Anthony F. Beavers, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • The University of Evansville
  • 1800 Lincoln Avenue
  • Evansville, Indiana 47722
  • 812-455-0186

Education                                                                                               

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1990. Thesis Title: The Metaphysics of Affectivity and Ethical Responsibility.
  • M.A., Philosophy, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1987. Thesis Title: Sartre and Husserl: The Disclosure of the Subject.
  • B.A., Philosophy, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1985.


Research Areas

  • Philosophy of Information, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Computational Philosophy (primarily regarding Artificial Intelligence, Machine Ethics, Cognitive Modeling and Philosophy of Mind), History of Philosophy, Meta-ethics (including especially technological threats to moral realism and Information Ethics)


Academic Posts


Awards

  • 2013 Dean's Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Evansville.
  • 2012-2013 Greek Advisor of the Year Award, Office of Student Life, The University of Evansville.
  • 2012 World Technology Award in Ethics, Sponsored by TIME, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS and the MIT Technology Review.

Publications

  • Computational Philosophy. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, in progress, forthcoming subject to final review.
  • The Origins of the Philosophy of Information. In The Routledge Handbook to the Philosophy of Information, edited by Luciano Floridi, Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Ethical Issues in Affective Computing. In Affective Sciences in Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction, edited by Myounghoon Jeon, Elsevier, forthcoming.
  • Practically Turing. Cybertalk Magazine 3 (2013): 32-33. A redaction of Alan Turing: Mathematical Mechanist listed below.
  • Exploring Wolfram's Notion of Computational Irreducibility with a Two-Dimensional Cellular Automaton (with Drew Reisinger, Taylor Martin, Mason Blankenship, Chris Harrison and Jesse Squires). In Irreducibility and Computational Equivalence: Wolfram Science 10 Years After the Publication of A New Kind of Science, edited by Hector Zenil, (Springer, Emergence, Complexity and Computation Book Series, 2013), 263-272.
  • Could and Should the Ought Disappear from Ethics? (Slides). In Digital Ethics: Research and Practice, edited by Don Heider and Adrienne Massinari (Peter Lang, Digital Formations Series, 2012): 197-209.



In Process


Edited Volumes

  • Inforgs and the Infosphere: Themes from Luciano Floridi's Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Special Issue of The Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI), in progress, forthcoming, 2014.
  • Philosophy in the Age of Information: A Symposium on Luciano Floridi's Philosophy of Information, Special Issue of Minds and Machines: Journal for Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science, 24.1, 2014.
  • Ethics and Affective Computing, Special Issue of The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Transactions on Affective Computing 3.4, 2012.
  • Computational Philosophy, Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behavior, 2012.
  • Representing Philosophy (with Colin Allen), Special Issue of Synthese 182.2, 2011.
  • Robot Ethics and Human Ethics, Special Issue of Ethics and Information Technology 12.3, 2010.


Review Articles


In Process

  • Review of The Ethics of Information by Luciano Floridi. Minds and Machines: Journal for Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science, forthcoming.
  • Review of The Moral Status of Technical Artifacts edited by Peter Kroes and Peter-Paul Verbeek. Digital Ethics Reviews. Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, Loyola University (Chicago), forthcoming.


Speaking Engagements


Courses Taught

  • Philosophy of Information; Philosophy of Information Technology; Information Ethics; Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence; Artificial Intelligence and Human Cognition; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Complex Systems; Philosophy of Technology; Science Technology and Society; Philosophical Psychology; Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience; Emergence and Reduction; Introduction to Cognitive Science; Symbolic Logic; Modern European Philosophy; Kant's Critical Philosophy; Ancient Greek Philosophy; Plato's Psychological Dialogues (Symposium, Phaedrus, Republic & Phaedo); Plato's Republic; Plato's Later Dialogues (Parmenides, Theatetus, Sophist & Statesman); Plato and Nietzsche; 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy; Phenomenology and Existentialism; Heidegger's Being and Time; Heidegger's Nietzsche; Kierkegaard; Ethical Theory; Applied Ethics; Kantian Ethics; Kant and the Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (Kant and Levinas); Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy and the Judeo-Christian Tradition; Early Church History; Patristic Theology; Philosophical Anthropology.
  • For more information on my teaching, see http://faculty.evansville.edu/tb2/teaching.htm.


