Jaegwon Kim William Herbert Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy Emeritus

A.B., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., Princeton University. Has taught at Swarthmore College, Cornell University, The Johns Hopkins University, and The University of Michigan. Since 1987, the William Herbert Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. President of the American Philosophical Association, the Central Division, 1988-89. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991-. Co-editor of the philosophical quarterly Noûs, 2000-05.

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Research Areas

scholarly work

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research overview

Professor Kim's areas of interest and specialization include philosophy of mind, metaphysics, action theory, epistemology, and philosophy of science. His current work focuses on physicalism, reduction and reductionism, mental causation, and emergence. The specific topics of his current research include: arguments for/against physicalism, substance dualism, overdetermination and the exclusion argument, agency and self-knowledge, subjectivity and normativity in agency, laws and explanation in the special sciences, and philosophical naturalism.

research statement

Apart from my continuing work in philosophy of mind on issues like mental causation, reductionism, multiple realization, emergence, and the possibility of substance dualism, I am working on the following two ongoing research projects: (i) the nature and status of the special sciences--in particular, the possibility of laws in the special sciences and the nature of special-science explanation and causation; (ii) the nature of our understanding of our own and our fellow human beings' actions --in particular, how normativity and subjectivity are involved in the understanding of actions.

funded research

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Research Fellowship, 1980-81
National Science Foundation Research Grant (chief investigator), 1977-79
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Fellowship, 1985
Fulbright Lectureship (Seoul, Korea), 1984