Michael Beaney
Professor

Profile

Biography

I have been Professor of Philosophy here at York since 2009. I came to York as Reader in Philosophy in 2005. Before that, I worked at the Open University (2000–05), University of Manchester (1998–99), University of Leeds (1992–98), Birkbeck College, London (1990–92) and University of Sheffield (1986–88). I have also held Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships in Germany at the University of Jena (2006–07) and University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (1999–2000), and was Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University in November 2013 and Peking University in the Autumn Semester of 2011. I am also Editor of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and General Editor of a Book Series on History of Analytic Philosophy.

Career

2013 Visiting Professor (November) Beijing Normal University
2011 Visiting Professor (Autumn Semester) Peking University
2009 – Professor of Philosophy University of York
2006 – 2007 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and Visiting Professor University of Jena
2005 – 2009 Reader in Philosophy University of York
2004 – 2005 Senior Lecturer in Philosophy Open University
2000 – 2004 Lecturer in Philosophy Open University
1999 – 2000 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
1998 – 1999 Lecturer in Philosophy University of Manchester
1992 – 1998 Lecturer in Philosophy University of Leeds
1990 – 1992 Lecturer in Philosophy Birkbeck College, London
1989 – 1990 Lecturer in Philosophy (Part-time) University of Birmingham
1988 – 1990 Associate Lecturer in Philosophy Open University, Southern Region
1988 – 1989 College Tutor in Philosophy (Part-time) Manchester College, Oxford
1986 – 1988 Lecturer in Philosophy University of Sheffield
1985 – 1990 DPhil, Philosophy Oxford University
1985 – 1986 Light Senior Scholar St Catherine's College, Oxford
1983 – 1986 College Tutor in Philosophy (Part-time) St Catherine's College, Oxford
1983 – 1985 BPhil, Philosophy Oxford University
1982 – 1983 MA by thesis, Philosophy University of Keele
1978 – 1981 BA (Hons), PPE (Philosophy and Politics) St Catherine's College, Oxford

Departmental roles

Current roles

  • Chair of Department Research Committee 2014–
  • Member of Senior Management Team 2012–
  • History/Philosophy Joint Executive Committee member 2012–
  • Director of Studies and Admissions Tutor for Postgraduate Research Students 2010–
  • Founding Co-Director of CHiPhi 2009–
  • Member of Research Committee 2008–

Previous roles

  • Chair of Graduate Studies Board 2010–11
  • Chair of Board of Examiners for Postgraduate Programmes 2010–11
  • Founding Director of CRICK 2008–13
  • Member of Senior Management Team 2008–10
  • Member of Teaching Committee 2007–10
  • Chair of Board of Studies 2007–10
  • Acting Chair of Board of Studies Summer Term 2006
  • Web Officer 2005–12

University roles

Research

Overview

Research interests

Philosophy of language, logic, mathematics and mind; history of philosophy, especially analytic philosophy, both Western and Chinese; methodology and the foundations of reasoning; conceptions of analysis; creativity; historiography of philosophy; philosophical translation

Current projects

  • History of twentieth-century British philosophy
  • History of Chinese analytic philosophy
  • Conceptions of analysis in the history of philosophy
  • Creativity in mathematics and philosophy
  • Philosophical issues of philosophical translation, especially German–English and English–Chinese
  • Analytic philosophy and historiography

Research group(s)

Grants

 

 PeriodGrant 
July 1999 – June 2000  Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (DM 56,800) 
July 2003 Alexander von Humboldt grant, accommodation, living and research expenses (€2,300) 
March 2005   British Academy (£1,958), Mind Association (£400), Analysis Trust (£340), Maison Française (£210), costs for BSHP conference ‘The Varieties of Analysis’
December 2005 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (£700) 
Oct. 2006 – Dec. 2006 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (€7,350) 
April 2008 Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) grant for participation in Joint Research Programme Matchmaking Event, 19 April, Paris (€500)
April 2009  British Academy/CNRS (France) Joint Project with Marco Panza on ‘Mathematical Analysis and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy’ (£4,048)
October 2009  White Rose Collaboration Fund, to establish a Centre for History of Philosophy (CHiPhi), co-directed with Alix Cohen (Leeds) and Robert Stern (Sheffield) (£15,000) 
December 2010  Mind Association, for CHiPhi inaugural conference on ‘Emotions in the History of Philosophy’, co-organised with Alix Cohen and Robert Stern (£2,000)
June 2014 – December 2015 AHRC: History of Analytic Philosophy International Network (HAPINet) (c. £45,000)

Available PhD research projects

I would be happy to supervise research projects in any area of the history of late nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy, especially concerning the work of Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, R. G. Collingwood, and/or J. L. Austin.

 

I would also be happy to supervise work on philosophical methodology, especially concerning analysis, creativity, and/or historiography.

Supervision

 

 

PeriodRoleStudentTopicAwarded
1993–97 PhD Supervisor Wonbae Choi The Context Principle in Frege's Philosophy June 1997, University of Leeds
1996–97 PhD Advisor David Sarsfield Kant on the Self December 1997, University of Leeds
1997–98 PhD Advisor Sandra Lapointe Analyticity and Logical Analysis: Bolzano and Kant January 2001, University of Leeds
2002–05 PhD Co-supervisor Mark Rowe Aesthetics 2008, Open University 
2002–06 PhD Co-supervisor David Knott Be Reasonable: A Defence and Development of the Argument for Internal Reasons July 2006, Open University 
2002–08 PhD Co-supervisor Lynn Blackadder Ethics Open University
2003–05 MPhil Co-supervisor David Proud The Free Will Problem Open University
2006 (Spring, Summer Terms) PhD Supervisor Michael Wilby How the Folk Make the Mind: Foundations for a Social-Cognitive Approach to the Intentional Mind March 2008, University of York
2009–12 PhD Supervisor Bob Clark Solving the Proper Problem: Wittgenstein, Fictionalism and the Applicability of Mathematics

July 2012, University of York

2013– PhD Supervisor Chen Long Philosophy of Mathematics  

 

