Email:  <gwitmer>

Office: 308 Griffin-Floyd Hall

Phone: (352) 273-1830

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, I will not be in my office on a regular basis; it is best to reach me by email.

 D. Gene Witmer

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1997

 

Areas of research:  Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, physicalism, consciousness, a priori knowledge

 

My areas of research lie in metaphysics and philosophy of mind, often focusing on the doctrine of physicalism. I have worked on such topics as the nature of intrinsic properties, metaphysical grounding, mental causation, functionalism, conceptual analysis, and a priori knowledge. A book defending a kind of a priori physicalism is planned. My interests extend as well to meta-ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of religion.

 

My curriculum vitae.

 

My page on Philosophical Papers, including links to various papers and my positions on many philosophical issues.

 

 

Faculty < Department < College < University

 

Office hours for Spring 2021

 

Wednesdays 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

And by appointment

 

All office hours are held by Zoom at

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/2723717387

Registered UF accounts only

 

 

 

Undergraduate Advising

For the 2020-2021 academic year, I am the department's Undergraduate Advisor. If you are a philosophy major or minor or just a student interested in finding out more about the department's undergraduate curriculum, feel free to get in touch with me at gwitmer@ufl.edu. Office hours are listed on the left.

 

Spring 2021 Teaching

 

PHP 5785 Foundations of Analytic Philosophy

"Analytic Philosophy" is the label used for that sort of philosophy that developed in the first half of the 20th Century and became dominant in the English-speaking philosophical world up until the present day. There is little agreement on what the label signifies other than a common philosophical inheritance. That inheritance is precisely what this course covers: a survey of influential work by Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Carnap, Quine, and others. We will focus on methodological issues in philosophy and how theories of language, knowledge, and metaphilosophy have shaped the debate over the best way to proceed in addressing philosophical questions. Our goal is in part historical but more importantly philosophical: the hope is to gain a clear understanding of the arguments, theories, and questions that animated this literature and which continue to shape the dominant philosophical tradition today.

 

Selected Publications

 

"Full and Partial Grounding." With Kelly Trogdon. Forthcoming in Journal of the American Philosophical Association.

 

"Dual Carving and Minimal Rationalism." Forthcoming in Analytic Philosophy.

 

"Physicalism UnBlocked." Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (7):890-904 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1017/can.2020.35

 

"Platonistic Physicalism without Tears." Journal of Consciousness Studies 24 (9-10): 72-90. 2017. Part of a collection of papers responding to Susan Schneider's "Does the Mathematical Nature of Physics Undermine Physicalism?"

 

"Physicality for Physicalists." Topoi 37 (3): 457-472. September 2018. Special issue "The Character of Physicalism" edited by Andreas Elpidorou. FDOI: 10.1007/s11245-016-9415-y.

 

"Chudnoff on our Awareness of Abstract Objects." Florida Philosophical Review 16 (1): 105-116. Winter 2016.

 

"Physicalism and Metaphysical Naturalism." Oxford Bibliographies Online. 2015.

 

"A Simple Theory of Intrinsicality." In Robert M. Francescotti, ed., Companion to Intrinsic Properties. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014.

 

Review of Robert Kirk, The Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental (Oxford University Press, 2013). In Analysis Reviews 0, 1-5 (2014).

 

"Naturalism and Physicalism." Encyclopedia entry in Robert Barnard and Neil Manson, eds., The Bloomsbury Companion to Metaphysics, Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly Continuum), 2012.

 

Review of Jens Kipper, A Two-Dimensionalist Guide to Conceptual Analysis (Ontos Verlag, 2012). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. January 11, 2013.

 

Selected Presentations

 

Comments on Daniel Giberman and David Kovacs, "Property Dualism (not?) for Property Nominalists."

February 26, 2020. Central Division, American Philosophical Association. Chicago, IL.

 

"Grounds for a Free Lunch."

November 1, 2019. Florida Philosophical Association. Gainesville, FL.

 

"Goff's Insufficiently Minimal Minimal Rationalism."

November 2, 2018. Florida Philosophical Association. Pensacola, FL.

 

"Metaphysics and A Priori Vindication."

May 10, 2018. Invited talk at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

Comments on Paul Boswell, "There Are No Intrinsic Desires,"

February 2018 at the Central Division, American Philosophical Association. Chicago, IL.

 

Comments on Zach Blaesi, "Grounding, Physicalism, and the Explanatory Gap."

January 6, 2018. Eastern Division, American Philosophical Association. Savannah, GA. (Presented in absentia.)

 

Comments on Fermin Fulda, "Three Grades of Naturalistic Involvement."

October 6, 2017. Conference of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science. New York, NY.

 

Comments on Todd Ganson, "What are Sensory Powers?"

January 7, 2017. Eastern Division, American Philosophical Association. Baltimore, MD.

 

Comments on Kenneth L. Pearce, "Counteressential Conditionals."

March 3, 2016. Central Division, American Philosophical Association. Chicago, Illinois.

 

"Physicality for Physicalists."

Invited talk for the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. New York, NY. September 30, 2015.

 

Comments on Andreas Elpidorou, "Defending Actualist Physicalism."

September 18, 2015. Conference of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science. Newark, NJ.