Thomas D. Bontly

Associate Professor


Tom Bontly’s research centers on several interrelated issues: the nature of mind, the basis of meaning, and the multifarious relations between both of these and the physical. My working assumption is that mental phenomena should be understood in terms of their representational properties, and that these in turn are best explained within a causal-teleological theory of content. His research interests also include various topics in metaphysics (especially the nature of causation), epistemology, metaphilosophy, the philosophy of biology, and environmental ethics.