Mark Wilson

  • Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Mark Wilson is distinguished 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 central research investigates the manner in which physical and mathematical concerns become entangled with issues characteristic of metaphysics and philosophy of language. He is also interested in the historical dimensions of these interchanges; in this vein, he has written on Descartes, Leibniz, Newton, Frege, Duhem and Hertz. He also oversees the North American Traditions Collection of Folk Music.

Representative Publications

  • "Predicate Meets Property," The Philosophical Review, October 1982.
  • Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behavior (Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • What is Classical Physics Anyway?” in R. Batterman, ed., The Oxford Handbook in Philosophy of Physics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Physics Avoidance and Other Essays (Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • Innovation and Certainty (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
  • Imitation of Rigor: An Alternative History of Analytic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2022).