Alvin Goldman


Alvin Goldman is Board of Governors Professor of philosophy (and cognitive science) at Rutgers University. He previously taught at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and University of Arizona. A past president of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, he is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pittsburgh, Australian National University, Princeton University, and Oxford University. His research spans a number of subfields, including philosophy of action, analytical epistemology, social epistemology, and topics in cognitive science and its application to philosophy. The work was presented in four monographs and over 150 papers, as well as several volumes of collected papers, edited volumes, and works devoted to his writings. The monographs include A Theory of Human Action (Princeton UP, 1970), Epistemology and Cognition (Harvard UP, 1986), Knowledge in a Social World (Oxford UP, 1999), and Simulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading (Oxford UP, 2006). A forthcoming edited volume from Oxford UP is entitled Metaphysics and Cognitive Science. His current project is on democracy and freedom of speech, developing themes that were initiated in earlier work on democracy, political power, and related topics. More information is available at his homepage.