Research and personal page
I am a philosopher at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In addition to philosophy, I enjoy fishing. I formerly played hockey. Now I do softball and yoga. I have acquired three happy cats.
I can be reached at kevin.michael.morris AT gmail.com.
My philpapers page.
My faculty page at Tulane.
I received my PhD from Brown in 2011. Much of my research has focused on the metaphysics of materialism or "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 continue to endorse, were that (1a) there are no compelling reasons to endorse a priori physicalism and (2a) no concept of realization has been developed that is suitable for characterizing a position that is both physicalist and nonreductive. I have recently been thinking about:
In Summer 2013 I participated in the NEH Metaphysics and Mind seminar (here).
I am faculty advisor for the Tulane Philosophy Club (here)
While at Tulane, I've taught advanced symbolic logic and courses in elementary symbolic logic, philosophy of mind, and analytic philosophy. My seminar topics have included: causation and properties; physicalism; language and reality; dependence and relations; phenomenalism, panpsychism, and neutral monism.