PhD Examining

Date Role Student Topic University
Dec. 1997 Internal examiner David Sarsfield Kant and the Self  Leeds
June 2002 External examiner Mark Jennings Frege's Logicism London
July 2002 Internal assessor Nicholas Fox Leibniz's Cosmology Open University
April 2005 External examiner Samantha J. Edwards Naming and Predicating in Propositional Analysis Bristol
Nov. 2006 External examiner Nora Grigore On the Informative Character of Analytic Knowledge: A Study of Frege's Definition of Number Central European University, Budapest
March 2008 Internal examiner Michael Wilby How the Folk Make the Mind: Foundations for a Social-Cognitive Approach to the Intentional Mind York
June 2008 External examiner Christopher Rolliston R. G. Collingwood as a Philosopher of Social Science Cardiff
Dec. 2008 External examiner Olivia Chevalier L'analyse cartésienne en mathématiques et en métaphysique Paris-Nanterre
Dec. 2009 External examiner  George Duke Dummett on Abstract Objects Melbourne
Sept. 2010 External examiner Junichi Kasuga Collingwood and Oxford Realism Cardiff
Sept. 2010 External examiner Daniele Mezzadri Language and Logic in Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Stirling
March 2011 External examiner Andreas Vrahimis Nonsense, Dialogue and Polemics between Analytic and Continental Philosophy London Consortium, Birkbeck College
June 2012 Internal Examiner Wattaneeporn  Kajornprasart The Positions of Berlin's Pluralism York
Nov. 2012 External Examiner Steven J. Methven Nothing to Discuss: Ramsey, Wittgenstein and the Realistic Spirit Cambridge
         

 


 

 

Publications

Selected publications

Books

Selected papers (since 2008)

  • 'Wittgenstein and Frege', in Hans-Johann Glock and John Hyman, eds., A Companion to Wittgenstein, Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell, forthcoming
  • 'Collingwood's Critique of Oxbridge Realism', in David Boucher and Teresa Smith, eds., R. G. Collingwood’s 'An Autobiography', rev. ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 247–69
  • 'What is Analytic Philosophy?', in Michael Beaney, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 3-29
  • 'The Historiography of Analytic Philosophy', in Michael Beaney, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 30-60
  • 'Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy: The Development of the Idea of Rational Reconstruction', in Erich Reck, ed., The Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 231-60
  • 'Logic and Metaphysics in Early Analytic Philosophy', in Leila Haaparanta and Heikki Koskinen, eds., Categories of Being, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 257-92
  • 'Ordinary Language Philosophy', in Delia Graff Fara and Gillian Russell, eds., Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, Routledge, 2012, pp. 873-84
  • 'Frege', in Barry Lee, ed., Key Thinkers: Philosophy of Language, London: Continuum, 2011, ch.1
  • 'Frege, his Logic and his Philosophy: Interview with Michael Beaney (PDF  , 288kb)‌', with Chen Bo and Koji Nakatogawa, World Philosophy, 3 (2010), tr. into Chinese; also publ. in English in Journal of Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2010
  • 'Analysis', in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, first published April 2003, revised May 2009
  • 'The Early Life of Russell's Notion of a Propositional Function', Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, 4 (2008): thebalticyearbook.org/journals/baltic/article/%20view/125/80

Full publications list

Forthcoming

  1. British Philosophy 1900-1980, Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract, forthcoming
  2. 'Frege's Logicism and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis', in A. Arana and C. Alvarez, eds., Analytic Philosophy and the Foundations of Mathematics, Palgrave Macmillan
  3. 'Wittgenstein and Frege', in Hans-Johann Glock and John Hyman, eds., A Companion to Wittgenstein, Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell

2014

  1. 'Gottlob Frege', Oxford Bibliographies, forthcoming Spring 2014
  2. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21st Anniversary Special Volume, ed. with G. A. J. Rogers, London: Routledge
  3. 'Editorial', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 22, no. 1, pp. 1–2

2013

  1. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press
  2. 'What is Analytic Philosophy?', in Michael Beaney, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3–29
  3. 'The Historiography of Analytic Philosophy', in Michael Beaney, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 30–60
  4. 'Chronology of Analytic Philosophy and its Historiography', in Michael Beaney, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 61–140
  5. 'Bibliography of Analytic Philosophy and its Historiography', in Michael Beaney, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 141–224
  6. 'Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy: The Development of the Idea of Rational Reconstruction', in Erich Reck, ed., The Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 231–60
  7. 'Collingwood's Critique of Oxbridge Realism', in David Boucher and Teresa Smith, eds., R. G. Collingwood’s An Autobiography, rev. ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 247–69
  8. 'Editorial', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 21, no. 1, pp. 1–12

2012

  1. 'Logic and Metaphysics in Early Analytic Philosophy', in Leila Haaparanta and Heikki Koskinen, eds., Categories of Being, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 257-92
  2. 'Ordinary Language Philosophy', in Delia Graff Fara and Gillian Russell, eds., Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, Routledge, pp. 873-84
  3. 'Über den Sinn und die Bedeutung der Titel', in Günter Löffladt, ed., Mathematik – Logik – Philosophie. Ideen und ihre historischen Wechselwirkungen, Frankfurt am Main: Harri Deutsch

2011

  1. 'Frege', in Barry Lee, ed., Key Thinkers: Philosophy of Language, London: Continuum
  2. 'Putting analysis rightfully back into analytic philosophy’, Teorema, 30, no. 1, pp. 87-94. ISSN 0210-1602
  3. 'The British Journal for the History of Philosophy', with John Rogers, tr. into Chinese, Chinese Social Sciences Today, 2011.1.4, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, p. 16

2010

  1. 'Frege, his Logic and his Philosophy: Interview with Michael Beaney (PDF  , 288kb)‌', with Chen Bo and Koji Nakatogawa, World Philosophy, 3, pp. 64-82, tr. into Chinese; also publ. in English in Journal of Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2010
  2. 'Frege', in Jon Williamson and Federica Russo, eds., Key Terms in Logic, London: Continuum
  3. 'Frege's Begriffsschrift', in Jon Williamson and Federica Russo, eds., Key Terms in Logic, London: Continuum
  4. 'On Putting Thoughts in Your Own Words: An Answer to the Question: "What is Wrong with Plagiarism?"', Dialectic (York Philosophy Society), 7, pp. 25-9

2009

  1. 'Analysis', in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, revised entry May 2009 [revised version of 2007.7 below]
  2. 'Review of Rosalind Carey, Russell and Wittgenstein on the Nature of Judgement (London: Continuum, 2007)', Mind, 118, No. 470 (April 2009), pp. 453-9. ISSN 0026-4423

2008

  1. 'The Early Life of Russell's Notion of a Propositional Function', Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, 4: thebalticyearbook.org/journals/baltic/article/%20view/125/80
  2. 'Function-Argument Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy', in Peter Bernhard and Volker Peckhaus, eds., Methodisches Denken im Kontext, Paderborn: mentis, pp. 199-213. ISBN 978-3-89785-594-6
  3. 'Review of Bernard Linsky and Guido Imaguire, eds., On Denoting: 1905 – 2005 (München: Philosophia Verlag, 2005)', History and Philosophy of Logic, 29. ISSN 0144-5340
  4. 'Review Essay: Stewart Candlish, The Russell/Bradley Dispute and its Significance for Twentieth-Century Philosophy (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 14, No. 1 (Spring 2008), pp. 115-23. ISSN 1744-9413

