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). Presently I am completing two book projects, links to abstract directly below, which many of my recent papers have been working towards. I am also now firmly embarked on a third long term project focussed on the foundations of neuroscience and its implications for human nature.
In the Spring semester of 2015, I will be 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. (Happily, I will still be teaching one graduate course at NIU during the semester.)

(During 2013-2014, I was a Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study working on my new project focussed on the foundations of neurscience and human nature (or "what we are" as philosophers now put it). 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 Aizawa on our co-written monograph about scientific composition, explanation and methodology.)
(forthcoming from Cambridge University Press)
The Parts of Science: Scientific Composition and Compositional Explanation
(co-authored with Ken Aizawa and under contract with Blackwell)
Papers Grouped Thematically I have some thematic groups of papers. (These are final drafts).