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 Brian  Beakley

Brian Beakley


Office: 3536 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-3964

Professor Beakley specializes in philosophy of mind, linguistics, and philosophy of science (particularly models of explanation). 

Professor Beakley is coeditor of Philosophy of Mind: Classical Problems / Contemporary Issues (MIT Press: 1992; second edition 2006), and translated Jean-François Lyotard's Phenomenology (SUNY Press: 1991). His current work focuses on causation and explanation in the philosophy of mind and linguistics, and the history of modal logic.

Frequently Taught Courses

PHI 1900 Logical and Critical Reasoning
PHI 3520 Necessity, Possibility, and Existence
PHI 3540 Philosophy of Mind
PHI 3700 Language and Human Nature
PHI 3900 Symbolic Logic


B.A. Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
PhD Philosophy, Stony Brook University (SUNY)

Professor Beakley has also studied Linguistics at the graduate level at Stony Brook and the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and was a Visiting Scientist in Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professional Organizations

Member, Philosophy of Science Association (1990 - present)

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