2007

  1. The Analytic Turn: Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology, ed., London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-38167-3 (hardback), 978-0-203-93970-3 (e-book)
  2. 'The Analytic Turn in Early Twentieth-Century Philosophy', introduction to Michael Beaney, ed., The Analytic Turn, London: Routledge, pp. 1-30. [See 1 above]
  3. 'Conceptions of Analysis in the Early Analytic and Phenomenological Traditions: Some Comparisons and Relationships' [abridged and revised version of 2002.1 below], in Michael Beaney, ed., The Analytic Turn, London: Routledge, pp. 196-216. [See 1 above]
  4. Explaining the Mental: Naturalist and Non-Naturalist Approaches to Mental Acts and Processes, ed. with Carlo Penco and Massimiliano Vignolo, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 1-84718-297-6; ISBN 13: 9781847182975
  5. 'Introduction', with Carlo Penco and Massimiliano Vignolo, introduction to Carlo Penco, Michael Beaney and Massimiliano Vignolo, eds., Explaining the Mental, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. vi-xxxiv. [See 4 above]
  6. 'Frege's Use of Function-Argument Analysis and his Introduction of Truth-Values as Objects', in Dirk Greimann, ed., Essays on Frege's Conception of Truth, Grazer Philosophische Studien, 75, pp. 93-123
  7.  'Analysis', in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, revised entry August 2007 [revised version of 2003.2 below], 64pp. text + 66pp. quotations + 94pp. bib.
  8.  'Is Analytic Philosophy an Illusion? A Reply to Preston', The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly, Nos. 132-3 (Double Issue, November 2006/February 2007). ISSN 1547-0334
  9.  'Review of Joan Weiner, Frege Explained (Chicago: Open Court, 2004)', Philosophia Mathematica (III), 15, No. 1 (February 2007), pp. 126-8. ISSN 0031-8019
  10.  'Review of Richard L. Mendelsohn, The Philosophy of Gottlob Frege (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 15 (May 2007), pp. 818-22. ISSN 0960-8788

2006

  1. 'Frege and the Role of Historical Elucidation: Methodology and the Foundations of Mathematics', in José Ferreirós and Jeremy Gray, eds., The Architecture of Modern Mathematics: Essays in History and Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 49-71
  2. 'Soames on Philosophical Analysis' (Critical Notice of Scott Soames, Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century), Philosophical Books, 47 (July 2006), pp. 255-71. ISSN 0031-8051
  3. 'Wittgenstein on Language: From Simples to Samples', in Ernest Lepore and Barry Smith, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 40-59
  4. 'Appreciating the Varieties of Analysis: a Reply to Ongley', The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly, Nos. 128-9 (Double Issue, November 2005/February 2006), pp. 42-9. ISSN 1547-0334
  5. 'Rex Martin's Reading of Collingwood's Essay on Metaphysics', Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 12, No. 1 (Spring 2006), pp. 83-102. ISSN 1744-9413
  6. 'Naturalism and Mathematical Platonism', Erwägen Wissen Ethik, 17, no.3 (December 2006), pp. 55-6
  7. 'Frege and the Paradox of Analysis' [shortened version of 2005(13) below], Anales de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Buenos Aires, 39, Buenos Aires: Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Buenos Aires
  8. 'Analytic Philosophy', in Keith Brown, ed., Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., Oxford: Elsevier, 2006, Vol. 1, pp. 203-6. ISBN 0-08-044299-4
  9. 'Verificationism', in Keith Brown, ed., Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., Oxford: Elsevier, 2006, Vol. 13, pp. 411-14. ISBN 0-08-044299-4
  10. 'Analytic Philosophy', in Anthony Grayling, Andrew Pyle and Naomi Goulder, eds., The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, London: Continuum/Thoemmes, 2006, pp. 85-92. ISBN 1-84371-141-9
  11. 'Review of Tyler Burge, Truth, Thought, Reason (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)', Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2006.07.13 (July 2006), 6pp.

2005

  1. Imagination and Creativity, Open University, 2005, x + 301 pp. ISBN 0-7492-9644-5. (Book 4 of the OU Course AA308: Thought and Experience: Themes in the Philosophy of Mind)
  2. Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. I: Frege's Philosophy in Context, ed. with Erich H. Reck, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 424 + xxvi. ISBN 0-415-30602-7. (Four volume set: ISBN 0-415-30601-9)
  3. Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. II: Frege's Philosophy of Logic, ed. with Erich H. Reck, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 417 + viii. ISBN 0-415-30603-5
  4. Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. III: Frege's Philosophy of Mathematics, ed. with Erich H. Reck, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 407 + viii. ISBN 0-415-30604-3
  5. Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. IV: Frege's Philosophy of Thought and Language, ed. with Erich H. Reck, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 413 + viii. ISBN 0-415-30605-1
  6. 'General Introduction: Principles of Selection and Organisation', with Erich H. Reck, in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. I: Frege's Philosophy in Context, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 1-4. [See 2 above]
  7. 'Introduction: Frege's Philosophy in Context', with Erich H. Reck, in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. I: Frege's Philosophy in Context, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 5-19. [See 2 above]
  8. 'Frege's Life and Work: Chronology and Bibliography', with Christian Thiel, in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. I: Frege's Philosophy in Context, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 23-39. [See 2 above]
  9. 'Frege, Russell and Logicism' [shortened and revised version of 2003.1 below], in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. I: Frege's Philosophy in Context, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 213-40. [See 2 above]
  10. 'Introduction: Frege's Philosophy of Logic', with Erich H. Reck, in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. II: Frege's Philosophy of Logic, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 1-10. [See 3 above]
  11. 'Introduction: Frege's Philosophy of Mathematics', with Erich H. Reck, in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. III: Frege's Philosophy of Mathematics, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 1-12. [See 4 above]
  12. 'Introduction: Frege's Philosophy of Thought and Language', with Erich H. Reck, in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. IV: Frege's Philosophy of Thought and Language , London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 1-10. [See 5 above]
  13. 'Sinn, Bedeutung and the Paradox of Analysis', in Michael Beaney and Erich H. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments, Vol. IV: Frege's Philosophy of Thought and Language, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 288-310. [See 5 above]
  14. 'The Rise and Fall of German Philosophy' (Essay Review of Thomas Baldwin, ed., The Cambridge History of Philosophy 1870-1945), British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 13 (August 2005), pp. 543-62. ISSN 0960-8788
  15. 'Collingwood's Conception of Presuppositional Analysis', Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 11, no.2, pp. 41-114. ISSN 1744-9413
  16. 'Duncan-Jones, Austin Ernest (1908-67)', in Stuart Brown, ed., Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers, Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005. ISBN 1-84371-096-X. Reprinted in Anthony Grayling, Andrew Pyle and Naomi Goulder, eds., The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, London: Continuum/Thoemmes, 2006, pp. 916-17. ISBN 1-84371-141-9
  17. 'Stebbing, Lizzie Susan (1885-1943)', in Stuart Brown, ed., Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers, Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005. ISBN 1-84371-096-X. Reprinted in Anthony Grayling, Andrew Pyle and Naomi Goulder, eds., The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, London: Continuum/Thoemmes, 2006, pp. 3023-8. ISBN 1-84371-141-9
  18. 'Review of Erich H. Reck and Steve Awodey, eds., Frege's Lectures on Logic: Carnap's Student Notes, 1910-1914 (Open Court, 2004)', The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 11 (September 2005), pp. 445-7. ISSN 1079-8986

