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Philosophy Department

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building
PHONE: (208) 885-7107
FAX: (208) 885-5102
E-MAIL: phil@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Philosophy Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3173, 83844-3173
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Bert Baumgaertner

Bert Baumgaertner

Office: Administration 323
Phone: 208-885-5997
Email: bbaum@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Philosophy Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443016
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3016

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2011

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • epistemology
    • Mind and language
    • Philosophy of Science
  • Biography

    Bert Baumgaertner is assistant professor at the University of Idaho.  His research lies at the intersection of philosophy and the cognitive and social sciences. His approach to issues in these areas is informed by a computational perspective. The theory of computation continues to inform our understanding of the nature of knowledge, language and the mind, which have been Bert's primary areas of interest (you might call this, roughly, philosophy of artificial intelligence). His most recent work extends a computational methodology to include issues in social epistemology.  Bert is also interested in a wide range of areas in both the humanities and the sciences, especially when they come in contact with computation and evolution.

  • Selected Publications
    This is a partial list of Professor Baumgaertner's publications. For a complete list, see www.bertbaum.com.

    • Baumgaertner, B., Fernandez, R., Stone, M. (2012) \Towards a Flexible Semantics: Colour Terms in Collaborative Reference Tasks" Proceedings of the First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM), Montreal, Canada
    • Baumgaertner, B. (2012) \Vagueness Intuitions and the Mobility of Cognitive Sortals" Minds and Machines, Vol. 22, No. 3, 213-234. (DOI: 10.1007/s11023-012-9273-3)
    • Baumgaertner, B. (2012) \Mind" Chapter in Philosophy of Information: A Simple Introduction (to appear online)
    • Baumgaertner, B. (2011) \Dynamic Concepts" (July) Mnemosyne 1
  • Research Projects
    • ABM (Agent-Based Modeling) Group, Fall 2010 - present
    • Department of Psychology (Je Schank), University of California, Davis
    • Philosophy of Biology Lab, Winter 2010 - present
    • Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis
    • Vagueness Circle, Fall 2011
    • Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam
    • Philosophy of Science Research Group, 2007-2008
    • Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario Philosophy and Psychology Research Group, 2007-2008
    • Departments of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Western Ontario
  • Awards and Honors
    • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Graduate studies award for excellence in teaching at UC Davis ($250), 2013 2 of 7
    • The Michael V. Wedin Teaching Award Teaching award for excellence in graduate student teaching at UC Davis, 2012
    • Social Sciences Dean's Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence Research award for doctoral students at University of California, Davis, whose record of achievement demonstrates exceptional promise in research and scholarship ($1,000), 2012
    • OGS Award Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000), 2008-2009 (Declined)
    • SSHRC CGS Master's Scholarship Canadian Graduate Scholarship ($17,500 for 1 year), 2007-2008, Wilfrid Laurier University
    • Arts Students Advancement Program Funding for conference participation at undergraduate conference (PPUPA in Edmonton, Alberta), (approx. $ 2,500), 2006
    • Graham Solomon Logic Prize Cash prize for student with highest attained grade in Logic (approx $600), 2005

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