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.
During 2013-2014, I will be a Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study. (Though I will still happily teach one graduate class at NIU during the 2014 Spring semester.) At NDIAS, I will be 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 will be a Visiting Fellow of the Explanatory Power project at Essen-Duisberg University, Germany. In Essen, I will be working with Aizawa on our co-written monograph about scientific composition, explanation and methodology.
(forthcoming from Cambridge University Press)
(co-authored with Ken Aizawa and under contract with Blackwell)
Papers Grouped Thematically I have some thematic groups of papers. (These are final drafts).