2004

  1. 'Carnap's Conception of Explication: From Frege to Husserl?', in Steve Awodey and Carsten Klein, eds., Carnap Brought Home: The View from Jena, Chicago: Open Court, 2004, pp. 117-50. ISBN 0-8126-9551-8
  2. 'Gottlob Frege: The Light and Dark Sides of Genius' (Essay Review of Lothar Kreiser, Gottlob Frege: Leben – Werk – Zeit), British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 12 (February 2004), pp. 159-68. ISSN 0960-8788
  3. 'Review of Gregory Currie and Ian Ravenscroft, Recreative Minds (OUP, 2002)', Philosophical Books, 45 (October 2004), pp. 367-70. ISSN 0031-8051

2003

  1. 'Russell and Frege', in Nicholas Griffin, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Russell, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 128-70. ISBN 0-521-63634-5. Repr. in a shortened and revised form as 2005.9 above
  2. 'Analysis', in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, first published in April 2003, 50pp. + 70pp. bib.
  3. 'Susan Stebbing on Cambridge and Vienna Analysis', in Friedrich Stadler, ed., The Vienna Circle and Logical Empiricism, Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 10 [2002], Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003, pp. 339-50. ISBN 1-4020-1269-1
  4. 'Review of Peter Bernhard, Euler-Diagramme (Paderborn: Mentis, 2001)', The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 9 (September 2003), pp. 412-4. ISSN 1079-8986
  5. 'Review of Peter A. Schouls, Descartes and the Possibility of Science (Cornell University Press, 2000)', Philosophical Books, 44 (October 2003), pp. 338-9. ISSN 0031-8051

2002

  1. 'Decompositions and Transformations: Conceptions of Analysis in the Early Analytic and Phenomenological Traditions', Southern Journal of Philosophy, 40 (2002), Supp. Vol., pp. 53-99. ISSN 0038-4283
  2. 'Kant and Analytic Methodology' [Review of Robert Hanna, Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001); Brigitte Falkenburg, Kants Kosmologie (Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, 2000); Michael Otte and Marco Panza, eds., Analysis and Synthesis in Mathematics (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 1997)], British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 10 (August 2002), pp. 455-66. ISSN 0960-8788
  3. 'Doing Postgraduate Research in Philosophy', chapter 2 of A850 The Postgraduate Foundation Module in Philosophy, Open University MA in Philosophy course book

2001

  1. 'Collingwood's Critique of Analytic Philosophy', Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 8 (2001), pp. 99-122. ISSN 1356-0670, ISBN 0-9524393-7-9
  2. 'Conceptions of Logical Analysis' [shorter but revised version of 2000(1) below], in Ondrej Majer, ed., The Logica Yearbook 2000, Prague: Filosofia, 2001, pp. 57-70. ISBN 80-7007-149-4
  3. 'From Conceptual Analysis to Serious Metaphysics' (Critical Notice of Frank Jackson, From Metaphysics to Ethics), International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 9 (November 2001), pp. 521-9. ISSN 0967-2559
  4. 'Rationality and Reasonableness' [revised version of 2000.2 below], in B. Brogaard and B. Smith, eds., Rationality and Irrationality / Rationalität und Irrationalität: Proceedings of the 23rd International Wittgenstein Symposium , Vienna: öbv & hpt, 2001, pp. 18-24. ISBN 3-209-03648-9
  5. 'Review of Gilead Bar-Elli, The Sense of Reference (Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 1996)', Mind, 110 (January 2001), pp. 160-3. ISSN 0026-4423

2000

  1. 'Conceptions of Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy', Acta Analytica, 15 (Issue 25, 2000), pp. 97-115. ISSN 0353 5150
  2. 'Rationality and Reasonableness', in Berit Brogaard, ed., Rationality and Irrationality, Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Volume 8, Part 1 (Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2000), pp. 64-9. ISSN 1022 3398
  3. 'Review of Gottfried Gabriel and Wolfgang Kienzler, eds., Frege in Jena: Beiträge zur Spurensicherung (Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, 1997)', Isis, 91 (March 2000), pp. 165-6. ISSN 0021-1753
  4. 'Review of Gottlob Frege, Zwei Schriften zur Arithmetik, ed. Wolfgang Kienzler (Georg Olms, Hildesheim, 1999)', History and Philosophy of Logic, 21 (2000), pp. 235-6. ISSN 0144-5340
  5. 'Review of Clare Ortiz Hill, Rethinking Identity and Metaphysics: On the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (Yale University Press, 1997)', British Society for the History of Philosophy Newsletter, New Series: Vol. 5 (2000), pp. 17-19. ISSN 0951-5151

1999

  1. 'Presuppositions and the Paradoxes of Confirmation', Disputatio, 6 (May 1999), pp. 28-34. ISSN 0873-626X
  2. 'Review of Nathan Houser, Don D. Roberts and James Van Evra, eds., Studies in the Logic of Charles Sanders Peirce (Indiana University Press, 1997)', Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 38, no. 4 (1999), pp. 888-90. ISSN 0012-2173

1998

  1. 'What is Analytic Philosophy? Recent Work on the History of Analytic Philosophy' [Review of Ray Monk and Anthony Palmer, eds., Bertrand Russell and the Origins of Analytical Philosophy (Thoemmes Press, Bristol, 1996); Hans-Johann Glock, ed., The Rise of Analytic Philosophy (Blackwell, 1997); Matthias Schirn, ed., Frege: Importance and Legacy (Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 1996); Stuart G. Shanker, ed., Philosophy of Science, Logic and Mathematics in the Twentieth Century, Routledge History of Philosophy Volume IX (Routledge, 1996); John Blackmore, ed., Ludwig Boltzmann: His Later Life and Philosophy, 1900-1906 (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 1995)], British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 6 (October 1998), pp. 463-72. ISSN 0960-8788
  2. 'Re-engendering Logic: Feminism and the History and Philosophy of Logic', in Sasha Roseneil, ed., Feminist Scholarship: Within/Across/Between/Beyond the Disciplines, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds, Working Paper 1, Autumn 1998
  3. 'Review of Jan Dejnozka, The Ontology of the Analytic Tradition and Its Origins (Lanham, Maryland: Littlefield Adams Books, 1996)', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 6 (October 1998), pp. 451-4. ISSN 0967-2559

