I am a philosopher of science and mind. I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Tulane University. I am also a member of the WORking Group on Diagrams in Science (WORGODS), and the book review editor at Philosophical Psychology. You can follow my work on Academia.edu and ResearchGate, or email me (dburnsto@tulane.edu) about anything at all.

My research focuses on a wide range of topics, most of which stem from an interest in how to functionally decompose complex cognitive and biological systems. I am also interested in how scientists reason-what their concepts are like, how they employ representations of different kinds, and how these representations relate to explanation and scientific practice. My science interests include systems neuroscience, cognitive science, perceptual psychology, and molecular biology.

Recent and Forthcoming Talks

  • Real Patterns in Biological Explanation, Philosophy of Science Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2016.
  • There is no Diachronic Cognitive Penetration, Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society, Cardiff, Wales, July 2016.
  • Getting Over Atomism, British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Cardiff, Wales, July 2016.
  • Inferentialism in Biological Practice, Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice, Glassboro, NJ, June 2016.
  • A Contextualist Approach to Functional Localization, University of California, San Diego, May 2016
  • Functional Integration, Neural Coding, and Consumer Semantics, Rethinking the Taxonomy of Psychology Workshop. University of Western Ontario. April 2016. (Poster)
  • Getting over Atomism, Georgia State University, April 2016.