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Assoc Prof at Philosophy & Humanities
The Univeristy of Iowa
PhD
Philosophy
The University of Iowa
MA
Philosophy
The University of Texas at Arlington
BA
Philosophy
Discusses "Preserved self-awareness following extensive bilateral brain damage", Philippi C, Feinstein JS, Khalsa SS, Damasio A, Tranel D, Landini G, Williford K, Rudrauf D, PLoS ONE, Vol. 7, Issue 8
Discusses "Preserved self-awareness following extensive bilateral brain damage", Philippi C, Feinstein JS, Khalsa SS, Damasio A, Tranel D, Landini G, Williford K, Rudrauf D, PLoS ONE, Vol. 7, Issue 8
Discusses "Preserved self-awareness following extensive bilateral brain damage", Philippi C, Feinstein JS, Khalsa SS, Damasio A, Tranel D, Landini G, Williford K, Rudrauf D, PLoS ONE, Vol. 7, Issue 8
Research and Scholarly Interests
Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Phenomenology, History of Modern Philosophy
"Degrees of Self-Presence:  Rehabilitating Sartre’s Accounts of Pre-Reflective Self-Consciousness and Reflection" in Pre-Reflective Consciousness: Early Sartre in the Context of Contemporary Philosophy of Mind, Sofia Miguens Travis, Clara Morando Bravo, and Gerhard Preyer (Eds.), Routledge Press, forthcoming 
Book Chapter
In-press
2015
"Representationalisms, Subjective Character, and Self-Acquaintance" in Open MIND, Thomas Metzinger & Jennifer Windt (Eds.), Frankfurt am Main, MIND Group, 2015
Book Chapter
Published
2013
Ruth Millikan and her Critics, edited by Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury, and Kenneth Williford, Wiley-Blackwell Press
Book
Published
2013
"Self-Consciousness" with David Rudrauf and Carissa Philippi for The Encyclopedia of the Mind, Hal Pashler ed., Sage Publications
Encyclopedia Entry
Published
2013
"Husserl's Hyletic Data and Phenomenal Consciousness" Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 12, pp. 501-519.
Journal Article
Published
2012
"Preserved self-awareness following extensive bilateral brain damage", Philippi C, Feinstein JS, Khalsa SS, Damasio A, Tranel D, Landini G, Williford K, Rudrauf D, PLoS ONE, Vol. 7, Issue 8, http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0038413 
Journal Article
Published
2012
The Imagination by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated, introduced and edited by Kenneth Williford and David Rudrauf, Routledge Press.
Book
Published
2012
  "The Paradoxes of Subjectivity and the Projective Structure of Consciousness" with David Rudrauf and Gregory Landini in Consciousness and Subjectivity, Sofia Miguens and Gerhard Preyer (eds.), Ontos Publisher, Heusenstamm b. Frankfurt a. M., pp. 321-353 
Book Chapter
Published
2011
"Pre-Reflective Self-Consciousness and the Autobiographical Ego." In Reading Sartre: On Phenomenology and Existentialism, edited by Jonathan Webber, 195-210. Routledge, 2011.
Book Chapter
Published
2011
“Auto-representacionalismo y los problemas de la subjetividad”. In Cuadernos de Epistemología, número 5. Reflexiones en torno a la filosofía de la ciencia y la epistemología, J. Aguirre y L. Jaramillo (eds.). Popayán: Universidad del Cauca, 2011, pp. 39-51.  (Translation of "Self-Representationalism and the Problems of Subjectivity")    
Book Chapter
Published
2011
Review of Douglas Hofstadter's I am a Strange Loop, Philosophical Psychology 24 (6):861-865
Book Review
Published
2009
Williford, Kenneth and Roomet Jakapi. "Berkeley's Theory of Meaning in Alciphron VII." The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17, no 1 (2009): 99-118.
Journal Article
Published
2009
"Self-Representational Theories of Consciousness." The Oxford Companion to Consciousness, edited by Patrick Wilken, Tim Bayne, and Axel Cleeremans, 583-585. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Encyclopedia Entry
Published
2007
"The Logic of Phenomenal Transparency." Soochow Journal of Philosophical Studies 16 (2007): 181-195.
