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Brandon Beasley

Pronouns: he/him


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Educational Background

Visiting Scholar University of Pittsburgh, 2018

MA Philosophy, Dalhousie University, 2010

BA (Honours, First Class) Philosophy, University of Calgary, 2009


I work on pragmatist approaches to intentionality, meaning, and normativity, animated by the question of the place of mind and agency in the natural world. My dissertation argues that such a pragmatist view must avoid a problem which is, roughly, a naturalistic and pragmatist analogue of Descartes' interaction problem, except between 'meaning' and 'habit' instead of between mind-stuff and body-stuff. I also work on Kant and Hegel, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and, in general, the intersections between German Idealism, pragmatism, and analytic philosophy.


Areas of Research

Pragmatism, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Hegel, Normativity and Naturalism, Intentionality, Meaning, and Content


Course number Course title Semester
PHIL 399.23 Topics in Philosophy: Artificial Intelligence Spring 2023


  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC. 2015
  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, SSHRC. 2017
  • Graduate Student Essay Award, UCalgary Department of Philosophy. 2020