Eric M. Funkhouser

Eric M. Funkhouser


J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


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Eric Funkhouser’s main areas of research interest are philosophy of psychology/mind and metaphysics. He has published a book on the structure of scientific kinds and their taxonomies – The Logical Structure of Kinds (OUP, 2014). This book developed a theory of properties and kinds, with special applications to multiple realizability and reduction in the philosophy of mind. He is currently writing a book on self-deception for Routledge's New Problems of Philosophy series. He is also working on another book, The Signaling Mind: Belief as Social Manipulation, in which he develops a signaling theory for beliefs.



Eric Funkhouser works primarily in the philosophy of psychology, mind, and action. He also does research in metaphysics, especially as it bears on the philosophy of science (mind, especially).

The nature of belief, rationality, and deception. Introducing philosophy (especially as a humanity that has significant crossover with the sciences). Metaphysics. Philosophy of language.

PhD, Syracuse

"Beliefs as Signals: A New Function for Belief," (Philosophical Psychology, 2017).

"Is Self-Deception an Effective Non-Cooperative Strategy?," (Biology and Philosophy, 2017).

"Robust, Unconscious Self-Deception: Strategic and Flexible," (with David Barrett) (Philosophical Psychology, 2016).

"Imagination and Other Scripts," (with Shannon Spaulding) (Philosophical Studies, 2009).

"Self-Deception and the Limits of Folk Psychology," (Social Theory and Practice, 2009).

"Frankfurt Cases and Overdetermination," (Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2009).

"A Liberal Conception of Multiple Realizability," (Philosophical Studies, 2007).

"The Determinable-Determinate Relation," (Nous, 2006).

"Do the Self-Deceived Get What They Want?," (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2005).

"Willing Belief and the Norm of Truth," (Philosophical Studies, 2003).

"Three Varieties of Causal Overdetermination," (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2002).