Jacob Beck

Department of Philosophy

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S439
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 22582
Emailjbeck@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/jbeck/


Area of Specialization

Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Degrees

Ph.D. Philosophy, Harvard University
B.A. Philosophy & Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania
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Research Interests

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Selected Publications

"Attention and Mental Primer" (with Keith Schneider). Mind & Language, forthcoming

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Cognition, 158, 2017, 110–121

“Analogue Magnitude Representations: A Philosophical Introduction.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66, 2015, pp. 829–855.

“Analogue Magnitudes, the Generality Constraint, and Nonconceptual Thought.” Mind, 123, 2014, pp. 1155–1165

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Philosophical Psychology, 26, 2013, pp. 520-546

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Mind, 121, 2012, pp. 563-600

Selected Publications

"Attention and Mental Primer" (with Keith Schneider). Mind & Language, forthcoming

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Cognition, 158, 2017, 110–121

“Analogue Magnitude Representations: A Philosophical Introduction.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66, 2015, pp. 829–855.

“Analogue Magnitudes, the Generality Constraint, and Nonconceptual Thought.” Mind, 123, 2014, pp. 1155–1165

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Philosophical Psychology, 26, 2013, pp. 520-546

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Mind, 121, 2012, pp. 563-600

All Publications

Journal Articles

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Cognition, 158, 2017, 110–121

“Analogue Magnitude Representations: A Philosophical Introduction.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66, 2015, pp. 829–855.

“Analogue Magnitudes, the Generality Constraint, and Nonconceptual Thought.” Mind, 123, 2014, pp. 1155–1165

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Philosophical Psychology, 26, 2013, pp. 520-546

“Atomism about Concepts.” Encyclopedia of the Mind, SAGE Reference, 2013 (1000 words)

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Protosociology, 30: Concepts: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives), 2013, pp. 29–48.

"The Only Good Reason to Ban Steroids in Baseball: To Prevent an Arms Race. The Atlantic, June 17, 2013

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Mind, 121, 2012, pp. 563-600

“Do Animals Engage in Conceptual Thought?” Philosophy Compass, 7, 2012, pp. 218-229

"Attention and Mental Primer" (with Keith Schneider). Mind & Language, forthcoming

Conference Papers

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Bard College, April 2013. University of Missouri at Saint Louis, April 2012. York University, January 2011.

"Analog Magnitudes: A Philosophical Introduction." Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, February 2013.

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, May 2013. Queen’s University, Kingston, November 2012.

“Marking the Perception–Cognition Boundary.” 9th International Symposium: Perception and Concepts, University of Latvia, Riga, May 2013. Department of Philosophy, Carleton University, Ottawa, March 2013.

“Comments on ‘God Knows (But Does God Believe?).’” Pacific APA, March 2012

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, October 2011. Concepts and Perception Workshop, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, December 2012.

“An Empirical Objection to Concept Atomism.” Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Montreal, July 2011

“Comments on Cameron Buckner’s ‘Reforming the Distinction between Cognition and Mere Association.’” Pacific APA, April 2011

“The Problem of Animal Minds.” Texas Tech, November 2010

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Texas Tech, November 2010; Washington University in Saint Louis, September 2010

“Analog Magnitudes: A Case Study in Nonconceptual Thought.” Texas Tech, February 2010

“The Roots of War: Evolutionary and Cognitive Origins of Human Warmongering.” Philosophical Perspectives on Peace III, Boazici University, Istanbul, June 2009

“Simulation or Theory? Comments on William M. Ramsey’s ‘How Not to Build a Hybrid.’” Pacific APA, April 2009

“The Mixed View of Concepts: A Defense.” Central APA, February 2009

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/PHIL4080 3.0  Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind SEMR  

Area of Specialization

Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Degrees

Ph.D. Philosophy, Harvard University
B.A. Philosophy & Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania
,

Research Interests:

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science

All Publications

Journal Articles

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Cognition, 158, 2017, 110–121

“Analogue Magnitude Representations: A Philosophical Introduction.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66, 2015, pp. 829–855.

“Analogue Magnitudes, the Generality Constraint, and Nonconceptual Thought.” Mind, 123, 2014, pp. 1155–1165

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Philosophical Psychology, 26, 2013, pp. 520-546

“Atomism about Concepts.” Encyclopedia of the Mind, SAGE Reference, 2013 (1000 words)

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Protosociology, 30: Concepts: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives), 2013, pp. 29–48.

"The Only Good Reason to Ban Steroids in Baseball: To Prevent an Arms Race. The Atlantic, June 17, 2013

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Mind, 121, 2012, pp. 563-600

“Do Animals Engage in Conceptual Thought?” Philosophy Compass, 7, 2012, pp. 218-229

"Attention and Mental Primer" (with Keith Schneider). Mind & Language, forthcoming

Conference Papers

“Why We Can’t Say What Animals Think.” Bard College, April 2013. University of Missouri at Saint Louis, April 2012. York University, January 2011.

"Analog Magnitudes: A Philosophical Introduction." Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, February 2013.

"Can Bootstrapping Explain Concept Learning?" Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, May 2013. Queen’s University, Kingston, November 2012.

“Marking the Perception–Cognition Boundary.” 9th International Symposium: Perception and Concepts, University of Latvia, Riga, May 2013. Department of Philosophy, Carleton University, Ottawa, March 2013.

“Comments on ‘God Knows (But Does God Believe?).’” Pacific APA, March 2012

“The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought.” Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, October 2011. Concepts and Perception Workshop, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, December 2012.

“An Empirical Objection to Concept Atomism.” Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Montreal, July 2011

“Comments on Cameron Buckner’s ‘Reforming the Distinction between Cognition and Mere Association.’” Pacific APA, April 2011

“The Problem of Animal Minds.” Texas Tech, November 2010

“Sense, Mentalese, and Ontology.” Texas Tech, November 2010; Washington University in Saint Louis, September 2010

“Analog Magnitudes: A Case Study in Nonconceptual Thought.” Texas Tech, February 2010

“The Roots of War: Evolutionary and Cognitive Origins of Human Warmongering.” Philosophical Perspectives on Peace III, Boazici University, Istanbul, June 2009

“Simulation or Theory? Comments on William M. Ramsey’s ‘How Not to Build a Hybrid.’” Pacific APA, April 2009

“The Mixed View of Concepts: A Defense.” Central APA, February 2009


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/PHIL4080 3.0  Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind SEMR