Professor History & Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language
Department of Philosophy
Mark Wilson is professor of philosophy, a fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science and a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he taught at the University of California-San Diego, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Ohio State. His main research investigates the manner in which physical and mathematical concerns become entangled with issues characteristic of metaphysics and philosophy of language; he is currently writing a book on explanatory structure. He is also interested in the historical dimensions of this interchange; in this vein, he has written on Descartes, Frege, Duhem, and Wittgenstein. He also supervises the North American Traditions Series for Rounder Records.
Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behavior (Oxford University Press, 2006). "Predicate Meets Property," The Philosophical Review, October 1982. "Can We Trust Logical Form?," Journal of Philosophy XCI, October, 1994. "The Unreasonable Uncooperativeness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences," The Monist 2000. "Theory Facades," Proceedings of the Aristotlean Society, 2004. "Ghost Points: A Context for Frege's Context Principle" in Erich Reck and Michael Beaney (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Frege (Routledge: 2006).