Assistant Professor of Philosophy
on leave - Spring 2014
John Morrison, assistant professor of philosophy, joined Barnard’s faculty in 2009. His research is primarily focused on the philosophy of mind and the history of modern philosophy. His other research interests include metaphysics, medieval philosophy, the philosophy of language and logic.
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 his three basic, undefined relations: causation: conception, and inherence. He also hopes to improve our understanding of the role of God's attributes (e.g., extension) in Spinoza's arguments.
At Barnard he teaches courses on the philosophy of psychology, the history of modern philosophy, and logic.
Philosophy of the mind
History of modern philosophy