Frederick Adams is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Central Michigan University. He publishes mainly on topics in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of science.
Varol Akman is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. His current research is concentrated in theoretical areas of artificial intelligence such as commonsense reasoning, and additionally, philosophical logic and semantics. From 1980 to 1985, Akman was a Fulbright scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, where he received a Ph.D. degree in computer and systems engineering. Prior to Bilkent, he held a senior researcher position with the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam, and a post-doctoral position with the Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Kathleen Biddick is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. She is currently working on a series of essays on historical and contemporary problems of engendering, sexualizing and enracing visibility and the construction of technocultural identities along the borders of institutionalized "humanism" and institutionalized "virtuality." Some of her current publications include The Devil's Anal Eye: Inquisitorial Optics and the Ethnographic Authority (forthcoming); "Genders, Bodies, Borders: Technologies of the Visible," in Speculum, 68 (1993); "Humanist History and the Hauntings of Virtual Worlds: Problems of Memory and Rememoration," in Genders, 18 (1993).
Fred Bookstein, a former Fellow of the Institute for the Humanities, is Distinguished Research Scientist in the Center for Human Growth and Development, the University of Michigan. He is concerned principally with the rhetoric of quantitative evidence in the sciences and in the humanities. Among his many publications dealing with the graphical semiotics of biological shape change is Morphometric Tools for Landmark Data" (1991)
Jaap van Brakel has degrees in chemical engineering and philosophy and is currently professor of philosophy of technology at Delft University of Technology. His research interests include: (1) giving form to philosophy of technology by integrating (and "fusing") methodological, epistemological, and ontological aspects on the one hand with social, political, and moral aspects on the other; (2) philosophical aspects of "sustainable" technological development; (3) foundations of cognitive science; (4) natural kinds; (5) colour; (6) emotion; (7) ethnocentricity and intercultural communication; (8) foundations of the concept of chance.
Don Byrd is a poet and Professor of English at the State University of New York at Albany. His publications include Aesop's Garden, The Great Dime Store Centennial, Charles Olson's Maximus, and, most recently, The Poetics of the Common Knowledge (SUNY UP, 1994). He is currently editing a special issue of The Little Magazine on Cyborg Performance and Poetics.
Bliss Carnochan is Richard W. Lyman Professor of the Humanities at Stanford. His most recent book is The Battleground of the Curriculum: Liberal Education and American Experience, published by the Stanford University Press.
Gregory Currie was educated at the London School of Economics and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the philosophy department at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. His most recent book is The Nature of Fiction, Cambridge University Press, 1990, and his Imagination and the Image: Philosophy, Film and Cognitive Science will be published by Cambridge in 1995. He is now working on a project which connects imagination with the debate in cognitive science concerning simulation theory.
Hubert L. Dreyfus is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1960 to 1968. His publications include: (with Stuart Dreyfus) "Making a Mind vs. Modeling the Brain: AI Back at a Branchpoint," Daedalus, (1988), (with Stuart Dreyfus) Mind Over Machine: The Power of Human Intuitive Expertise in the Era of the Computer, Free Press (1986). Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time, Division I, The MIT Press (1991). Husserl, Intentionality, and Cognitive Science, Bradford/MIT Press (1982). And a third edition of his 1972 book criticising AI, now entitled: What Computers Still Can't Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason, The MIT Press (1992).
John Dupré is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Program in History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford University. He works in the philosophy of science, with a specialization in the philosophy of biology and of economics, and on metaphysics, epistemology, and feminist philosophy. As well as numerous articles in philosophical journals and anthologies, he is the author of The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science (Harvard, 1993), and the editor of The Latest on the Best: Essays on Evolution and Optimality (MIT, 1987)
Richard Eldridge is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He is the author of On Moral Personhood: Philosophy, Literature, Criticism, and Self-Understanding. In 1993-94 he is a Humanites Forum Senior Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, where he is completing a book on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.
