Brandon Beasley

I am a PhD Candidate (ABD) in philosophy at the University of Calgary. I work on pragmatist approaches to intentionality, meaning, and normativity, animated by the question of the place of mind and agency in the natural world. My dissertation argues that such a pragmatist view must avoid a pervasive dilemma which threatens all accounts of reason in nature. 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!


May 12, 2021 - My review of Robert Brandom's long-awaited A Spirit of Trust, his book on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, is now online at Hegel Bulletin. As always, if you don't have access and would like a copy, please email me.

March 25, 2021 - A rare nice thing caused by the pandemic: I was able to present, via video, a paper at the University of Connecticut Philosophy Department's lunchtime 'brown bag' series. Thanks to all those at UConn who attended, and in particular to Lionel Shapiro and Tracy Llanera for setting it up. Further, I'll be presenting at the Richard Rorty Society panel at the APA Pacific, also by video, on April 5, 2021 at 3pm PDT; my paper is called "Political or Metaphysical? Overcoming a Rortyan Dichotomy from Representation to Liberalism". If you're "attending" the APA, please stop by!

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