1997

  1. The Frege Reader, ed., Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 409 + xvi. ISBN 0-631-19444-4 (hardback), 0-631-19445-2 (paperback)
  2. 'Introduction' to The Frege Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 1-46
  3. 'Chronology of Frege's Life and Works', Appendix 1 of The Frege Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 374-5
  4. 'Frege's Logical Notation', Appendix 2 of The Frege Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 376-85
  5. 'Guide to Further Reading', Appendix 3 of The Frege Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 386-8
  6. Translation of Frege, Begriffsschrift, Preface and Part I; in The Frege Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 47-74
  7. Translation of Frege, The Foundations of Arithmetic, Introduction and §§ 1-4, 45-69, 87-91, 104-9; in The Frege Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 84-129
  8. Translation of Frege, Grundgesetze der Arithmetik, Volume I, Preface (edited), Introduction and §§ 1-7, 26-9, 32-3; in The Frege Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 194-223

1996

  1. Frege: Making Sense, London: Duckworth, 1996, pp. 358 + x. ISBN 0-7156-2712-0
  2. 'Review of Wolfgang Carl, Frege's Theory of Sense and Reference (CUP, 1994) and Anthony Kenny, Frege (Penguin, 1995)', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 4 (July 1996), pp. 328-30. ISSN 0967-2559

1995

  1. 'Review of Lawrence E. Johnson, Focusing on Truth (Routledge, 1992)', Philosophical Quarterly, 45 (January 1995), pp. 129-31. ISSN 0031-8094

1992

  1. 'Analytic Philosophy and History', Philosophaster, University of Birmingham, 1992

1991

  1. 'Modern Philosophy from Bacon and Descartes to Kant', study notes for the University of London BA Philosophy External Degree, 1991

1988

  1. 'Review of Edward Craig, The Mind of God and the Works of Man (OUP, 1987)', Philosophical Investigations, 11 (July 1988), pp. 270-5. ISSN 0190-0536

1987

  1. 'Mistakes and Mismatches: a Reply to Rudebusch', Mind, 96 (January 1987), pp. 95-8. ISSN 0026-4423

Recordings

Podcast on analysis and creativity

 

PDFs available online

Frege

Frege: Making Sense (1996)
Frege: Making Sense, contents & preface (PDF  , 299kb)
Frege: Making Sense, introduction (PDF  , 1,156kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.1 (PDF  , 1,437kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.2 (PDF  , 2,053kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.3 (PDF  , 1,944kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.4 (PDF  , 1,996kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.5 (PDF  , 2,526kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.6 (PDF  , 3,120kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.7 (PDF  , 4,472kb)
Frege: Making Sense, ch.8 (PDF  , 214kb)
Frege: Making Sense, app.1 (PDF  , 1,021kb)
Frege: Making Sense, app.2 (PDF  , 126kb)
Frege: Making Sense, app.3 (PDF  , 1,240kb)
Frege: Making Sense, app.4 (PDF  , 386kb)
Frege: Making Sense, notes (PDF  , 5,064kb)
Frege: Making Sense, bibliography (PDF  , 1,369kb)
Frege: Making Sense, index (PDF  , 672kb)
Papers
Frege, his Logic and his Philosophy: Interview with Michael Beaney (PDF  , 288kb)‌ (2010)
Frege (in Lee 2011) (PDF  , 228kb)‌ (2011) 
Frege's Logicism and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis (PDF  , 239kb)‌ (forthcoming)

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Confucianism (3rd year Special Subject, 2014)
  • Creativity (2nd year, 2010, 2013, 2014)
  • Language and Mind Pathway, Block 1: Names and Referring (2nd year, 2012, 2013)
  • Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations (2nd year, 2009)
  • History of Early Analytic Philosophy (2nd/3rd year, 2009, 2011)
  • Foundations of Mathematics (2nd/3rd year, 2008, 2009)
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes (2nd/3rd year, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
  • Philosophy of Language (2nd year, 2006)
  • Introduction to Metaphysics (1st year, 2005)

Postgraduate

  • MA in Philosophy of Art (2 seminars on creativity, 2008)
  • MA project supervision: Kant (2006), Imagination (2006), Wittgenstein (2006, 2008, 2009), Philosophical Methodology (2009, 2011), Creativity (2009, 2011), Analysis (2013)
  • MA by Research dissertation: Moore (2013–14)

Other teaching

Beijing Normal University (November 2013)

  • History of analytic philosophy

Peking University (Autumn 2011)

  • History of early analytic philosophy (Undergraduate course)
  • Frege (Graduate course)

Open University (2000–05)

  • Thought and Experience: Themes in the Philosophy of Mind (AA308; 3rd year); chair of the Production Team and author of Book 4, Imagination and Creativity
  • MA in Philosophy Postgraduate Foundation Module (A850); member of the Production Team and author of chapter 2, 'Doing Postgraduate Research in Philosophy'

University of Manchester (1998–99)

  • Early modern philosophy (2nd year)
  • Kant (3rd year)
  • Philosophy of language (3rd year)

University of Leeds (1992–98)

  • Philosophical logic (2nd year)
  • Meaning and truth (2nd year)
  • Paradoxes (2nd year)
  • Feminism and language (2nd year)
  • Leibniz (2nd year)
  • Kant (3rd year)
  • German romanticism (2nd year)
  • Introduction to continental philosophy (2nd year)
  • Ethics (2nd year)

Birkbeck College, London (1990–92)

  • Modern philosophy: Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley (2nd year)
  • Recent philosophy: Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein (2nd/3rd year)
  • Logic and methodology (2nd/3rd year)

University of Birmingham (1989–90)

  • Hume (2nd year)

Open University (1988–90)

  • Reason and experience (A311; 3rd year)

University of Sheffield (1986–88)

  • Logic (1st year)
  • Hume and Kant (3rd year)
  • Frege and Wittgenstein (3rd year)

External activities

Memberships

British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP)

Other Societies

  • Aristotelian Society
  • Bertrand Russell Society
  • British Philosophical Association
  • Collingwood Society (Honorary Life Member)
  • Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie
  • Hegel Society of Great Britain
  • History of Early Analytic Philosophy Society
  • Humboldt Association, UK
  • Institute of the Vienna Circle
  • Kant Society (UK)
  • Mind Association
  • Royal Society for the Arts
  • Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy

