Victoria McGeer


Victoria McGeer took her B.A. in Philosophy and Government at Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis was entitled, ‘The Meaning of Living Languages’. She held a Killam postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University, shifting her area of specialization from the philosophy of language to the philosophy of mind.  In 1992, she took up a position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilit University, but took leave of absence shortly thereafter in order to do further postdoctoral work in Alison Gopnik’s developmental psychology laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley (funded under an award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). She decided to leave her teaching position at Vanderbilt in 1998 in order to pursue further interdisciplinary work as an independent scholar, and in 2000 was appointed as a Senior Member of the McDonnell Project on Philosophy and the Neurosciences (led by Professor Kathleen Akins). In 2004 she was appointed Research Scholar at the University Center for Human Values and Lecturer in the Dept. of Philosophy at Princeton University, receiving tenure in 2007.   When in the course of human events....


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