David Pitt

lecture in progress
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Philosophy
Office ETA-424


David Pitt

Email: [email protected]

Research Interests

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

The Quality of Thought, in press, Oxford University Press

A Return to Simple Sentences, Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Reference, S. Biggs and H. Geirsson, eds., New York: Routledge, 2020: 145-52

Loar’s Compromised Internalism, in A. Sullivan, ed., Sensations, Thoughts, Language: Essays in Honor of Brian Loar, A. Sullivan, ed., New York: Routledge, 2019: 203-224

Acquaintance and Phenomenal Concepts, Cambridge Classic Arguments Series: the Knowledge Argument, S. Coleman, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2019: 87-101

“Consciousness and Intentionality,” in R. Gennaro, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, New York: Routledge, 2018: 260-270

“What Kind of Science is Linguistics?” in C. Behme and M. Neef, eds., Essays on Linguistic Realism, John Benjamins, 2018: 7-20

“The Paraphenomenal Hypothesis,” Analysis 77, October 2017: 735–741

Phenomenal Compositionality and Context Effects, Inquiry 61, September 2017: 494-498

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

Conscious Thinking, in H. Pashler, ed., Encyclopedia of the Mind, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2013: 186-189

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

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


US Philosophy Departments