Editorial duties

Editing

Editorial Board Membership

Refereeing

  • Reader's reports on proposals and typescripts for Blackwell, Cambridge University Press, Continuum, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Polity Press, Routledge
  • Articles refereed for American Philosophical Quarterly, Archiv für Geschichte der PhilosophieAustralasian Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, Dialectica, Dialogue, Erkenntnis, Grazer Philosophische Studien, History and Philosophy of Logic, HOPOS, Inquiry, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Journal of Philosophical Research, Mind, Nous, Pacific Philosophical QuarterlyPhilosophia, Philosophia Mathematica, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, Science in Context, Synthese, The Sociological Review, Thought
  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College (Academic and International), 2010–

External examining

  • University of London, Extra-Mural Department, 1994–2000
  • University of Durham, Department of Philosophy, 2009–13

Invited talks and conferences

Conference and workshop organization

DatesTitlePlaceOrganisation
11 November 1995 Collingwood and his Significance University of Leeds BSHP conference, co-organised with Adrian Wilson
31 March – 2 April 1998 Thinking Through History University of Leeds BSHP conference, co-organised with Adrian Wilson
16–17 April 2004 Postgraduate Conference Commonwealth Hall, London OU Philosophy Department, co-organised with Carolyn Price
14 June 2004 OU Philosophy Research Group in Mind, Meaning and Rationality Inaugural Conference Milton Keynes co-organised with Carolyn Price
30 March – 1 April 2005 The Varieties of Analysis St. Catherine's College, Oxford BSHP conference
3–5 April 2006 Philosophy and Historiography Robinson College, Cambridge BSHP conference, co-organised with Cristina Chimisso
8 June 2006 Literature, the Literary and the Literal University of York co-organised with James Clarke
25–27 March 2008 Causation 1500–2000 King's Manor, University of York BSHP conference, co-organised with Tom Stoneham
20 May 2009 The Turn to Language in the Twentieth Century University of York CModS/CRICK conference, co-organised with Keith Allen
30 May 2009 Frege and Fregeanism University of York CRICK conference, co-organised with Keith Allen
11 November 2009 Early Modern Philosophy University of York CHiPhi Inception Event and Workshop, co-organised with Keith Allen
30 September – 2 October 2010 Mathematical Analysis and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy University of York CModS/CRICK conference, co-organised with Marco Panza (BA/CNRS-funded project)
13–14 May 2011 Emotions in the History of Philosophy University of York CHiPhi inaugural conference, co-organised with Alix Cohen and Bob Stern
8 May 2013 History of Analytic Philosophy University of York CHiPhi workshop

Conference papers (since 2000)

 

