I am a philosopher of science and mind. I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Tulane University, and a faculty member in the Tulane Brain Institute. 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

  • 'Embodied Agency and Pluralistic Folk Psychology', New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility, New Orleans, November 2019.
  • 'A Plea for Task Ontology,' Natural Kinds in Cognitive Science Workshop, York University, June 2019.
  • 'Multimodality and Defining the Senses,' AISC Midterm Conference, Symposium on Multimodality, Lucca, May 2019.
  • 'The Neuroscience of Decision as a Basis for Social Neuroscience,' AISC Midterm Conference, Lucca, May 2019.
  • 'Tools, Skills, and the Organization of the Mind,' Re-Tuning Cognition with a Box of Rocks Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, March 2019.
  • 'Causal and Semantic Relations between Cognitive and Sensorimotor States,' University of Pittsburgh, January 2019.
  • 'Inferentialism and Maker's Knowledge,' Modeling and Reasoning in the Sciences Workshop, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, December 2019.
  • 'Modularity, Learning, and Cognitive Penetration,' University of Auckland, October 2018.
  • 'Causal and Semantic Relations between Cognitive and Sensorimotor States,' Macquarie University, October 2018.
  • 'A Deflationary Approach to the Cognitive Penetration Debate,' Australia National University, October 2018.
  • 'The Multiple Senses of "Hierarchy" in Systems Neuroscience,' (with Philipp Haueis), Neural Mechanisms Online Conference, October 2018.
  • 'Causal and Semantic Relations between Cognitive and Sensorimotor States,' Australasian Association of Philosophy, Wellington, July 2018.
  • 'Pluralism and Representation in Biology,' Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice, Ghent, June 2018.