University of Pittsburgh
Primary Faculty

Edouard Machery

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Placement Director


1017 CL
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My research focuses on the philosophical issues raised by the cognitive sciences. I have written extensively about concepts: I have argued that the notion of concept is ill-suited for a scientific psychology, and I have criticized the neo-empiricist accounts of concepts. My current research focuses on the methodology of experimental psychology, with a special focus on null hypothesis significance testing, external validity, and issues in statistics. Recent research projects and publications also include the nature and origin of racial categorization, the application of evolutionary theories to human cognition, the nature of culture, and the structure of moral concepts. Finally, I am involved in the development of experimental philosophy, and I have used experimental and quasi-experimental methods to study intuitions about reference, folk judgments about intentional action, causation, the folk concept of race, and the folk concept of phenomenal consciousness.


PhD, philosophy, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2004

Selected Courses Taught

Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Experimental Philosophy

Epistemology of Experimental Practices

Selected/Recent Publications

Machery, E. 2009. Doing without Concepts. New York: Oxford University Press.

Linquist, S., Machery, E., Griffiths, P. E., and Stotz, K. 2011. "Exploring the Folk Biological Conception of Human Nature," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 444-453.

Sytsma, J., and Machery, E. 2010. "Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience." Philosophical Studies, 151, 299-327.

Mallon, R., Machery, E., Nichols, S., and Stich, S.P. 2009. "Against Arguments From Reference. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 79, 332-356.

Machery, E. 2007. "Concept Empiricism: A Methodological Critique." Cognition, 104, 19-46.

Machery, E. "Massive Modularity and Brain Evolution." Philosophy of Science, 74, 825-838.

Machery, E. 2005. "Concepts are Not a Natural Kind." Philosophy of Science, 72, 444-467.

Machery, E., and Faucher, L. 2005. "Social Construction and the Concept of Race." Philosophy of Science, 1208-1219.

Machery, E., Mallon, R., Nichols, S., and Stich, S. P. 2004. "Semantics, Cross-cultural Style." Cognition, 92, 3, B1-B12.

Professional Office

Associate Editor of the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.