Who I am

I am a philosopher working at Northern Illinois University where I am a Professor and previously served as the Graduate Adviser for our MA Program. Prior to NIU, I taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, for ten years, after graduating from Rutgers University, where I worked with Jerry Fodor (Adviser), Barry Loewer and Steve Stich. You can get in touch with me at carl.gillettATgmail.com or cgillettATniu.edu.
 
Overall, my research areas are the philosophy of mind/psychology, the philosophy of science, and metaphysics, but I also have interests in the philosophy of neuroscience and philosophy of religion. I have published in all of these areas in a variety of journals including Analysis, The Journal of Philosophy, Faith and Philosophy and Nous, amongst others. (You can find a link to a recent CV below). I have two large scale research projects I continue to pursue, I outline them separately below though they are deeply intertwined.

Compositional Explanation, Reduction, Emergence and the Structure of Nature
Recently, I completed a long term project on reduction and emergence in nature (CUP, 2016). And I am completing a connected, co-written, monograph on compositional explanation, and composition, in the sciences. Below there are links to abstracts to these two books which many of my recent papers have been working towards. (In the summer of 2014, along with my co-writer Ken Aizawa, I was a Visiting Fellow of the Explanatory Power project at Essen-Duisberg University, Germany. In Essen, I worked with Ken on our co-written monograph about scientific composition, explanation and methodology.)
 
(2016, Cambridge University Press)
 
The Parts of Science: Scientific Composition and Compositional Explanation
(In progress, co-authored with Ken Aizawa and under contract with Blackwell)
  
Recently, Ken and I also edited an anthology seeking to draw into contact the various philosophers writing, in a variety of traditions and areas of philosophy, on "vertical" relations and the explanations they back:

Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Ground
(2016, co-edited with Ken Aizawa, Palgrave MacMillan)

The Neuroscience Revolution, What You Are and Human Nature
I am also now firmly embarked on another long term project focussed on the foundations of neuroscience and its implications for human nature. In the Spring semester of 2015, I was a fellow of the Durham Emergence Project working on emergence in cognitive neuroscience bringing together my earlier work on emergence/reduction in the sciences with my new project focused on the foundations of neuroscience and human nature. This new work on the neuroscience revolution, and its implications, was jump-started during 2013-2014 when I was lucky to be a Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study. At NDIAS, I worked on my new project focussed on the foundations of neurscience and human nature (or "what we are" as philosophers now put it). My CV lists a number of published papers that have resulted from this work, though I have a substantial body of research from presentations, and classes, that I intend to publish in the next couple of years.


Papers Grouped Thematically I have some thematic groups of papers. (These are final drafts).