David Pitt

A picture of me at a party.
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Philosophy
Office Location: ET A-424
Phone: 323-343-4192 Email: dpitt@calstatela.edu


David Pitt

Email: dpitt@calstatela.edu

Research Interests

I work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and metaphysics. 

Work in Progress
The Quality of Thought, under contract with Oxford University Press

Acquaintance and Phenomenal Concepts, Cambridge Classic Arguments Series: the Knowledge Argument, S. Coleman, ed., Cambridge University Press

Compositionality and Phenomenal Context Effects, special issue of Inquiry edited by B. Brogaard and D. Gratzia

What Kind of Science is Linguistics? Festschrift for Paul Postal, M. Neef and C. Behme, eds.


Conscious Belief, Symposium on Tim Crane’s Aspects of Psychologism, Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Pscologia 7, 2016: 121-26.

Indexical Thought, in U. Kriegel, ed., Phenomenal Intentionality: New Essays, Oxford University Press, 2013

Introspection, Phenomenality and the Availability of Intentional Content, in T. Bayne and M. Montague, eds., Cognitive Phenomenology, Oxford University Press, 2011

Intentional Psychologism, Philosophical Studies 146, October 2009: 117-138

The Phenomenology of Cognition, or What Is It Like to Think That P?, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LXIX, July 2004" 1-36

On Markerese, Philosophical Forum 34, Nos 3&4, Special Issue: The Philosophical Ideas of Jerrold J. Katz, D. Pitt, invited ed., Fall/Winter 2003: 267-300

Reply to Kac, Language 79, March 2003: 197-201

Alter Egos and Their Names, The Journal of Philosophy XCVIII, October 2001: 531-552

Nativism and the Theory of Content, ProtoSociology 14, 2000: 222-239

Compositional Idioms (with Jerrold J. Katz), Language 76, June 2000: 409-432

In Defense of Definitions, Philosophical Psychology 12, June 1999: 139-156

What is Tonality?, International Journal of Musicology IV, 1995: 291-300

(Work in progress; comments appreciated; please do not quote or distribute without permission.)
The Paraphenomenal Hypothesis
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 (I still do, but I've stopped trying). 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

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