Amie Thomasson

Philosophical Methodology and Meta-Metaphysics Workshop

Philosophical Methodology and Meta-Metaphysics, May 2019

Format: Talk (30-35min ideally, 45 min max), Comments (10min), and then Q+A

Friday, May 10, 2019

10:00 – 11:45  Karen Bennett (Rutgers University)
                       comments from Vera Flocke (New York University)
                       chair: Nadeem Hussain (Stanford University)

1:45-3:30  Gideon Rosen (Princeton University))
                 comments from David Plunkett (Dartmouth College)
                 chair: Nina Emery (Mount Holyoke College)

4:00-5:45  Amie Thomasson (Dartmouth College)
                 comments from Lea Schroeder (Yale University)
                 chair: Michaela McSweeney (Boston University)

Interview with Amie Thomasson

In its Focus on Faculty Q&A series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom, Dartmouth News interviewed Philosophy Professor Amie Thomasson, recently named one of the 50 most influential living philosophers. Thomasson, the Daniel P. Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, specializes in, among other topics, metaphysics and metametaphysics, which poses questions about the methods and goals of metaphysics. She is also the author of “Ontology Made Easy” (2015), “Ordinary Objects” (2007) and “Fiction and Metaphysics” (1999). Dartmouth News spoke with her about the nature of existence, why philosophy still matters, and what famous philosophers from history she’d invite to a dinner party. Read the full interview here.

Amie Thomasson named Stone Professor in Intellectual & Moral Philosophy

Philosophy Professor Amie Thomasson has just been appointed The Daniel P. Stone Professorship in Intellectual and Moral Philosophy. Of her prestigious appointment, Professor Thomasson comments, "I aim to make use of this appointment to help develop my recent work into a book that reconceives of philosophy along these lines: as a tool for evaluating and transforming how we think and speak about the world. This approach also works well in motivating students to care about their work in philosophy. They will need to go on in their lives with some view of what counts as freedom, who counts as a person, what counts as right and wrong, and so on. In the classroom, we work together to think through what's at stake in making these different conceptual choices that shape our lives." Read more in the Dartmouth News Weekly.

Amie Thomasson & Peter Lewis join Philosophy faculty

Among the 35 new teacher-scholars who joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2017-2018 are Professors of Philosophy Amie Thomasson and Peter Lewis. Professor Thomasson, who will be teaching Phil. 1.01, "The Problems of Philosophy," in the Spring 2018 Term, asks in Dartmouth News, "In the age of modern science, what can philosophy still contribute to human knowledge, and to human life? In the view I have been developing, the real contribution we can make in philosophy lies not in discovering facts, but rather in deciding what sort of language and conceptual scheme we should use in interacting with the world and living our lives." Professor Lewis, who will be teaching Phil. 27, "Philosophy of Science," in the Spring 2018 Term, comments, "I work on the interpretation of physical theories, particularly quantum mechanics. Is quantum mechanics intended to describe the physical world?

Amie Thomasson wins APA Sanders Book Prize

Congratulations to Professor Amie Thomasson, who has just been awarded the American Philosophical Association's 2017 Sanders Book Prize for her book, Ontology Made Easy (Oxford University Press). The Sanders Book Prize is awarded to the best book in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition published in English in the previous five-year period. This prize is funded through the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation. Read more here.