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William Blattner is Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. His research interests include early Heidegger and the American pragmatists, especially John Dewey. He is the author ofHeidegger’s Temporal Idealism (Cambridge, 1999) and Being and Time: A Reader’s Guide (Continuum, 2006).

Steven Crowell is Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, and Professor of German Studies at Rice University. His main field of interest is twentieth century European philosophy, especially phenomenology (the philosophy of Edmund Husserl) and its development in Heidegger, existentialism (Sartre, Merelau-Ponty, Levinas), hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur) and post-structuralism (Derrida, Lyotard). He is the author of Husserl, Heidegger, and the Space of Meaning: Paths toward Transcendental Phenomenology (Northwestern, 2001) and coeditor (with Jeff Malpas) of the volume Transcendental Heidegger (Stanford, 2007).

Hubert Dreyfus is Edward A. Dickinson Emeriti Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. His major interests are phenomenology, existentialism, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of literature, and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence. His major publications include Being-in-the-World (MIT, 1990), What Computers Still Can’t Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason (MIT, 1992), and Thinking in Action: On the Internet (Routledge, 2008).

Rebecca Kukla is Professor of Philosophy and Internal Medicine, cross-appointed between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Medicine, at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include philosophical and cultural studies of science and medicine, public health ethics, eighteenth century philosophy, theories of knowledge and perception, and feminist philosophy. Her books include Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers’ Bodies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) and (with Mark Lance) ‘Yo! and ‘Lo!’: The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons (Harvard, 2008). She also edited Aesthetics and Cognition in Kant’s Critical Philosophy (Cambridge, 2006).

Mark Lance is currently a Professor at Georgetown University in both the philosophy department and the Program on Justice and Peace. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He works mostly in the areas of philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophical logic, and metaphysics, but writes as well on pragmatism, feminism, meta-ethics, the foundations of mathematics, anarchist theory and applied issues of social justice activism. He is co-author (with Rebecca Kukla) of ‘Yo!’ and ‘Lo!’: The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons (Harvard, 2008) and (with John O’Leary-Hawthorne) The Grammar of Meaning (Cambridge, 1997).

Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy. He trained in Philosophy at Cambridge University and The Rockefeller University where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. He works primarily on philosophical conceptions of the human psyche from Socrates to the present. He also trained as a psychoanalyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. His books include: Aristotle: the desire to understand (Cambridge, 1988); Love and its place in nature: a philosophical interpretation of Freudian psychoanalysis (Yale, 1990), Open minded: working out the logic of the soul (Harvard, 1998), Happiness, death and the remainder of life (Harvard, 2000), Therapeutic action: an earnest plea for irony (Other Press, 2003), Freud (Routledge, 2005), and Radical Hope (Harvard, 2006).

John McDowell is University Professor of Philosophy at Pittsburgh University. His major interests are Greek philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology, and ethics. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His publications include Mind and World (Harvard, 1996), Mind, Value, and Reality (Harvard, 2001), Meaning, Knowledge, and Reality (Harvard, 2001), The Engaged Intellect: Philosophical Essays (Harvard, 2009), and Having the World in View: Essays on Kant, Hegel, and Sellars (Harvard, 2009).

Joseph Rouse is Hedding Professor of Moral Science, Chair of the Science in Society Program, Professor in the Philosophy Department, and in the Environmental Studies and Science in Society programs at Wesleyan University. Professor Rouse specializes in the philosophy of science, the history of 20th C. philosophy, and interdisciplinary science studies. His primary foci within these areas include the philosophy of scientific practice; naturalism and anti-naturalism in 20th Century philosophy; connections between “analytic” and “continental” philosophy; relations between philosophy of science and philosophy of mind/language and metaphysics; cultural studies of science and feminist science studies. His publications include How Scientific Practices Matter: Reclaiming Philosophical Naturalism (University of Chicago, 2002) and Engaging Science: How to Understand Its Practices Philosophically (Cornell University Press, 1996).

Brian Cantwell Smith is Dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at University of Toronto, Professor in the departments of Philosophy and Computer Science, and Canada Research Chair in the Foundations of Information. His research concerns the conceptual foundations of computation, information, and cognitive science, the use of computational metaphors in such fields as biology, physics, and art, and, increasingly, broader metaphysical questions intersecting with these fields. He is the author of On the Origin of Objects (MIT, 1996), and, beginning this year, will publish a multi-volume study of the foundations of computing entitled The Age of Significance through MIT Press and online at

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