  1. ‘Conceptions of Philosophical Analysis’, Conference on ‘Philosophical Analysis’, Bled, Slovenia, 5–9 June 2000. (Paper published in Acta Analytica, 2000.)
  2. ‘Conceptions of Logical Analysis’, Logica 2000 Conference, Liblice, Czech Republic, 27–30 June 2000. (Paper published in The Logica Yearbook 2000.)
  3. ‘Analysis and Explication’, HOPOS (History of Philosophy of Science) 2000 Conference, Vienna, 6–9 July 2000.
  4. ‘Rationality and Reasonableness’, International Wittgenstein Conference, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 13–19 August 2000. (Paper published in B. Brogaard, ed., Rationality and Irrationality, Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Volume 8, Part 1, 2000; revised version in B. Brogaard and B. Smith, eds., Rationality and Irrationality / Rationalität und Irrationalität: Proceedings of the 23rd International Wittgenstein Symposium, 2001.)
  5. ‘Collingwood’s Critique of Analytic Philosophy’, Conference on ‘Collingwood and British Idealism at the Millennium’, Gregynog, Wales, 14–16 December 2000. (Paper published in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 2001.)
  6. ‘Collingwood and the Paradox of Analysis’, International Collingwood Conference: ‘R.G. Collingwood at the Millennium’, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 4–6 July 2001.
  7. ‘Susan Stebbing on Cambridge and Vienna Analysis’, Institute of the Vienna Circle Conference: ‘The Vienna Circle and Logical Empiricism’, Vienna, 12–14 July 2001. (Paper published in F. Stadler, ed., The Vienna Circle and Logical Empiricism, 2003.)
  8. ‘Decompositions and Transformations: Conceptions of Analysis in the Early Analytic and Phenomenological Traditions’, 2001 Spindel Conference: ‘Origins: The Common Sources of the Analytic and Phenomenological Traditions’, Memphis, Tennessee, 20–22 September 2001. (Paper published in Southern Journal of Philosophy, Supp. Vol., 2002.)
  9. ‘Carnap’s Conception of Explication: From Frege to Husserl?’, International Carnap Conference: ‘Rudolf Carnap – From Jena to L.A.’, Jena, 26–29 September 2001. (Paper published in S. Awodey and C. Klein, eds., Carnap Brought Home: The View from Jena, 2004.)
  10. ‘Historical Indexicality and the Paradox of Analysis’, British Society for the History of Philosophy Conference: ‘Analytic Philosophy and the History of Philosophy’, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 22–24 March 2002.
  11. ‘Kant and the Aesthetics of Geometry: Imagination, Creativity and Euclidean Methodology’, British Society of Aesthetics Conference, St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford, 13–15 September 2002.
  12. ‘Is Talk of Analysis Systematically Misleading?’, One-day Conference on ‘The Life and Work of Gilbert Ryle’, Linacre College, Oxford, 30 November 2002.
  13. ‘Philosophical and Mathematical Methodology: Philosophical Conceptions from Kant to Hilbert, and the Role of Historical Elucidation’, International History and Philosophy of Mathematics Meeting, Seville, Spain, 17–19 September 2003. (Paper published in J. Ferreirós and J. Gray, eds., The Architecture of Modern Mathematics: Essays in History and Philosophy, 2006. )
  14. ‘Reply to Robert Brandom’s “Kantian Lessons about Mind, Meaning and Rationality”’, OU Mind, Meaning and Rationality Research Group Inaugural Conference, 14 June 2004.
  15. ‘Frege and the Paradox of Analysis’, APA Eastern Division Meeting, Boston, USA, 27–30 December 2004. (Paper published in M. Beaney and E. Reck, eds., Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. IV, 2005.)
  16. ‘Über den Sinn und die Bedeutung der Titel’, Christian–Thiel–Kolloquium, 4th International Leibniz-Forum, Altdorf, Nürnberg, 30 June – 2 July 2005.
  17. ‘The Analysis of Presuppositions and the Presuppositions of Analysis’, Collingwood Conference, Monk Coniston, Lake District, 6–9 July 2005. (Paper published in two parts in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 2005, 2006.)
  18. ‘Thought and Thinking: Tracking Tensions in Frege’s Thought’, Conference on ‘Mental Processes: Representing and Inferring’, Genoa, Italy, 19–21 October 2005.
  19. ‘Frege’s Conception of Function–Argument Analysis and the Appeal to Truth-Values’, Conference on ‘Frege’s Conception of Truth’, Santa Maria, Brazil, 7–9 December 2005. (Paper published in Grazer Philosophische Studien, 2007.)
  20. ‘Analytic Philosophy and Historiography’, BSHP Conference on ‘Philosophy and Historiography’, Robinson College, Cambridge, 3–5 April 2006.
  21. ‘Wittgenstein’s Debt to Frege’, Conference on ‘Wittgenstein’s Tractatus’, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 29 April 2006.
  22. ‘The Imaginary Nature of Imagining’, Conference on ‘The Imagination and Thought Experiments’, Bristol, 12–13 May 2006.
  23. ‘Reply to Kulenkampff, “Spoken without assertoric force?”’, Conference on ‘Literature, the Literary and the Literal’, York, 8 June 2006.
  24. ‘Wittgenstein on the Foundations of Language: From Simples to Samples’, Gesellschaft für analytische Philosophie 6, Berlin, 12 September 2006. (Paper published in E. Lepore and B. Smith, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language, 2006.)
  25. ‘Analytic Philosophy and the Foundations of Mathematics: Frege’s Logicism and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis’, Conference on ‘The Problem of the Foundations of Mathematics in the Analytic Tradition’, UNAM, Mexico City, 24 September 2007. (Paper to be published in A. Arana and C. Alvarez, eds., Analytic Philosophy and the Foundations of Mathematics.)
  26. ‘Collingwood’s Critique of Oxbridge Realism’, Collingwood Conference, UQÀM, Montreal, 21 October 2007.
  27. ‘Analytic Philosophy and the Foundations of Mathematics: Frege’s Logicism and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis’, Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Paris, 11 January 2008.
  28. ‘Frege and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis’, I Coloquio Internacional de Investigaciones Lingüísticas y Filosóficas, UNMSM, Lima, 15 August 2008.
  29. ‘Russell and the Significance of Decompositional Analysis’, III Seminario Internacional de Epistemología Analítica, UNMSM, Lima, 15 August 2008.
  30. ‘The Early Life of Russell’s Notion of a Propositional Function’, Conference on ‘200 Years of Analytical Philosophy’, University of Latvia, Riga, 29 August 2008. (Paper published in The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, Vol. IV.)
  31. ‘Explicating Peter’, response to Peter Hylton’s ‘Ideas of a Logically Perfect Language in Analytic Philosophy’, 5th British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Masterclass on ‘Issues in Early Analytic Philosophy’, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 26–27 March 2009.
  32. ‘Flexplication: Fashioning Frege’s Functional Framework’, Conference on ‘Carnap’s Ideal of Explication’, Université Paris 1 Panthéon–Sorbonne/IHPST, Paris, 14 May 2009.
  33. ‘Elucidation and explication: connections and conflicts between Frege’s, Wittgenstein’s and Carnap’s methodologies’, Conference on ‘Wittgenstein’s Tractatus in Context’, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont–Ferrand, 8–9 June 2009.
  34. ‘Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy: The Development of the Idea of Rational Reconstruction’, Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy Postgraduate Conference, keynote lecture, Bologna, 29–31 October 2009.
  35. ‘Collingwood’s Critique of Oxbridge Realism’, Conference on ‘Rediscovering Collingwood and the British Idealists’, Centre for the Study of British Idealism, University of Hull, Tickton Grange, 15–17 December 2009.
  36. ‘Collingwood’s Critique of Oxbridge Realism’, Conference on Collingwood’s Autobiography, University of Oxford, 17 July 2010.
  37. ‘Analysis and Logical Form in Early Analytic Philosophy’, Postgraduate Conference on ‘The Notion of Form in 19th and Early 20th Century Logic and Mathematics’, keynote lecture, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 20–21 January 2011.
  38. ‘Frege’s Logicism and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis’, Conference on ‘Frege, Logic and Philosophy’, opening keynote lecture, Peking University, 29–30 August 2011.
  39. ‘Making Meaning Manifest: the nature and limits of interpretive analysis in analytic philosophy’, International Workshop on ‘Language, Logic and Philosophy of Mind’, keynote lecture, Hokkaido University, 6 October 2011.
  40. 'Seeing-as and Mathematical Creativity', with Robert Clark, Conference on 'Seeing-as and Novelty', University of York, 24 September 2012.
  41. 'Cook Wilson's Conception of Logical Analysis', Conference on 'Oxford Realism', University of Liege, 11 January 2013.
  42. 'The Linguistic Phenomenological Turn: John Cook Wilson and the Origins of Oxford Ordinary Language Philosophy', Conference on 'Philosophical Revolutions', closing keynote lecture, University College Dublin, 20-21 June 2013.
  43. 'Ancient Greek geometrical analysis: origins, workings, transformations', Conference on 'Analysis and Synthesis: Philosophical Method and Scientific Methodology in Ancient and Medieval Thought', opening keynote lecture, Free University of Amsterdam, 18-21 December 2013.

Research seminar papers (since 2000)

