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Dr. Joel Press


  • B.A.: English Literature, Arizona State University
  • M.A.: Philosophy, Arizona State University
  • Ph.D.: Philosophy, University of Arizona


Dr. Press' primary research interests include the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind.


  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology (origin, nature, methods and limits of human knowledge)
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Medical Ethics
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • 16th- to 18th-century Philosophy
  • Perspectives in Philosophy
  • Honors: Commentaries on Technology


  • The Scientific Use of Representation and Function: Avoiding Explanatory Vacuity Synthese (March 2008, Volume 161, Number 1)
  • Physical Explanations and Biological Explanations, Empirical Laws and A Priori Laws, Biology and Philosophy (June 2009, Volume 24, Number 3)

Research Interests

  • Reductionism and the unity of the sciences

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Socio-Cultural Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Philosophy

Contact Information



Manderino Library 450G


"Being a philosopher lets me simultaneously study just about everything I find interesting: people, life, nature, the cosmos, ethical and aesthetic values and even ‘the meaning of life.' The best part of my job involves investigating humanity's relations to all of these things, and sharing both the results and the process of that investigation with my students."

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