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. My dissertation 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!


November 19, 2019 - Looking forward to heading to Penn State University this Thursday for the 2nd meeting of the Richard Rorty Society, where I'll be presenting a paper entitled "Rorty as Ideal Language Philosopher". Looking forward to seeing old friends, and meeting new, in the 'Rortysphere'.

September 17, 2019 - Pleased to say that a paper of mine, "What should the idealist critique of naturalism be?" was accepted for publication in Inquiry. Link to follow once it's online.

August 26, 2019 - As the Fall semester creeps ever closer, I'm looking forward to its familiar hustle and bustle, though wishing, as are many, no doubt, that I had another couple of weeks of summer free-time to get more done!