  1. ‘Frege and Carnap: From Analysis to Explication’, Jena, 4 January 2000.
  2. ‘Carnap’s Quasi-analysis’, Erlangen, 2 February 2000.
  3. ‘Rationalität und Vernünftigkeit’, Erlangen, 12 April 2000.
  4. ‘Conceptions of Analysis’, Bonn, 18 May 2000.
  5. ‘Moore and the Open Question Argument’, Erlangen, 24 May 2000.
  6. ‘Analysis and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy’, Freiburg, 19 July 2000.
  7. ‘Der Hund und die Kuh: Frege’s and Russell’s Relations and Wisdom’, Erlangen, 26 July 2000.
  8. ‘Analysis: The Holy Trinity’, OU Department of Philosophy Conference, Maryland College, Woburn, 18–19 January 2001.
  9. ‘Historical Indexicality and the Paradox of Analysis’, OU Department of Philosophy Conference, Maryland College, Woburn, 30–31 January 2002.
  10. ‘Imagination, Creativity and Euclidean Problem-solving’, OU Creativity Centre, 14 January 2003.
  11. ‘Empirical and Transcendental Imagination’, OU Department of Philosophy Conference, Maryland College, Woburn, 28–29 January 2003.
  12. ‘Einbildungskraft und Kreativität: Kant und die euklidische Geometrie’, Erlangen, 9 July 2003.
  13. ‘Logical and Phenomenological Analysis’, Cardiff, 9 February 2004.
  14. ‘Imagination, Externalism and Evaluativism’, OU Department of Philosophy Conference, St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford, 16–17 March 2004.
  15. ‘Imagination, Mediation and Evaluation’, Lille, 25 March 2004.
  16. ‘Is Imagining a State of Mind?’, OU Philosophy Department Postgraduate Conference, Commonwealth Hall, London, 16–17 April 2004.
  17. ‘Frege and the Role of Historical Elucidation’, OU Department of Philosophy Conference, St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford, 16–17 March 2005.
  18. Sinn, Bedeutung and the Paradox of Analysis’, York, 21 April 2005.
  19. ‘Collingwood on Rationality, Presuppositions and Historical Understanding’, OU Rationality Working Group, 23 June 2005.
  20. ‘Frege and the Paradox of Analysis’, National Academy of Sciences of Buenos Aires, 14 December 2005.
  21. ‘Imagination and Creativity’, National Academy of Sciences of Buenos Aires, 15 December 2005.
  22. ‘The Significance of Function–Argument Analysis in the Development of Analytic Philosophy’, Paderborn, Germany, 9 February 2006.
  23. ‘Was ist analytische Philosophie?’, Jena, Germany, 27 June 2007.
  24. ‘Frege, Russell and Bradley: An Analysis of their Relations on the Analysis of Relations’, York, 10 October 2007.
  25. ‘Frege, Russell and Bradley: An Analysis of their Relations on the Analysis of Relations’, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 26 October 2007.
  26. ‘Analytic Philosophy and the Foundations of Mathematics: Frege’s Logicism and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis’, University College Dublin, 14 February 2008.
  27. ‘Frege, Russell and Bradley: An Analysis of their Relations on the Analysis of Relations’, Trinity College Dublin, 15 February 2008.
  28. ‘Frege’s Logicism and the Significance of Interpretive Analysis’, Keio University, Tokyo, 10 April 2008.
  29. ‘Conceptions of Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy’, Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Paris, 10 December 2008.
  30. ‘What is Analytic Philosophy?’, University of Hull, 21 April 2009.
  31. ‘What is Analytic Philosophy?’, University of Liverpool, 27 April 2009.
  32. ‘Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy: The Development of the Idea of Rational Reconstruction’, IHPST/University of Paris, 18 February 2010.
  33. ‘Frege’s Functional Framework’, IHPST/University of Paris, 22 February 2010.
  34. ‘Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy: The Development of the Idea of Rational Reconstruction’, University of Reading, 23 February 2010.
  35. ‘Frege’s Big Framework: the way to decisive government?’, University of York, 28 April 2010.
  36. ‘The Beauty of Creation in Cantor’s Paradise’, University of York, Vice-Chancellor’s seminar on beauty, 29 June 2010.
  37. ‘Frege’s Instantiation of the Concept Hedgehog’, University of Durham, 11 November 2010.
  38. ‘Some Conceptions of Creativity and a Key Creative Moment’, University of York, ‘Creativity in the History of Philosophy’ series, 18 November 2010.
  39. ‘Creativity across the Disciplines’, University of York, ‘The Proposition’ series, 25 November 2010.
  40. ‘Frege as Hedgehog’, University of Birmingham, 28 February 2011.
  41. ‘Making Meaning Manifest: Logic and interpretive analysis in analytic philosophy’, Renmin University, Beijing, 28 October 2011.
  42. ‘Conceptions of Creativity and a Key Creative Moment in the History of Western Philosophy’, Shanghai Jaio Tong University, 8 November 2011.
  43. ‘Conceptions of Creativity and a Key Creative Moment in the History of Western Philosophy’, Southeast University, Nanjing, 18 November 2011.
  44. ‘Frege’s Use of Function–Argument Analysis’, Institute of Logic, Beijing University, 24 November 2011.
  45. ‘Conceptions of Creativity and a Key Creative Moment in the History of Western Philosophy’, Yunnan University, Kunming, 9 December 2011.
  46. ‘Conceptions of Creativity and a Key Creative Moment in the History of Western Philosophy’, Beijing Normal University, 19 December 2011.
  47. ‘Conceptions of Creativity and a Key Creative Moment in the History of Western Philosophy’, Northwest University of Politics and Law, Xi’an, 26 December 2011.
  48. ‘Making Meaning Manifest: The nature and limits of interpretive analysis in analytic philosophy’, Nankai University, Tianjin, 30 December 2011.
  49. 'The Historiography of Analytic Philosophy', University of York, 22 May 2012.
  50. 'Analytic Philosophy: its philosophical character and historical construction', University of Edinburgh, 22 November 2012.
  51. 'Analytic Philosophy: its analytic character and historical construction', Moral Sciences Club, University of Cambridge, 29 January 2013.
  52. 'Oxford Realism: John Cook Wilson and the origins of Oxford ordinary language philosophy', Peking University, Beijing, 18 March 2013.
  53. 'Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy: The development of the idea of rational reconstruction’, Renmin University, Beijing, 20 March 2013.
  54. 'Analytic Philosophy: its analytic character and historical construction', Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 22 March 2013.
  55. 'Analytic Philosophy and Historiography: On the uses and disadvantages of history for philosophy', Southeast University, Nanjing, 25 March 2013.
  56. 'The Linguistic Phenomenological Turn: John Cook Wilson and the Origins of Oxford Ordinary Language Philosophy', University of York, 5 June 2013.
  57. 'Wittgenstein and Frege', University of York, 2 October 2013.
  58. 'Wittgenstein and Frege', Peking University, Beijing, 8 November 2013.
  59. 'Wittgenstein and Frege', Renmin University, Beijing, 22 November 2013.
  60. 'Meaning, Bedeutung, 意义: Conceptions of meaning in Western philosophy of language and issues of translation in German, English and Chinese', Southeast University, Nanjing, 25 November 2013.
  61. 'Meaning, Bedeutung, 意义: Introducing Western philosophy of language and some issues of translation in English, German, and Chinese', Southwest University for Minorities, Chengdu, 5 December 2013.
  62. 'Creativity in Art', Southwest University for Minorities, Chengdu, 6 December 2013.
  63. 'How to Do Things with J. L. Austin: Performatives in Philosophy and Anthropology', with Prof. Sharon Macdonald (University of York), Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, Peking University, Beijing, 12 December 2013.
Mike Beaney in San Gimignano, August 2009

Ideas should never be derived from first impressions

Mike Beaney changing a lightbulb in Berlin, July 2009

How many lightbulbs does it take to change a philosopher?

Mike Beaney in the Pompidou Centre in Paris, January 2008

The nature of an artwork depends on the receiver: esse est recipi. So am I part of the artwork?

Mike Beaney and Sharon Macdonald dancing at their daughter's wedding in Oxford, April 2011

The best things in life need no grounding

Mike Beaney in Wittgenstein's house in Vienna, August 2000

What I can't say, I can't say, and I can't play it either

Mike Beaney and Sharon Macdonald arguing in Whitby, July 2010 

And I'm telling you it was grue when I examined it!

Mike Beaney and Sharon Macdonald arguing in Whitby, July 2010 

Bleen! Bleen!

Contact details

Prof. Michael Beaney
Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323260

http://www.michaelbeaney.eu