Brandon Beasley

I am a PhD Candidate (ABD) in philosophy at the University of Calgary. My dissertation is about pragmatist approaches to intentionality and normativity in nature; that is, it is animated by the question of the place of mind and agency in the natural world. In particular, I focus on pragmatist views of conceptual understanding in the context of its importance to human mindedness in general and as within a broadly post-Kantian tradition. I also work on Hegel and, in general, the connections between German Idealism, pragmatism, and analytic philosophy. My supervisor is Mark Migotti.

I held a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2015-2018), and from September 2017 to March 2018 was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Philosophy, working with Robert Brandom.

Please use the links at the top of the page to find out more about me and my research. Thanks for stopping by!


September 16, 2020 - My paper, "Naturalism Without a Subject: Huw Price's Pragmatism" in Inquiry is now published online:

August 25, 2020 - My review of the collection Responses to Naturalism: Critical Perspectives from Idealism and Pragmatism, edited by Paul Giladi, is now published online (pre-print) at International Journal of Philosophical Studies.

May 4, 2020 - I am grateful to have won the UCalgary Philosophy Department's Graduate Essay award! See the link for more information.

December 1, 2019 - Very happy that my paper "What should the idealist critique of naturalism be?" is now available online at Inquiry: