Kevin Morris
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I am an assistant professor of philosophy at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. I previously taught for one year at Northern Arizona University. In  addition to philosophy, I enjoy fishing. I formerly played hockey. I have befriended three of the happiest cats. I live with my wonderful partner Stephanie.

I can be reached at kevin.michael.morris AT gmail.com.

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I received my BA in Philosophy from The College of NJ in 2003 and my PhD in Philosophy from Brown University in 2011. Much of my research has focused on the metaphysics of materialism ("physicalism"). My dissertation addressed two issues in this area: (1) the  debate over a priori versus a posteriori physicalism, and (2) the concept of physical realization. My conclusions, which I still believe to be correct, were that (a) there are no compelling reasons to endorse a priori physicalism and (a) no concept of realization has been developed that is suitable for characterizing a position that is both physicalist and nonreductive. 

My current research and writing is focused on topics such as the following:
  • Supervenience and physicalism
  • Nonreductive physicalism and the causal exclusion problem
  • Realization and multiple realization
  • Phenomenalism, panpsychism, and neutral monism
  • Language and reality
  • Relations, monism, and unity
  • The history of analytic philosophy and its relevance to contemporary philosophical disputes
I was faculty advisor for the Tulane Philosophy Club (here) from 2012-2016.
 
While at Tulane, I've taught advanced logic and courses in elementary symbolic logic, philosophy of mind, and early analytic philosophy. 

My seminar topics have included: causation and properties; physicalism; language and reality; dependence and relations; phenomenalism, panpsychism, and neutral monism; realization, multiple realization, and emergence; consciousness and fundamentality.

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