David Pitt

A picture of me at a party.
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Philosophy
Office Location: ET A-432
Phone: 323-343-4192 Email: dpitt@exchange.calstatela.edu


David Pitt

Email: dpitt@calstatela.edu

Office Hours

Research Interests

I work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and metaphysics. My current project in philosophy of mind is a phenomenally-based theory of thought content. 

"Indexical Thought" in Phenomenal Intentionality, U Kriegel, ed., Oxford University Press, 2013
"Introspection, Phenomenality and the Availability of Intentional Content" in Cognitive Phenomenology, T Bayne and M Montague, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011
"Intentional Psychologism" Philosophical Studies, 2009
"The Phenomenology of Cognition, or, What Is It Like to Think That P?" Philosophy & Phenomenological Research, 2004
"Mental Representation" Stanford Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2000/2004/2008/2012
"On Markerese" Philosophical Forum, 2003
"Alter Egos and Their Names" Journal of Philosophy, 2001
"Compositional Idioms" Language, 2000 (with Jerrold J. Katz)
"Nativism and the Theory of Content" Protosociology, 2000
"In Defense of Definitions" Philosophical Psychology, 1999
"What Is Tonality?" International Journal of Musiciology, 1995
(Work in progress; comments appreciated; do not quote or distribute without permission.)
"The Paraphenomenal Hypothesis"
"Unconscious Intentionality"
"Realist Bundle Theory"
"The Burgean Intuitions"

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, 1994
    City University of New York, Graduate Center
  • M.A., Music (Composition), 1985
    Queens College, City University of New York
  • B.A., Music, 1981
    Haverford College


I used to want to be a composer. Here are a few of my compositions.

Five Short Pieces for Piano (1985)
Sum Scale Invention (1985) (for solo flute)
• Kyrie (1982) (for a capella chorus SATB) (one of these days)
 Some Links

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind
Dave Chalmers's Page
ANU Centre for Consiousness
Tucson Center for Consciousness Studies
US Philosophy Departments

The Boys

• Moses (1, 2, 3)
• Mr. Peabody (1, 2)

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