SIMON J. EVNINE

Curriculum Vitae

Employment

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, 2008-

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, 2002-8

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, 2001-2

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Cal Poly, 2002-3 (on leave)

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Cal Poly, 1996-2001

Education

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California Los Angeles, 1996

M.Phil, Philosophy, University College London, 1988

M.A., Philosophy, Bedford College London, 1983

B.Mus, Music, Kings College London, 1981

Dissertation

The Relations between Logic and Though (UCLA, 1996; Committee: Tyler Burge (chair), Robert Adams, Kit Fine, Steve Munzer)

Awards

Humanities Center Fellowship, University of Miami, 2011-12

Orovitz Summer Fellowship, University of Miami, 2010

Orovitz Summer Fellowship, University of Miami, 2007

Orovitz Summer Fellowship, University of Miami, 2006

Orovitz Summer Fellowship, University of Miami, 2004

State Faculty Support Grant, Cal Poly, 2001

State Faculty Support Grant, Cal Poly, 1999

John Stuart Mill and Dawes Hicks bursaries, University College London, 1984-7

Publications

Books

Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood (Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback 2011)

Donald Davidson (Stanford University Press, 1991; Japanese translation 1995)

Papers

"Mass Production," in a volume on ordinary objects, edited by Bill Brewer and Javier Cumpa, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press

"Much Ado about Something-from-Nothing: or, Problems for Ontological Minimalism," Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe (eds.), Ontology After Carnap (Oxford University Press, 2016)

"'But Is It Science Fiction?': Science Fiction and a Theory of Genre," Midwest Studies in Philosophy 39 (2015)

"Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism," Journal of the Philosophy of History 8 (2014)

"Ready-Mades: Ontology and Aesthetics," British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (2013)

"Constitution and Composition: Three Approaches to their Relation," ProtoSociology 27 (2011)

"Constitution and Qua Objects in the Ontology of Music," British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (2009)

"Modal Epistemology: Our Knowledge of Necessity and Possibility," Philosophy Compass 3 (2008)

"Kinds and Conscious Experience: Is there Anything it is Like to be Something?" Metaphilosophy 39 (2008)

"Personhood and Future Belief: Two Arguments for Something Like Reflection," Erkenntnis 67 (2007)

"Containing Multitudes: Reflection, Expertise, and Persons as Groups," Episteme 2 (2005)

"Reply to Lynne Baker," Proceedings of Mind and Action III (Lisbon: Colibri, 2005)

"Frege on Truth, Beauty, and Goodness," Manuscrito 26 (2003)

"Epistemic Unities," Erkenntnis 59 (2003)

"Closure and Rational Belief," Paul Weingartner et al (eds.), Knowledge and Belief (Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2003)

"An Epistemic Component to Personal Identity: the Case of Religious Conversion," Christian Kanzian et al (eds.), Persons. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2002)

"The Universality of Logic: On the Connection between Rationality and Logical Ability," Mind 110 (2001)

"Learning from One's Mistakes: Epistemic Modesty and the Nature of Belief," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 82 (2001)

"Believing Conjunctions," Synthese 118 (1999)

"On the Way to Language," Lewis Hahn (ed), The Philosophy of Donald Davidson (Chicago: Open Court, 1999; Portuguese translation in Cadernos de Filosofia (Lisbon) 6 (1999))

Entry on Davidson for Robert Arrington (ed), Companion to the Philosophers (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998)

"Hume, Conjectural History, and the Uniformity of Human Nature," Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (1993)

"Understanding Madness?" Ratio 2 (1989)

"Freuds Ambiguous Concepts," Journal of Speculative Philosophy 3 (1989)

"Innate Principles and Radical Translation," The Locke Newsletter 18 (1987)

Reviews

Dan Korman, Objects: Nothing Out of the Ordinary, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2017)

Robert Stalnaker, Our Knowledge of the Internal World, Analysis (2010)

Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Knowledge and Reality, Mind (2007)

Hans-Joachim Glock, Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality, The Times Literary Supplement (2004)

Peter Forrest, God Without the Supernatural, Faith and Philosophy (1999)

Jennifer Hornsby, Simple Mindedness: In Defense of Naive Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mind, Manuscrito (1998)

Graham Priest, Beyond the Limits of Thought, Manuscrito (1997)

William Child, Causality, Interpretation and the Mind, The Times Literary Supplement (1994)

J.E. Malpas, Donald Davidson and the Mirror of Meaning, The Times Literary Supplement (1994)

