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DAVID MICHAEL KAPLAN

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									                                                                                              Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
                                               DAVID MICHAEL KAPLAN                           Department of Philosophy
                                                                                              Washington University
                                                                                              Saint Louis, Missouri 63130

                                                                                              O 314.935.9338
                                                                                              M 919.949.7796
                                                                                              davidkaplan@wustl.edu
                                                                                              http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~dmkaplan




ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE — SEPT 2009-CURRENT
Washington University in St. Louis
Laboratory of Dr. Larry Snyder
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy


James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Research Fellow — August 2007 - Sept 2009
Washington University in St. Louis
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program
Department of Philosophy

EDUCATION
Ph.D., 2007, Philosophy, Duke University.
B.A., 1997, Philosophy, University of California at San Diego.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Philosophy of Neuroscience, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind.

AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Logic.

DISSERTATION
THE NATURE AND BASES OF SPATIAL REPRESENTATION Committee: Brian Cantwell Smith (co-chair), Güven Güzeldere
(co-chair), Fred Dretske, Alex Rosenberg, Dale Purves (Neurobiology). The dissertation argues for the thesis that motor
behavioral factors are necessary for the perceptual representation of space. Defense of the main thesis proceeds by first
identifying a number of problematic theoretical assumptions about spatial representation common to both contemporary vision
science and philosophical accounts of spatial content that lead to the neglect of such factors, and second, developing a
general framework for conceptualizing more clearly the various kinds of dependency relationships that can obtain between
perception and motor action. The resultant view of spatial representation I defend is one that stresses the need to understand
not only how spatial representations are physically implemented in the brain, but also the critical importance of such factors as
embodiment and skilled motor behavioral interaction with the environment for our ability to represent space.

PUBLICATIONS
“How to Reconcile Physicalism with Antireductionism about Biology” (with Alex Rosenberg), Philosophy of Science 72
(January 2005): 43–68.

“Review of Cognition and Brain: The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement”, Philosophical Psychology 21 (October 2008):
707-712.

“Neuroscientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World” (with Carl Craver), (forthcoming), Continuum Companion
to the Philosophy of Science, (Eds.) Steven French & Juha Saatsi.

“Mechanistic Explanation in Cognitive Neuroscience” (with Carl Craver), (Under review).

“Broadening the Debate Over Embodied Perception” (Under review).
“A Concrete Challenge for Embodied, Embedded, Extended Cognition” (In preparation).

“Descriptive and Explanatory Models in Computational Neuroscience” (In preparation).

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS & TALKS
Mechanism, Computation, and Explanation in Cognitive Neuroscience”, International Society for History, Philosophy, and
Social Science of Biology. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. July 2009.

“On Deciding the Boundaries of Cognition and Perception”, Metaphysics of Science Conference, University of Melbourne,
Melbourne, Australia. July 2009.

“Reframing the Debate Over Embodied Perception”, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of Indiana,
Bloomington, Indiana, USA. June 2009.

“On the Proper Treatment of the Connection between Spatial Perception and Motor Behavior”, Invited Talk, PNP Colloquium,
Washington University in St. Louis, USA. April 24, 2008.

“Sensorimotor Dependence and Behavioral Space”, Poster, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Oxford
University, UK. June 2006.

“The Relevance of Motor Neuroscience to Cognition”, Talk, International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Science of
Biology, Perspectives on Cognition Session. University of Guelph, Canada. July 2005.
“Natural Scene Statistics, Vision, and Environmental Variability”, Introduction and commentary for Dr. Dale Purves, Center for
Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University. Fourth Annual Conference on Recent Work in Biology and Philosophy: Evolution of
Cognition: Niche Construction, Culture, and Environmental Complexity. Duke University, USA. April 2005.

“The Commitments of Computational Neuroscience”, Talk, International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Science
of Biology; History and Philosophy of Neuroscience Session. University of Vienna, Austria. July 2003.

AWARDS & GRANTS
CGS-AACU Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Duke University. 2005-2006.

Duke University Conference Travel Award. ASSC 10, University of Oxford, UK. June 2005.

NSF Fellowship, Duke Center for the Philosophy of Biology, Duke University. 2005-2006.

Duke University Conference Travel Award. ISSHPSSB, University of Guelph, Canada. July 2005.

Early Career Researcher Workshop Fellowship, McDonnell Project in Philosophy and the Neurosciences
California Institute of Technology. June 2005.

Summer Competitive Dissertation Research Fellowship, Duke University. June-August 2005.

University of Vienna/Institute Vienna Circle International Summer School Fellowship and Travel Grant. Topic:
Biological and Cosmological Evolution. July 2003.

University of Vienna/Institute Vienna Circle International Summer School Fellowship and Travel Grant. Topic:
Mind and Computation. July 2002.

University of Vienna/Institute Vienna Circle International Summer School Fellowship and Travel Grant. Topic:
Unity and Plurality in Science. July 2001.

Graduate Student Fellowship, Department of Philosophy, Duke University, 2000-2007.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS — 2007-2009
Inquiry in the Cognitive Sciences, Fall 2009.
First-Order Logic, Fall 2009.
Graduate PNP Seminar: Spatial Representation, Spring 2009.
Introduction to the Cognitive Sciences, Fall 2008.
Problems in Philosophy, Spring 2008



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Graduate PNP Seminar: Perception and Action, Fall 2007.

DUKE UNIVERSITY — 2003-2006
Special Topics in Philosophy of Cognitive Science: Mind, Brain, and Space, Fall 2006.
Introduction to Philosophy: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Fall 2006.
Introduction to Philosophy: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Fall 2005.
Introduction to Philosophy: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Spring 2004.
Introduction to Philosophy: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Fall 2003.
Foundations of Artificial Intelligence, Duke University Talent Identification Program, Summer 2002.

SERVICE & OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Organizer, Joint PNP/Medical School Seminar Series, 2007-2009.

Organizer, PNP Works-in-Progress Seminar (WIPS) Series, 2008-2009.

Co-organizer (w/ Cory Wright), Conference on Perception, Language, and Space. Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
Program, Washington University in St. Louis. March 1-2, 2008.

Website development, Conference on Perception, Language, and Space. PNP Program, Washington University in St. Louis.

Webmaster & Web Designer, Center for Philosophy of Biology, Duke University. 2004-2006.

Co-organizer, 4th Annual Conference on Recent Work in Biology and Philosophy, Center for Philosophy of Biology, Duke
University. April 23-24, 2005.

Graduate student representative to the faculty of the Department of Philosophy, Duke University. 2003.

REFERENCES
Dr. José Luis Bermudéz
Director, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis
314. 935.7149, bermudez@wustl.edu

Dr. Carl Craver
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis
314.935.7146, ccraver@artsci.wustl.edu

Dr. Brian Cantwell Smith
Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science, University of Toronto
416.978-3234, brian.cantwell.smith@utoronto.ca

Dr. Güven Güzeldere
Department of Philosophy, Duke University
919.660.3068, guven.guzeldere@duke.edu

Dr. Alex Rosenberg
Department of Philosophy, Duke University
919.660.3047, alexrose@duke.edu

Dr. Dale Purves
Department of Neurobiology, Duke University
919.684.6122, purves@neuro.duke.edu

Dr. Owen Flanagan
Department of Philosophy, Duke University
919.660.3056, ojf@duke.edu


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Philosophical Association; Philosophy of Science Association; Society for Neuroscience; International Society
for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.




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