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Joshua Gert

Francis S. Haserot Professor

Office: James Blair 130
Email: [[jngert]]
Phone: (757) 221-2716
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Joshua Gert received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is the author of Brute Rationality: Normativity and Human Action (Cambridge, 2007) and has published papers on rationality and reasons and on color in Ethics, The Journal of Philosophy, The Philosophical Review, Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, amongst others.  He was co-editor of the journal Social Theory and Practice, from 2004 to 2009.  In 2009 he won a fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, and is planning on using the fellowship to complete a book on value that exploits the analogy between evaluative properties and secondary qualities such as color.

Research Interests

Professor Gert is interested in practical rationality, metaethics, philosophy of color, all with an emphasis on philosophy of language.