Thomas Breed


1009F CL
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh, I obtained a BA in Philosophy from the University of Warwick and an MA in Language and Cognition from King’s College London. From Warwick I also picked up my interest in contemporary philosophy of mind, Continental philosophy, and the history of philosophy, and from KCL my interest in computational linguistics and radical contextualism. I’m still trying to figure out how all of these things fit together!

My research interests lie predominantly in the philosophy of perception, epistemology, and the philosophy of language, with a particular focus on developing the connections between these three areas. In this spirit, in my dissertation I develop an inferentialist account of the content of perceptual experience that takes seriously the metaphor of the testimony of the senses, arguing that we can understand attributions of content to experience by analogy with assertion. However, I try to pursue my interest in such contemporary issues always with an eye to their historical precursors, especially in Kant and Hegel.

Outside of philosophy, I enjoy heavy metal, long-distance running, and playing old-time clawhammer banjo.