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Department of Philosophy


Why Philosophy? Athena Teaching Student

Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.


Robert M. Francescotti
Syracuse University
Undergraduate Advisor



Physicalism and the Mind (New York: Springer, 2014).

Companion to Intrinsic Properties, ed. Robert Francescotti (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Intrinsic/Extrinsic: The Relational Approach Defended,” in Companion to Intrinsic Properties, ed. Robert. Francescotti, (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014),175-198.

“The Problem of Animal Pain and Suffering,” in The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil, J. McBrayer and D. Howard-Snyder (eds.), October 2013.

“The Problem of Extras and the Contingency of Physicalism,” Philosophical Explorations, forthcoming in print; published online: 13 May 2013.

“Understanding the Intrinsic/Extrinsic Distinction” (a review of Vera Hoffmann-Kolss, The Metaphysics of Extrinsic Properties, Onto-Verlag 2010). Metascience 21(1), 2012.

"Supervenience and Mind," in Fieser and Dowden (eds.) The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, July 2011.

"Realization and Physicalism," Philosophical Psychology, vol. 23, October 2010

"Psychological Continuity and the Necessity of Identity," American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 47, October 2010.

"Psychological Continuity, Fission, and the Non-Branching Constraint," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2008) 89: 21-31.

"Endurance and Discernibility," Metaphysica, vol. 9, 2008.

"Emergence," Erkenntnis, vol. 67, 2007.

"Animal Mind and Animals Ethics: An Introduction," The Journal of
," vol. 11, 2007.

"Constitution and the Necessity of Identity,"Logique et Analyse, vol. 48, 2005.

Fetuses, Corpses, and the Psychological Approach to Personal Identity,"
Philosophical Explorations, vol. 8, 2005.

"Embodied Personalities and Personalities Embodied," Proceedings of the Hawaii Conference on the Arts and Humanities, vol. 3, 2005.

"Statues and Their Constituents: Whether Constitution is Identity," Metaphysica, vol. 4, 2003.

"Foundations of a Theory of Hate Speech" (with Angelo Corlett), The Wayne Law Review, vol. 48, 2002.

"Understanding Physical Realization (and What it Does Not Entail)," Journal of Mind and Behavior, vol. 23, 2002.

"Whether Mentality is "Higher-Level"," Philosophical Inquiry, vol. 24, 2002.

"Property Dualism without Substance Dualism?" Philosophical Papers, vol. 30, 2001.

"Ontological Physicalism and Property Pluralism: Why They are Incompatible," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 81, 2000.

"Introspection and Qualia: A Defense of Infallibility," Communication and Cognition, vol. 33, 2000.

"Mere Cambridge Properties," American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 36, 1999.

"How to Define Intrinsic Properties," Nous, vol. 33, 1999.

"Defining 'Physicalism'," The Journal of Mind and Behavior, vol. 19, 1998.

"The Non-Reductionist's Troubles with Supervenience," Philosophical Studies, vol. 89, 1998.

"What Multiple Realizability Does Not Show," The Journal of Mind and Behavior, vol. 18, 1997.

"EVEN: The Conventional Implicature Approach Reconsidered," Linguistics and Philosophy 18, 1995.

"Higher-Order Thoughts and Conscious Experience," Philosophical Psychology 8, 1995.

Review of Jaegwon Kim, Supervenience and Mind, Philosophical Psychology 8, 1995.

"Qualitative Beliefs, Wide Content, and Wide Behavior," Nous 28, 1994.

"Subjective Experience and Points of View," Journal of Philosophical Research 18, 1992.

"Externalism and Marr's Theory of Vision," The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 42, 1991.


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