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Philosophy Department

Physical Address:
332 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
    • Publications
      1. Baumgaertner, B., Fernandez, R., Stone, M. (2012) \Towards a Flexible Semantics: Colour
      Terms in Collaborative Reference Tasks" Proceedings of the First Joint Conference on Lex-
      ical and Computational Semantics (*SEM), Montreal, Canada
      2. 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)
      1. Baumgaertner, B. (2012) \Mind" Chapter in Philosophy of Information: A Simple Intro-
      duction (to appear online)
      2. 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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