Maura Tumulty

Maura Tumulty
Colgate University · Department of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am interested in the overlaps among philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and moral psychology. My book, Alien Experience, was recently published by Oxford University Press. It argues that one can sometimes be alienated from a perception (as one can sometimes be alienated from a desire). This has implications for how we think about self-control, bias, cognitive penetration, and representationalist perceptual theories.
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July 2007 - present
Colgate University
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If experiences are alienable, then it must be possible for them to be influenced by aspects of ourselves toward which we might take a critical attitude. This requires that beliefs, biases, emotions, and fatigue can influence our experiences. This chapter explores several pathways through which such influence could travel, and argues that it can and...
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If I were a better human being, that person’s voice wouldn’t sound so shrill to me . Many of us may have had such thoughts. They give voice to the worrying intuition that if we were less affected by sexism and racism, or better at keeping our tempers, our fellow humans would look and sound differently to us. Alien Experience argues that we should t...
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Our behavior doesn't always match the beliefs attributed to us, and sometimes the mismatch raises questions about what our beliefs actually are. I compare two approaches to such cases, and argue in favor of the one which allows some belief-attributions to lack a determinate truth-value. That approach avoids an inappropriate assumption about cogniti...
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Bortolotti argues that the irrationality of many delusions is no different in kind from the irrationality that marks many non-pathological states typically treated as beliefs. She takes this to secure the doxastic status of those delusions. Bortolotti’s approach has many benefits. For example, it accounts for the fact that we can often make some se...
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Jennifer Hornsby and Rae Langton have argued that in some cultural contexts, women are not able to perform the illocutionary act of refusing sex by saying "No." They argue that this illocutionary disablement is a kind of silencing. The silencing happens because men sometimes do not hear "No" as a refusal of sex, and hence sometimes a woman who utte...
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The imperviousness of delusions to counter-evidence makes it tempting to classify them as imaginings. Bayne and Pacherie argue that adopting a dispositional account of belief can secure the doxastic status of delusions. But dispositionalism can only secure genuinely doxastic status for mental states by giving folk-psychological norms a significant...
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We can increase our understanding of expression by considering an analogy to demonstrative reference. The connections between a demonstrative phrase and its referent, in a case of fully successful communication with that phrase, are analogous to the connections between an expressible state and the behavior that expresses it. The connections in each...
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According to Donald Davidson, any philosophy of mind that appeals to propositional content is doomed to become an account of the mind as a private theater. But Davidson's own work on thought-attribution can be used to make propositional content safe. This paper uses Davidson's negative reaction to Gareth Evans's works on perceptually based demonstr...
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Dorit Bar-On aims to account for the distinctive security of avowals by appealing to expression. She officially commits herself only to a negative characterization of expression, contending that expressive behavior is not epistemically based in self-judgments. I argue that her account of avowals, if it relies exclusively on this negative account of...
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The distinctive nature of pains associated with menstruation and childbirth is used to argue against Klein's version of imperativism.
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Most people develop a sense of self early in their lives and think of them selves as persistent. Whatever dramatic personal changes they may undergo over the course of their lives, they have a sense of living exactly one life from the inside.1 There are several philosophical questions to be asked about this sense of self.2 One important question is...
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In some ways, someone suffering from the delusion that his or her spouse has been kidnapped and replaced with an imposter appears to believe that he or she eats dinner with an imposter every night. But the imperviousness of delusions to counter-evidence makes it hard to classify them as beliefs, and easier to classify them as imaginings. Bayne and...
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Some theories of language, thought, and experience require their adherents to say unpalatable things about human individuals whose capacities for rational activity are seriously diminished. Donald Davidson, for example, takes the interdependence of the concepts of thought and language to entail that thoughts may only be attributed to an individual...
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According to Donald Davidson, any philosophy of mind that appeals to propositional content is doomed to become an account of the mind as a private theater. But Davidson's own work on thought-attribution can be used to make propositional content safe. This paper uses Davidson's negative reaction to Gareth Evans's works on perceptually based demonstr...

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