Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy - MS 14
Houston, TX 77005-1892
Areas of Research:
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology,
Cognitive/Affective Science, Action Theory, Moral Psychology (and,
here and there, the Philosophy of Art)
I joined Rice's Philosophy Department in the summer of 2015. My
work is primarily in the philosophy of mind (desire, mental
representation, concepts, consciousness) and in moral psychology
(desire, addiction, moral responsibility, deliberation).
I wrote a dissertation on the nature of mental representation at
Stanford University under Fred Dretske, way back in 1998. But those
ideas didn't go far, and so I turned to thinking about the nature
of desire (wants, wishes) from a similarly naturalistic starting
point. Now I'm the author of a book on the nature of desire, Three
Faces of Desire (2004: Oxford University Press), of which I am more
than reasonably proud. More reasonable is being proud of the book
Nomy Arpaly and I recently published, titled In Praise of Desire
(2014: OUP). It's on acting for reasons, desiring, and virtue,
mainly, and to a lesser extent on deliberation, inner struggle,
addiction, love, care, thinking for reasons, pleasure, moral
ignorance, and the souls of people who play violent video games.
That book puts together my work on desire with Nomy's work on
praise- and blameworthiness, and the result is, I hope, pretty darn
neat. These days, I've returned to a long-stalled book project
tentatively titled Reasons from Atoms, the goal of which is to
explain the (low-level) neuroscience of action to philosophers, and
propose some interpretations of that neuroscience.
As a teacher, I can typically be found teaching Introduction to
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and graduate seminars on
consciousness, rationality, and related topics.
My personal website can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/timschroedershomepage/