Regenia Gagnier is Professor of English and Director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. She teaches 19th-Century British culture and society, social theory, and feminist theory. Her books include Idylls of the Marketplace: Oscar Wild and the Victorian Public, (Stanford, 1986), Critical Essays on Oscar Wilde (G.K.Hall 1991) and Subjectivities,: A History of Self-Representation in Britain, 1832-1920 (Oxford, 1991). She received a number of honors and fellowships, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship (1991-1992) and the Mzrta Sutton Weeks Faculty Scholarship in the Humanities for 1992-1995. She is currently writing a book on economics and aesthetics, or the values of market society.
Robert Pogue Harrison is Associate Professor of French and Italian at Stanford University. He is the author of The Body Of Beatrice, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988 and of Forests, Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1992.
N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles, is the author of Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science, Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1990. She is presently at work on a book entitled Virtual Bodies: Literature, Cybernetics, Information exploring the relationship between changing modes of representation in contemporary literature and electronic writing.
Norman N. Holland is Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida. He is the author of eleven books applying psychoanalytic psychology and, recently, cognitive science to literary problems. Among them are 5 Readers Reading (1975), The I (1985), and The Brain of Robert Frost (1988).
Paul Johnston is a member of the English Department at SUNY Plattsburgh. His doctoral dissertation--"The Confidence of Edmund Wilson"--studies the referentiality of language in the range of contexts found in Wilson's writings, from diaries, letters, and journalism to history, fiction, and literary and social criticism.
Suvir Kaul is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University and the author of Thomas Gray and Literary Authority, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1993, a book that assumes that literary criticism is at its most precise when it abandons the certitudes of positivist thought.
Reinhard Keil-Slawik is Professor of Computer Science at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute, University of Paderborn, Germany. His research interests in software ergonomics, software engineering, history of computing, computer supported cooperative work, etc, all try to address a similar issue: How to design and evaluate computer-based artifacts embedded in human working practices in a social context.
Kevin Korb is Lecturer in Computer Science at Monash University in Australia. He teaches courses in machine learning and artificial intelligence and has research interests in automating inductive inference, causal and probabilistic reasoning, the philosophy of science and cognitive science. He is an associate editor of Psyche: an interdisciplinary journal of research on consciousness. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, 1992.
Maurizio Matteuzzi is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Language in the Department of Philosophy and of Artificial Intelligence in the Psychology Department of the University of Bologna .He has worked extensively on the relationship between ordinary and formalized languages, and on the problem of meaning in philosophical activity, in particular from the epistemological standpoint. Among his many publications are "A note on the notion of `theory'" in Quantity and Quality, and "On Herbrand's theorem in many-valued logics". His most recent book is La macchia di colore, FuoriThema, 1993.
David S. Miall is Associate Professor of English at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research spans several interests: British Romantic literature, especially Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Gothic novel, the psychology of reader response, classroom methods in the teaching of English, and the application of computers in the Humanities. He has published articles in a wide range of journals and is the editor of two books, Metaphor: Problems and Perspectives (Harvester, 1982) and Humanities and the Computer: New Directions (Oxford University Press, 1990). He is Academic Director of the biannual Coleridge Summer Conference, held in Somerset, England.
Paul Miers teaches in the English Department at Towson State University. He has done postdoctoral work in literary theory at the University of California, Irvine and in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. His essays on connectionism have appeared in MLN and Postmodern Culture. He is currently finishing The Allegory of Mind, a connectionist account of representation and the discourse of cognitive philosophy.
Janet Horowitz Murray is Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Humanities and Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at MIT. She has one life in the 19th century as a student of the English novel and English social history,and another in the 21st century as developer of interactive video and natural language processing systems for humanities education and research. She has published widely in both fields including Strong-Minded Women and Other: Lost Voices from Nineteenth-Century England (Pantheon 1982) and A la rencontre de Philippe (Yale University Press 1993) an interactive videodisc narrative for learning French, for which she has won a Gold Cindy and an Educom award.
Adriano P. Palma is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University Istanbul, Turkey and an associate of CREA in Paris. Among his publications are "Parataxis", in Lingua e Stile, 1, 1989 and "Hopes and Doubts", in the European Yearbook of Philosophy, CSLI Publications, University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Mukesh J. Patel, is an ERCIM Research Fellow (funded by the EU) working on self-learning robots, complex adaptive systems and theoretical issues of semantics, representation and problem solving at the Politecnico di Milano. He completed his PhD on Models of Mental Represenations at the University of Edinburgh, Centre for Cognitive Science (1989) and worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow on Human Computer Interaction and learning issues at the Univeristy of Sussex (1991). After a six month stint at the German National Research Center, Bonn to work on Concept formations, he spent a year at UC Berkely working on Intelligent Tutoring Systems and related HCI issues.
