Kevin Morris
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I am a philosopher at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before coming to Tulane, I taught for a year at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.

In  addition to philosophy, I enjoy fishing.  I formerly played hockey. Now I do softball and yoga. I also "acted" in a short film. I have acquired three happy and friendly cats.

I can be reached at kevin.michael.morris AT gmail.com.
 
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I received my PhD from Brown University in 2011. Much of my research has focused on the metaphysics of materialism or  "physicalism". My dissertation addressed two issues that arise in this context: (1) the  debate over a priori versus a posteriori physicalism, and (2) the concept of physical realization. My conclusions, which I continue to endorse, were that (1a) there are no compelling reasons to endorse a priori physicalism and (2a) there is no concept of realization that is suitable for characterizing a position that is both physicalist and nonreductive. In addition to the aforementioned issues, I have recently been thinking about:
  • The extent to which the concept of supervenience can be used to define physicalism
  • Defenses of nonreductive physicalism and responses to the causal exclusion problem
  • Language and reality
  • Relations and monism
  • Topics in the history of analytic philosophy
In Summer 2013 I participated in the excellent NEH Metaphysics and Mind seminar at Washington University in St. Louis, MO (here).
 
I am faculty advisor for the Tulane Philosophy Club (here and here)
 
While at Tulane, I've taught seminars in metaphysics and philosophy of language, along with advanced symbolic logic and courses in elementary symbolic logic, philosophy of mind, and analytic philosophy. 

I'm currently teaching a seminar on phenomenalism, panpsychism, and neutral monism, and how these views relate more "mainstream" accounts (physicalisms and dualisms) of the place of mind in the natural world.