Grants and Fellowships ($397,900)

  • Support for the International Association for Computing and Philosophy Annual Conference, The Office of Naval Research, Summer 2013, $15,000.
  • Technological Enhancement of Humanistic Education: Modeling Student Interaction in a Classroom Setting (Austin Willis, Co-PI), UExplore Undergraduate Research Program, The University of Evansville, Summer 2013, $7,250.
  • Transforming Standard Databases into Teleodynamic and Predictive Mechanisms (Christopher Harrison, Co-PI), UExplore Undergraduate Research Program, The University of Evansville, Summer 2011, $10,585.
  • Computer Simulations in the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities (Co-director with Marvin Croy, Patrick Grim and Mirsad Hadzikadic), 2010-2012, $155,415.
  • InPhO @ Work: Providing Integrated Access to Philosophy, National Endowment for the Humanities (C. Allen, PI), Subcontract to the University of Evansville from Indiana University, 2009-2011, $35,000.
  • Noesis: Philosophical Research Online, Digital Humanities Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2008-2009, $75,400.
  • Travel Grant for Noesis: Philosophical Research Online, Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship, University of Evansville, 2008, $750.
  • Library Development Grant for Resources in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences, Wheeler Fund, University of Evansville, 2007, $1,250.
  • Travel Grant for Noesis: Philosophical Research Online, Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship, University of Evansville, 2007, $750.
  • Library Development Grant for Resources in Cognitive Science, Wheeler Fund, University of Evansville, 2004, $1,400.
  • Internet Technology Research and Development Grant, Office of the President, University of Evansville, 1999-2001, $42,900.
  • Software Development Grant, The Experiential and Collaborative Environment for Learning, University of Evansville, 1998, $7,500.
  • Software Development Grant, The Experiential and Collaborative Environment for Learning, University of Evansville, 1997, $2,500.
  • Internet Technology Research and Development Grant, Office of the President, University of Evansville, 1996-1998, $42,200.


Conferences, Institutes, Symposia and Workshops


Other Related Activities

  • Consultant, The Philosophy Program and the School of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, January, 2014.
  • Dissertation Reviewer, The Philosophy of Information: Ethical, Ontological and Epistemic Perspectives by Steven McKinlay, Charles Sturt University, Australia, 2013.
  • Consultant, Network Analysis of Admissions Data (with Drew Reisinger), The University of Evansville, Summer 2013.
  • Grant Reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2013.
  • Grant Reviewer and Panelist, The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant ProgramNational Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., June 2nd, 2009 and May 24th, 2011.
  • Journal Referee, The Journal of Business Ethics, 2009; Ethics and Information Technology, 2009-2011; The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 2009; Minds and Machines, 2010-2013; Information Sciences, 2010 & 2011; Philosophy & Technology, 2010-2014; Philosophy of Science, 2011; IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Spectrum, 2011; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 2012; Synthese, 2010-2014; Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 2012; Information, 2012; The Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics, 2012-2014. Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, 2013.
  • Book Manuscript and Proposal Reviewer, Columbia University Press, 2006; Routledge, 2006 & 2008; Cambridge University Press, 2008 & 2009; Polity Press, 2008; MIT Press, 2009; Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; Springer, 2013; Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Member, Poster Prize Committee, The Society for Philosophy and Psychology, June, 2009.
  • Area Editor, Philosophy of Computing and InformationPhilPapers, edited by David Chalmers and David Bourget, 2009-2013.
  • Member, Website Services Committee, Consortium on Cognitive Science Instruction, 2008-2012.
  • Affiliated Researcher, InPhO: The Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project, Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University, since 2007.
  • Member, Steering Committee, North American Division of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, 2004-2008.
  • Member, The American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Computers, 2000-2003.
  • Philosophy Editor, Student Advantage Research, 1999-2000.
  • Author, Miscellaneous Encyclopedia Articles (on classical themes and for various projects), 1998-2003.
  • Editor, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online, since 1998.
  • Grant Reviewer, Curriculum Development Grant Program, Seton Hall University, 1997.
  • Grant Reviewer, The National Endowment for the Humanities, 1997.
  • Editor, Argos: Limited Area Search of the Ancient and Medieval Internet, 1996-2000.


