Concordia University

Murray Clarke, PhD

Professor, Philosophy

Office: S-M 201-00 
M Annex,
2135 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2519

Murray Clarke is Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University and was Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University and The University of Western Ontario. Twice Chair of Philosophy and Graduate Program Director, he works in Cognitive Science on issues in Philosophy of Mind and Science as they relate to the results of experimental philosophy and evolutionary psychology. He is currently working on the role of intuition and reflection in philosophy, the nature of rationality and our native inferential capacities, and the nature and origin of concepts in psychology. He also works on various issues in contemporary epistemology. For instance, lately he has written a series of papers defending Tracking Theories of Knowledge. He is a member of the FQRSC-funded Groupe de recherche sur la normativite (GRIN) led by Professor Christine Tappolet of Universite de Montreal. 


Most significant research contributions

His book, Reconstructing Reason and Representation (Bradford Books, The MIT Press, 2004), received Honourable Mention for the William James Prize of the American Psychological Association (2005). The book  has been the subject of extensive interest and many reviews, including a symposium  in Philosophiques, 2007, 34/2, 353-402 . A SSHRC and FQRSC winner, he has delivered more than 85 papers world-wide and has 25 other publications. These publications have appeared in leading Journals such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Synthese, and Philosophy of Science, and in the monograph series, Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science. Recent papers include: “Concepts, Intuitions, and Epistemic Norms,” Logos and Episteme, 2010, 1/ 2, 2010, 269-286; "Critical Notice: Jose Zalabardo's Scepticism and Reliable Belief," in Teorema, Volume XXXIII/3, 93-105, 2014; "Two Non-Counterexamples To Truth-Tracking Theories of Knowledge", (with F.Adams) Logos and Episteme, VII, 1 (2016): 67-73; "Rejoinder to Haze," Logos and Episteme, VII, 2 (2016): 227-230; "Beat The (Backward) Clock," (with F.Adams and J.A. Barker) Logos and Episteme, VII, 3 (2016): 280-292, "Methods Matter: Beating the Backward Clock," (with F.Adams and J.A.Barker) Logos and Episteme, VIII, 1 (2017): 99-112. 

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