David Leech Anderson

David L. Anderson
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Illinois State University
dlanders AT ilstu DOT edu


Ph.D     Harvard University
M.T.S.   Harvard Divinity School
M.C.S   Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
B.A.      Whitman College

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I teach courses in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion


I have published articles on the philosophy of language (esp. semantics), philosophy of religion, consciousness and the work of Hilary Putnam. I am currently working on a book project, tentatively titled: "The Externalist Revolution in Philosophy and the Rise of a New Internalism" where I defend an original theory of intentionality (Moral Status Intentionality) which is related to phenomenal intentionality and an original semantic theory that complements it (semantic dualism).

What is Realist about Putnam's Internal Realism. Philosophical Topics, 1992,
20(1):49-84.   [pdf]

What is the Model-theoretic Argument? The Journal of Philosophy, June 1993, 90(6):311-322.   [pdf]

A Dogma of Metaphysical Realism” American Philosophical Quarterly,January 1995, 32:1-11. [pdf]

Why God is not a Semantic Realist in Realism & Antirealism, ed. Wlm Alston, Ithica: Cornell University Press, 2002. Google Book Search Preview (some pages are missing). [pdf]

Consciousness and Realism. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2007, 14 (1-2): 1-17. JCS  Amazon   [pdf]

Humans using machines, humans as machines: Implications for teaching and learning. Humanities and Technology Review, Fall 2008, 27, 1-23. [pdf]

A Semantics for Virtual Environments and the Ontological Status of Virtual Objects. American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy & Computers, Fall 2009 9(1), pp. 15-19. [pdf]

Causality-Dependent Consciousness and Consciousness-Dependent Causlity Journal of Consciousness Studies, 19, No. 5–6, 2012, pp. 12–39 JCS   [pdf]

Machine Intentionality, the Moral Status of Machines, and the Composition Problem in Philosophy & Theory of Artificial Intelligence, (Ed.) Vincent C. Müller, Springer: New York, NY, 2012, pp. 321-333. [pdf]


Curriculum Vitae

The Mind Project

I am the director of The Mind Project, the author or co-author of more than two dozen interactive online curriculum modules.

Minor in Cognitive Science

I am the director of Illinois State University's Minor in Cognitive Science. Feel free to contact me about this great program.