Service to the University (Partial Listing)

  • Faculty Representative, The Strategic Prioritization Steering Committee (consisting of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, The Vice President of Fiscal Affairs and Administration, The Vice President of Student Life, The Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, The Executive Director of International Relations, and a faculty representative), 2013-2014.
  • Member, Joint Enrollment Committee (consisting of representatives from the faculty and the Office of Admissions), since 2013.
  • Philosophy Program Coordinator, since 2012.
  • Member, Academic Leadership Committee (made up of Deans, Chairs and Program Directors, and reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs), since 2011.
  • Member, Neuroscience Program Committee, since 2011.
  • Chair, Cognitive Science Curriculum Review and Revision Committee, 2007-2008.
  • Co-chair (with Lora Becker), Cognitive and Neural Science Consortium, 2007-2013.
  • Member, Ad Hoc Code of Conduct Ethics Committee, 2007.
  • Member, Ad Hoc University Religious Identity Committee, 2006-2007.
  • Robotics Minor Representative, Engineering Minor Curriculum Development Committee, College of Engineering and Computer Science, 2006.
  • Member, Neuroscience Curriculum Review and Revision Committee, Department of Psychology, 2006.
  • Co-chair (with Lora Becker),  Crick Lecture Series in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences, 2005-2013.
  • Member, Cognitive Psychology Hiring Committee, Department of Psychology, 2004-2005.
  • Director of Cognitive Science, University of Evansville, 2004-2013.
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate Data Loss in the University Computer Network, 2004.
  • Member, Datatel Investigation Committee, 2004.
  • Member, Academic Technology Assessment Committee, 2003-2004. (Chair, Diagnostics and Assessment Subcommittee, 2003).
  • Chair, Cognitive Science Curriculum Development Committee, 2002-2004.
  • Associate Director and Academic Advisor, The Interdisciplinary Program in Internet Technology, College of Engineering and Computer Science, 2001-2002.
  • Member, Internet Technology Curriculum Development Committee, College of Engineering and Computer Science, 2000-2001.
  • Director, The Internet Applications Laboratory, University of Evansville, 1998-2002.
  • Chair, Discussion 300 Curriculum Development Committee, 1994-1995.
  • Faculty Advisor, Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society: University of Evansville Chapter, 1993-1994.
  • Mentor, Undeclared Freshmen Program, 1993-1994.
  • Member, World Cultures Revision Committee, 1992-1997.
  • Member, University Curriculum Committee, 1992-1996.


