Mark Wilson

  • Distinguished Professor of Philosophy [Secondary appointment in HPS]

Mark Wilson is distinguished professor of philosophy, a fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science and a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he taught at the University of California-San Diego, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Ohio State. His main research investigates the manner in which physical and mathematical concerns become entangled with issues characteristic of metaphysics and philosophy of language; he is currently writing a book on explanatory structure. He is also interested in the historical dimensions of this interchange; in this vein, he has written on Descartes, Frege, Duhem, and Wittgenstein. He also supervises the North American Traditions Series for Rounder Records.

Representative Publications

  • Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behavior (Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • "Predicate Meets Property," The Philosophical Review, October 1982.
  • "Can We Trust Logical Form?," Journal of Philosophy XCI, October, 1994.
  • "The Unreasonable Uncooperativeness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences," The Monist 2000.
  • "Theory Facades," Proceedings of the Aristotlean Society, 2004.
  • "Ghost Points: A Context for Frege's Context Principle" in Erich Reck and Michael Beaney (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Frege (Routledge: 2006).