Journal Article
Published
2006
Self-Representational Approaches to Consciousness, co-edited with Uriah Kriegel, The MIT Press, 2006
Book
Published
2006
"The Self-Representational Structure of Consciousness." Self-Representational Approaches to Consciousness, edited by Uriah Kriegel and Kenneth Williford, 111-142. The MIT Press, 2006.
Book Chapter
Published
2005
"The Intentionality of Consciousness and Consciousness of Intentionality." Intentionality: Past and Future, edited by Gabor Forrai and Gyorgy Kampis, 143-156. Rodopi, 2005.
Book Chapter
Published
2004
"Moore, the Diaphanousness of Consciousness, and Physicalism." Metaphysica 5, no 2 (2004): 133-153.
Journal Article
Published
2003
"Demea’s a priori Theistic Proof." Hume Studies 29, no 1 (2003): 99-123.
Journal Article
Published
2003
"Berkeley’s Theory of Operative Language in the Manuscript Introduction." The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11, no 2 (2003): 271-301.
Journal Article
Published
Summer 2015
PHIL 2300 - INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Monday2:00PM3:30PM
Tuesday2:00PM3:30PM
Wednesday2:00PM3:30PM
This course provides an interactive approach to the study of philosophy. Not only will students learn about important philosophical figures, movements, and methodology but they will be encouraged to identify their own philosophical positions and consider how these positions relate to those of the philosophers we’ve studied. Students are also encouraged to consider how particular philosophical issues have been important in their own lives and to discuss philosophical problems with friends and family outside of class.  Representative topics covered in this course include epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Discussion of these topics will give rise to such questions as ‘What do I really know?’, ‘Am I free?’; ‘Am I morally responsible for what I do?’ ‘Is there an afterlife?’ ‘How should I treat others?’ and ‘What should I do with my life?’  At the end of the course, students will be able to explain key philosophical concepts and the positions of major figures and will demonstrate skill in philosophical argumentation. Finally, students will have awareness of their own philosophical positions and the evaluative skills needed for building and improving upon their overall worldview in the future.  This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy & Culture.
Last Updated on June 6, 2015, 7:44 pm
Spring 2015
PHIL 3321 - PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday2:00PM3:30PM
Wednesday2:00PM3:30PM
This course is a high-level introduction to the themes and theories of analytical philosophy of language.  We will cover theories of reference, theories of meaning, and theories of truth.  We will cover the tripartite distinction between semantics, syntax, and pragmatics from a philosophical point of view.  We will discuss general theories about the nature of language and linguistic representation.  We will discuss the complicated relationship between linguistic meaning and psychological meaning.  We will discuss the complicated relationship between logical forms and grammatical forms.  We will discuss the role of the philosophy of language in the history of analytical philosophy, its relation to linguistics, psychology and neuroscience, and its relation to the philosophy of mind and to phenomenology.  Among the philosophers, linguists, and logicians whose work we will read or discuss are Bertrand Russell, Gottlob Frege, Edmund Husserl, Ludwig Wittgenstein, W.V.O. Quine, Alfred Tarski, Rudolf Carnap, J.L. Austin, Paul Grice, Donald Davidson, Hilary Putnam, Saul Kripke, David Lewis, and Noam Chomsky.
Last Updated on December 22, 2014, 4:17 pm
Fall 2014
PHIL 4388 - Topics in the History of Philosophy: History and Philosophy of Neuroscience
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Monday2:00PM3:30PM
Wednesday2:00PM3:30PM
Cross listed with PHIL 5392-002, PSYC 4361-001, HIST 4388-010 This course is an advanced introduction to the history and philosophy of neuroscience.  In (roughly) the first half of the course will cover the historical development of the brain sciences (including functional neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurology, neuropsychology, and neuropharmacology) from antiquity to the present, with special attention to the philosophical and cultural ideas that sometimes helped and sometimes hindered scientific progress, and with occasional attention to more recent, related developments in these sciences as well as to relevant perennial philosophical issues.  In (roughly) the second half of the course we will focus on the impact neuroscience (and especially neuropharmacology) is currently having on our self-conception, and on the relation of the brain sciences to long-standing philosophical issues (including the nature of moral judgment, the nature of the emotions, the nature of the self and personal identity, the nature of consciousness and subjectivity, the nature of happiness, and even the “meaning of life”).  We will conclude by considering one neurobiological theory of consciousness (and self) in some detail (Antonio Damasio’s) and by reflecting on the ethical issues that may arise from future (possibly utopian or dystopian) technologies that could enable us to modify mood, enhance cognition, control minds, and create different types of conscious mental states as we see fit.      
