I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Tulane University, a faculty member in the Tulane Brain Institute, and the director of the Tulane Cognitive Studies Program. I am also co-managing editor of the Brains Blog.

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. You can follow my work on Academia.edu and ResearchGate, or email me (dburnsto@tulane.edu) about anything at all.

Recent and Forthcoming Talks

  • 'Perceptual Architecture and Perceptual Content', Berlin School of Mind and Brain, January 2021
  • 'There are Higher-Level Perceptual Contents, and They're Non-Conceptual', Mississippi State University, October 2020
  • 'Inferentialism and Maker's Knowledge', Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice [postponed]
  • 'Complex Mapping Tools and Task Ontologies' NeuroTech, Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science, January 2020.
  • 'There are Higher-Level Perceptual Contents, and They're Non-Conceptual', University of Edinburgh, January 2020