Talks and Presentations

“‘But Is It Science Fiction?’: Science Fiction and a Theory of Genre,” Department of Philosophy, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, June 2015

“‘But Is It Science Fiction?’: Science Fiction and a Theory of Genre,” Institute of Philosophy, University of London, June 2015

“Varieties of Hylomorphism,” Department of Philosophy,  Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, May 2014     

“Translation and the Ontology of Languages,” Philosophy of Translation, Translation of Philosophy conference, University of Zurich, February 2014
   
“Varieties of Hylomorphism,” Department of Philosophy, Turku University, Finland, June 2013

“Varieties of Hylomorphism,” Serious Metaphysics Group at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, June 2013

“Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism,” Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, Israel, May 2013

“The Ontology of the Readymade,” Humanities Fellows Symposium, University of Miami, October 2012.

“Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism,” Ben Gurion University of the Negev, May 2012

“What Cannot be Created Ex Nihilo?” keynote speaker at Southeastern Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Florida, March 2012   

“Essentially Contested Concepts and Semantic Externalism,” Florida Philosophical Association Conference, November 2011

"What Cannot be Created Ex Nihilo," University of Haifa, June 2011

"What Cannot be Created Ex Nihilo," Kings College London, June 2011

"Creation Ex Nihilo: Making and Making Out of," Ben Gurion University of the Negev, June 2010

"Creation Ex Nihilo: Making and Making Out of," University College London, June 2010

Participant in round-table discussion on modal epistemology at the UM Graduate Student Epistemology Conference, Miami, January 2010

"The Constitution of Action," Institute of Philosophy London, June 2009

"The Constitution of Action," Bar Ilan University, May 2009

Author Meets Critics session on Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood, APA Pacific Division, Vancouver, April 2009

Author Meets Critics session on Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood, Florida Philosophical Association, Daytona Beach, November 2008

"How are Objects Related to the Events They are Involved in?" University of Haifa, May 2008

"Philosophy of the Mind," Culture in the City, Miami, June 2007

"Personhood and Future Belief," Bar Ilan University, May 2007

Reply to Jaime Phillips, APA Pacific Division, March 2007

Critic in Author Meets Critics session on Kirk Ludwig and Ernest Lepore's Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Knowledge and Reality, Florida Philosophical Association, Tampa, November 2006

Reply to Justin Fisher, APA Pacific Division, March 2006

"Personhood and Future Belief: Two New Arguments for Reflection," Keynote Address, UM Graduate Conference in Epistemology, Miami, January 2006

Reply to Jonathan Adler, AILACT session at APA Easter Division, December 2005

"Is There Something That it is Like?" APA Eastern Division, December 2005

"Persons, Groups and Expertise," 2nd Annual Episteme Conference, Amherst, June 2005

"The Shape of a Life: Epistemic Constraints on Personal Identity," INPC 8th annual conference, Moscow, Idaho, March 2005

Teaching (at UM)

Undergraduate

101 Intro

271 Ancient

330 Ethics

331 Social and Political

341 Language

345 Metaphysics

351 Religion

541 Mind and Language

545 Metaphysics

571 Aristotle

Freshman Seminar: The Nature of Social Reality

Special Topics: Philosophy and Literary Form (jointly with Frank Palmeri, English)

Special Topics: Literature and Political Philosophy 1789-1848 (jointly with Frank Palmeri, English)

Special Topics: What is Literature and What Does it Do? (jointly with Tim Watson, English)

Graduate

Rational Belief

The Limits of Thought

Mereology

Modal Epistemology

Artifacts (jointly with Amie Thomasson)

Hylomorphism

Metaphysics

Pro-Seminar I (2oth century philosophy)

Pro-Seminar II (2oth century philosophy)

Dissertation Committees

Eivind Balsvik (2003)

Dan Cohen (2012, as Chair)

Nicole Colston (MA Communications, 2005)

Hsi-Heng Cheng (2006)

Fredrik Haraldsen (2013)

Nurbay Irmak (2013)

Michael McCracken (2010)

Brian Mondy (2011)

Rina Tzinman (as Chair, 2016)

Kiriake Xerohemona (2004)

Mark Warren (2013)

Wilson Ho (as Chair)

Wei Huang

Amanda McMullen (as Chair)

Robin Neiman

Seong Oh

Service

University

Academic Senate, 2007-10

College Council, 2005-

Various departmental committees

Professional

Reviewer for multiple presses and journals