Brandon Beasley, Ph.D.
I am a Lecturer in the Departments of Humanities and General Education at Mount Royal University, and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. I completed my PhD at the University of Calgary in January 2024.
I work on pragmatist approaches to intentionality, meaning, naturalism, and normativity, animated by the question of the place of mind and agency in the natural world. As such, my work engages with issues in contemporary philosophy of mind and language, as well as, and in interaction with, work on historical pragmatist philosophers (in particular Dewey, Peirce, and Sellars). I also work on Kant and Hegel and, in general, at the intersection of German Idealism, pragmatism, and analytic philosophy.
Feb 13, 2024 - Today, my PhD was officially conferred upon me by the University of Calgary, so that this date is the one that history will record should I be lucky enough to be remembered by it. Of course, by academic tradition and convention, I've been Dr. Beasley since last month!
Jan 11, 2024 - Yesterday I successfully defended my PhD dissertation, "Pragmatism and the Problem of Mind in Nature", with no revisions. Many thanks to all who helped me get to this point! Click here to download a PDF.
Jan 5, 2024 - A busy semester of teaching begins today, at both Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. I'm looking forward to the challenge.