On Campus Lectures and Presentations

  • Integrating Research into the Humanities Classroom using Multi-Agent Word Processing, Faculty Grant Workshop, The University of Evansville, May 7th, 2013.
  • Complexity and Cognition: Circuits not Software. Crick Lecture in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences, The University of Evansville, April 11th, 2012.
  • Recursion, Memory and Information Entropy in Dynamic Associative Networks. Cognitive Neuroscience Club, The University of Evansville, November 30th, 2011.
  • Deriving Semantic Meaning by Measuring the Quantity of Information Flow. Fall Faculty Conference, The University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, August 17th, 2011.
  • Monkeys, Mind Control and Virtual Reality Video Games. University of Evansville Admissions Office Road Trip Open House, February 19th, 2011.
  • When Your Profile Knows More about You than You Do: The Power of Cognitive Computing, or Why I Left FacebookCrick Lecture in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences, The University of Evansville, September 27th, 2010.
  • The Philosophical Implications of Signal Transduction. Cognitive and Neural Science Research Group, University of Evansville, September, 30th, 2009.
  • Is Noesis Noetic and Why Does this Matter? Cognitive and Neural Science Research Group, University of Evansville, 2008. (View Slides)
  • Some Cognitive Functions of Elementary Artificial Networks. Cognitive and Neural Science Research Group, University of Evansville, 2008. (View Slides)
  • Emergence, Interactivity and the Game of Life: An Argument against Intelligent Design. Physics Club Lecture, University of Evansville, 2005.
  • Pedagogy and Situated Cognition: Technique and Technology in the Evolution of Intelligence. Andiron Lecture, University of Evansville, 2005.
  • Edison, Bell and the Future of Educational Technology. Wednesday Mornings at the University of Evansville, 2005.
  • Personal Identity and Community in the Age of Information. Andiron Lecture, University of Evansville, 2002.
  • The University of Evansville's Program in Internet Technology. Board of Trustees, University of Evansville, 2001. Also presented to the Washington D.C. Area Alumni Association of the University of Evansville, Washington D.C., 2001.
  • A Progress Report on Research from the Internet Applications Laboratory. Evansville Chamber of Commerce Meeting at the University of Evansville, 2001.
  • Exploring Ancient World Cultures on the World Wide Web. World Culture Faculty, Fall Faculty Conference, University of Evansville, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1999.
  • Ancient Near-Eastern Literature and the Deconstruction of Civility. World Cultures Faculty, University of Evansville, 1995.
  • The Internet as a New Instructional Technology. Board of Trustees, University of Evansville, 1995.
  • The Origins of Science in Ancient Greece. World Cultures Faculty, University of Evansville, 1994.
  • Emmanuel Levinas and the Prophetic Voice of Postmodernity. Andiron Lecture, University of Evansville, 1993.


Some Publicity

  • Peter Suber, Noesis: Is It a Library with Built-in Searching or a Search Engine with a Built-in Library? Syllabus Magazine, March 2002.
  • Bill Uzgalis, Searching Phenomenology and Cyberspace: An Interview with Anthony BeaversNewsletter on Philosophy and Computers, American Philosophical Association, Volume 00.1 (2000).
  • James Prichard, In Search Of: University Offers Dedicated Philosophy Search Engine. Associated Press, March 21st, 2000.
  • Thomas Stone, philosophy@the.internet (on the Noesis search engine). The Philosophers' Magazine (Britain), Winter, 1999.
  • Matt Richtel, Where to Check That Plato Quotation. New York Times, March 5th, 1998.
  • Interview on using the Internet to teach Plato for The Best of Our Knowledge, produced at WAMC in Albany, New York, syndicated on National Public Radio, aired May 6th, 1998.
  • Lisa Guernsey, Plato Pages Introduce Students to Dialogues. The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30th, 1998.
  • Richard Poynder, Modern Tools for Ancient Historians. Information World Review (Britain), January, 1997.
  • The Changing Face of Searching: Context-Sensitive Search Engines Like Argos are Providing a Solutions Focus to the Internet. Dataquest: The Business of Infotech (India), December, 1996.
  • Argos: A Peer-reviewed Limited Area Search Engine for the Web. SDSCwire: Newsletter of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, October 30th, 1996.
  • Jeffrey Young, Professor Develops 'Peer-Reviewed Search Engine'. Chronicle of Higher Education: Academe Today, October 10th, 1996. Also in Campus Review (Australia), October, 1996.


Professional Memberships


Honor Societies


References

  • Colin Allen, Ph.D. (colallen@indiana.edu), Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science & Graduate Director, Program in Cognitive Science, Indiana University.
  • Selmer Bringsjord, Ph.D. (selmer@rpi.edu), Professor of Logic, Cognitive Science and Computer Science, Chair of Cognitive Science, and Director of the Rensselaer Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning (RAIR) Lab, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Charles Ess, Ph.D. (cmess@drury.edu), Distinguished Research Professor, Global Studies, Drury University, and Professor, Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University.
  • Luciano Floridi, Ph.D. (luciano.floridi@philosophy.ox.ac.uk),  Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute.
  • James H. Moor, Ph.D. (James (dot) Moor (at) Dartmouth (dot) edu), Daniel P. Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, Dartmouth College.
  • Peter Suber, Ph.D., J.D. (peters@earlham.edu), Fellow, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, and Research Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College.