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Joshua Gert

Leslie and Naomi Legum Distinguished Professor

Office: James Blair 130
Email: [[jngert]]
Phone: (757) 221-2716


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, 2004) and Normative Bedrock: Response-dependence, Rationality and Reasons (Oxford, 2012) 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.  He is the recipient of a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation fellowship (2009), and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-15).  At present he is working on a book that defends a primitivist account of color.

Research Interests

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