Last Updated on August 21, 2014, 12:03 am
Spring 2014
PHIL 3317 - Intermediate Logic
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday2:00PM3:30PM
Wednesday2:00PM3:30PM
In this course we cover some of the basic metatheorems of Propositional and First-Order Predicate Logic, the rudiments of Axiomatic Set Theory, First-Order Theories with Identity, Second-Order Logic, and Modal Propositional Logic.  The emphasis will be on the philosophical uses and significance of Logic and the place of Logic in the history of Mathematics and Computer Science. We will also informally discuss Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, Multivalued Logics, the paradoxes of Self-Reference and Naïve Set Theory, the nature of mathematical proof and axiomatization, and the relation of Logic to the problems of Artificial Intelligence, the Philosophy of Mind, and the Philosophy of Mathematics.
Last Updated on January 12, 2014, 2:28 pm
Fall 2013
PHIL 2314 - Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:30PM4:00PM
Thursday2:30PM4:00PM
In this course we cover topics and episodes in the history of science and mathematics from a philosophical point of view. We consider the role of philosophical, religious, and other cultural factors in the development of and reactions to the findings of the natural and mathematical sciences.   Ideally, students will come to understand that science has a fascinating history, is underpinned by deep philosophical presuppositions about the nature of knowledge and the nature of reality, and depends upon special social and cultural factors for its continued growth and revision.  The pedagogical usefulness of historical and philosophical material in the teaching of science and mathematics will be emphasized.  The successful student will acquire the ability to skillfully incorporate material from the history, philosophy, and sociology of science into the teaching of science and will also acquire a nuanced understanding of the social and cultural forces that have shaped the history of science and mathematics and continue to affect the development of the sciences today.  
Last Updated on August 22, 2013, 12:45 am
Summer 2013
PHIL 4388 - Topics in the History of Philosophy: Buddhist Philosophy
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday2:00PM3:30PM
Wednesday2:00PM3:30PM
This course is an advanced introduction to the Buddhist philosophical tradition. We will begin by covering the core doctrines of Buddhism and an outline of the history of Buddhism, from its origins to its major living schools: Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen. The focus of the course will be one the philosophical articulation and defense of the central Buddhist tenets: the no-self doctrine, the ubiquity of suffering, impermanence, dependent origination, altruistic ethics, methods for bringing about the cessation of suffering, the role of meditation, the distinction between conventional and absolute reality, and consciousness and self-consciousness. Throughout, we will relate the discussion to contemporary Western philosophical perspectives.
Last Updated on August 2, 2013, 3:18 pm
Spring 2013
PHIL 4389 - TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: THEORIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
This course is an advanced introduction to philosophical, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches to the study of consciousness. Questions to be explored include: What is the relationship between consciousness and the brain? What can we know about consciousness on the basis of introspection? How do we explain the prevalence of dualistic intuitions about consciousness? Can consciousness be explained in a way that is consonant with the contemporary scientific worldview? What should a scientific theory of consciousness look like? What do actual contemporary neuroscientific theories of consciousness propose (e.g., those of Damasio, Edelman, Koch, and Tononi)? What are “altered states” of consciousness and what can we learn about consciousness from them (e.g., dreams, hallucinations, delirium)? What is the relationship between consciousness and perception, consciousness and conceptual thought, and consciousness and unconscious mental processes? Are non-human animals conscious? What is the relationship between consciousness, self-consciousness, and subjectivity? What is the relationship between consciousness and the representation of the body, space, and time? What is the function of consciousness? Does consciousness have causal powers of its own, or is it just an epiphenomenon? What is the relationship between consciousness and free will?
Last Updated on August 9, 2013, 12:26 pm