Ty Fagan, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


My current research comprises three main topics: (i) how minds cognize other minds, and which minds do so; (ii) how animal minds work; and (iii) what implications these topics hold for philosophical theory, scientific practice, and moral attitudes. I am presently most concerned with methodological issues about anthropomorphism, explanatory parsimony, and the development of better experimental methods for probing mindreading abilities in nonlinguistic creatures. These research strands grow out of my doctoral dissertation, "Three Problems of Folk Psychology: Meaning, Character, and Domain."

Beyond these topics, I have active interests in moral psychology (especially questions about self-deception and self-knowledge), ancient philosophy (especially the Presocratics), and early modern philosophy (especially Hume). I also hold B.A. degrees in Philosophy & Religion and English from Truman State University. Before entering graduate school I worked as a Research Assistant in the Dynamic Cognition Lab at Washington University in St. Louis.

I teach a hodgepodge of classes here at Elmhurst, including (in past semesters): Problems of Philosophy, Reasoning, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and an FYS course called "Truth, Lies, and Everything In Between." This spring I'm teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Reasoning, and Environmental Ethics.

Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Psychology

Areas of Competence

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy

Office: Hammerschmidt Chapel 224
Mailbox: 71
E-mail: tyler.fagan@elmhurst.edu

My Curriculum Vitae