about the director
Edouard Machery is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (University of Pittsburgh-Carnegie Mellon University), and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He has been the Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh since 2016.
His research focuses on the philosophical issues raised by psychology and cognitive neuroscience with a special interest in concepts, moral psychology, the relevance of evolutionary biology for understanding cognition, modularity, the nature, origins, and ethical significance of prejudiced cognition, the foundation of statistics, and the methods of psychology and cognitive neuroscience. He is also involved in the development of experimental philosophy, having published several noted articles in this field. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters on these topics in philosophical and scientific journals.
He is the author of Doing without Concepts (OUP, 2009) and of Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds (In Press, OUP) as well as the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality (OUP, 2012), La Philosophie Expérimentale (Vuibert, 2012), Arguing about Human Nature (Routledge, 2013), and Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy (Routledge, 2014). He has been an associate editor of The European Journal for Philosophy of Science from 2009 to 2013, and he has been the editor of the Naturalistic Philosophy section of Philosophy Compass since 2012. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award by the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 and the Stanton Prize by the Society for Philosophy and Psychology in 2013; he has been a Senior Fellow of the Korea Institute for Advanced Study in 2013, the Clark Way Harrison Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015, and the Scots Philosophical Association Centenary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 2016. He is a Regular Visiting Distinguished Professorship at Eidyn (Edinburgh) and he has also been recently elected on the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association (2017-2020).