distinguished Research Professor and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor published an opinion piece in the December 3, 2020 issue of the…

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 12:24pm

Yuri BalashovProfessor…

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