Jean Petitot is a mathematician interested in dynamical modeling in cognitive sciences. He is currently "Directeur d'Etudes" at the "Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales" in Paris where he manages the "Seminar of Philosophy of Mathematics" and the "Center for Cognitive and Semiotic Modeling". He is also a member of the CREA (Applied Epistemology Research Center) at the Ecole Polytechnique. He is the author of Morphogenèse du Sens, Paris, PUF, 1985 and Les catastrophes de la parole: de Roman Jakobson a René Thom, Paris, Maloine, c1985 and of more than 150 papers.
Brian Rotman is an independent scholar. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Memphis, Tennessee. His most recent book is Ad Infinitum... the Ghost in Turing's Machine, published by Stanford University Press, 1993.
Ronald Schleifer is Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and editor of Genre and the Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory, a series of interdisciplinary books published by the University of Oklahoma Press. His most recent book is Culture and Cognition: The Boundaries of Literary and Scientific Inquiry (Cornell, 1992), co-authored with Robert Con Davis and Nancy Mergler. He also written A.J. Greimas and the Nature of Meaning, (Routledge, 1987), and Rhetoric and Death: The Language of Modernism and Postmodern Discourse Theory (Illinois, 1990). He is co-editor with Robert Con Davis of Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies (Longman, 1994).
Brian Cantwell Smith is Principal Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and consulting Associate Professor of Philosophy of Philosophy at Stanford University. He received his doctorate in computer science at MIT in 1981 for his design of 3-Lisp, the world's first reflective programming language. Since then he has worked on the foundations of computation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. He was also: a founder and principal investigator of the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI); a founder and first President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsiblity (CPSR); and involved in area and laboratory management at PARC during the 1980s. A book on metaphysics, On the Origins of Objects, is forthcoming from the MIT Press.
Mark Turner is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Among his many publications are: Reading Minds: The Study of English in the Age of Cognitive Science. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991; More than Cool Reason: a Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor, (With George Lakoff). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989 and "Computers, Literary Theory, and Theory of Meaning" (with Gregory Colomb) in The Future of Literary Theory. Edited by Ralph Cohen. New York: Routledge, 1989. He will be a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behaviorial Sciences, at Stanford, in 1994-1995.
Stefano Velotti is Assistant Professor of French and Italian at Yale University. He is working on a book on Giambattista Vico and is the author of Adolf Loos. Stile e Paradosso (De Donato, Bari 1986).
Helga C. Wild received her doctorate in psychology and physiology in Austria. She came to Stanford as a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology. Since then she has gone from being a researcher who studies the brain to becoming a scientist who investigates the cultural and social conditions of research. In a book to be published by Stanford Press she endeavors to place scientific disciplines into the larger framework of social practices. She is an I.R.L. (Institute for Research on Learning) affiliate and a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
James A. Winn is Professor of English, Professor of Music, and Mary Fair Croushore Professor of Humanities at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Institute for the Humanities. His scholarly writings range from Homer to the Beatles, with particular emphasis on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and on the relations between poetry and the other arts, especially music. Among his books are Unsuspected Eloquence: A History of the Relations between Poetry and Music (1981), John Dryden and his World (1987), and `When Beauty Fires the Blood': Love and the Arts in the Age of Dryden (1992).
Sylvia Wynter, a former writer (plays, a novel) now teaches at Stanford University with a joint appointment in Spanish and Portuguese and African and Afro-American Studies. Her essays relating to the issue of aesthetics include "On Disenchanting Discourse: `Minority' Literary Criticism and Beyond." in Abdul P. Jan Mohamed & David Lloyd (eds.) The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse, 1990; and "Rethinking `Aesthetics:' Notes Towards a Deciphering Practice." Mbye B. Cham (ed.), Africa World Press, 1992.
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