Nathan Kirkwood

Research title

Quine’s Naturalism and its Relation to his Philosophy of Language

Research summary

 

My research focusses on the work of W.V. Quine. In particular, I focus on providing an authentic picture of Quine’s naturalistic approach to philosophy, urging that his views have been drastically misunderstood and underappreciated, and providing a more nuanced context for understanding Quine’s development. With a more patient and systematic view of Quine’s philosophy in hand we can see why prominent criticisms put forward against Quine miss the mark, and that Quine’s view is far more plausible than it is often taken to be. Outside my research on Quine, I’m interested more generally in the history of analytic philosophy, especially in the work of the logical positivists, and the role that Early Modern philosophers played in the emergence of naturalism. I also have a developing interest in formal logic and the philosophy of mathematics and science.

I am also a member of the Forum for Quine and the History of Analytic Philosophy. For more information see: http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/philosophy/research/projects/forum-for-quine-history-of-analytic-philosophy/

Finally, I am a tutor on level 1 and 2 courses in Philosophy. This year I am tutoring on:
Philosophy 1K: Knowledge and the World
Philosophy 2K: Knowledge and Inference 


Grants

Conference Funding:

  • Mind Minor Conference Grant
    - £600 for Glasgow Minorities and Philosophy Workshop on Education and Justice 
  • Scottish Philosophical Association Conference Support Grant
    - £688 for Glasgow Minorities and Philosophy Workshop on Education and Justice

PhD:

  • AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
    Fees & Stipend

MSc:

  • The University of Glasgow PGT Scholarship
    Fees

Conferences

  • Quine and Naturalism
    University of Manchester, 6-8 March, 2017.
  • Minorities and Philosophy: Workshop on Justice and Education
    University of Glasgow, 6 February, 2017.
    http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/studentstaff/informationforcurrentstudents/philosophystudents/minoritiesandphilosophy/mapworkshop2017/

Teaching

2016-17:

  • Philosophy 1K: Knowlege & the World
  • Philosophy 2K: Knowledge, Meaning and Inference

2015-16:

  • Philosophy 1K: Knowledge & the World
  • Philosophy 2K: Knowledge, Meaning & Inference
  • Summer School Co-Convenor: Critical Thinking

2014-15:

  • Philosophy 1K: Knowledge & the World
  • Philosophy 1M: Right & Wrong
  • Philosophy 2K: Logic Sections Only

Additional information

Awards:

  • Caird Prize in Moral Philosophy (2012-13)

Presentations:

  • ''Two Dogmas in Retrospect' in Retrospect'. PG Seminar, University of Glasgow, Oct 2016.
  • 'Naturalism in the Early Quine'. PG Seminar, University of Glasgow, Apr 2016.
  • ‘Quine: The Weir-y Road to Anti-Realism’. PG Seminar, University of Glasgow, Mar 2015
  • ‘One Dogma of Early Modern Empiricism’. PG Seminar, University of Glasgow, Nov 2015

Other Important Things:

  • Cat (Lyra)