John Morrison

Title | Organization: 
Assistant Professor | Barnard College

B.A.,  Williams College (2001) 
M.A.,  University of Pittsburgh (2004) 
Ph.D., New York University (2009)

Professor Morrison joined the Department in 2009.  He is currently working on two projects.   The first is about the way we visually represent colors, locations, and durations. It draws heavily on empirical psychology, particularly psychophysics and cognitive psychology.  The second project is about the foundations of Spinoza's metaphysics. He hopes to improve our understanding of Spinoza's three basic, undefined relations: causation, conception, and inherence. He hopes to thereby improve our understanding of Spinoza's view of God and finite things, particularly their essences.

Professor Morrison is currently on leave, thanks to a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Areas of Specialization: 

Philosophy of Mind; Early Modern Philosophy (esp. Spinoza)

Articles / Publications: 

"Colour in a Physical World: A Problem due to Visual Noise," Mind (2012)

"The Relation between Conception and Causation in Spinoza's Metaphysics," Philosophers' Imprint (2013)

"Anti-Atomism about Color Representation" forthcoming in Nous

"Triangulating How Things Look," forthcoming in Mind & Language

"Restricting Spinoza's Causal Axiom," forthcoming in Philosophical Quarterly

"Truth in the Emendation," forthcoming in The Young Spinoza, Yitzhak Melamed (ed.)

Placement Directors, Spring Semester 2016