Alexander Klein, Ph.D. (Indiana-Bloomington)

Email: kleina7@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.23469
Office: University Hall 311

About Me:

I grew up in New Jersey. Before moving to Ontario I lived in Bloomington (Indiana), Ithaca (NY), Los Angeles, Sheffield (England), and Fuzhou (China). I have graduate degrees in history and philosophy of science and in plain old philosophy from Indiana University, where I studied with the philosopher of biology Elisabeth Lloyd. I have done postdocs at the University of Toronto and Cornell University. Outside of academic life I am a dad, a husband, a cyclist, and a listener-of-peculiar-music.

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the histories of analytic philosophy and of pragmatism, with a special emphasis on naturalistic philosophy of mind in that historical context (i.e., late 19th and early 20th century). William James has been a central focus, but through James (of all people) I came to be interested in Russell. I also have material either published or forthcoming on figures like T. H. Green, Quine, Mach, and Peirce. And I have interests in the application of computational tools in the history of philosophy as well.

Selected Publications:

Many of these papers can be accessed through my profile on PhilPeople.

  • (Under Contract). Consciousness Is Motor: Warp and Weft in William James. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (Under Contract). The Oxford Handbook of William James. Ed: Alexander Klein. New York: Oxford University Press
  • (Forthcoming). “The Death of Consciousness? William James’s Case Against Psychological Unobservables.” Journal of the History of Philosophy.
  • (Forthcoming). “Reconsidering William James’s Evolutionary Objection to Epiphenomenalism.” Philosophy of Science: Proceedings of the Biannual PSA, 2018.
  • (Forthcoming). “Ernst Mach and William James.” Interpreting Mach: Critical Essays. Ed. John Preston. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2019). “Between Anarchism and Suicide: On William James’s Religious Therapy.” Philosopher’s Imprint 19 (32): 1 – 18.
  • (2018). “The Curious Case of the Decapitated Frog: On Experiment and Philosophy.” ​British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (5): 890 – 917.
  • (2017). “Russell on Acquaintance with Spatial Properties: The Significance of James.” Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy. Christopher Pincock and Sandra Lapointe, eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 229 – 264.
  • (2015). “Science, Religion, and ‘The Will to Believe.’” HOPOS: Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 5(1): 72 – 117. [Featuring a response from Cheryl Misak.]
  • (2008). “Divide et Impera! William James and Naturalistic Philosophy of Science.” Philosophical Topics, 36 (1): 129–166. [actual publication date: 2010]
  • (2009). “On Hume on Space: Green’s Attack, James’s Empirical Response.” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 47 (3): 415–449.