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Deborah Tollefsen

Professor Tollefsen (PhD, Ohio State University) joined the department in 2002. Prior to her PhD, she received a BA in philosophy from St. Anselm College and an MA in philosophy from the University of South Carolina. Her research and teaching interests include philosophy of mind, epistemology, and social ontology. Her work has appeared in such journals as Episteme, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Philosophical Explorations, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

Curriculum vitae

Recent Publications

Tollefsen, D. A dynamic theory of shared intention. (in press) In S. Chant & F. Hindriks (Eds.) From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New Essays, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Tollefsen, D., Kruez, R. & Dale, R. (in press) Flavors of togetherness: experimental philosophy and theories of joint action. In J. Knobe & S. Nichols Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Tollefsen, D., Dale, R. & Paxton, A. 2013. Alignment, transactive memory, and collective cognitive systems. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 4 (1): 49-64.

Tollefsen, D., Dale, R. and Olsen, L. 2013. The devil’s in the details: mental institutions and proper engagement. In Merritt, M. and Varga, S. (Eds.) Cognitive Systems Research, 25-26; pp. 35-39.

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

"Learning From Groups." First Extended Knowledge Workshop. University of Edinburgh (June 2013)

"Collective Epistemic Agency" to be presented at a workshop entitled: Social complexes: Parts and wholes. Perspectives from ethics, metaphysics and philosophy of action, University of Lund, Sweden (October 2013).

"The Loss of Epistemic Innocence" to be presented at a session honoring Peter French's work at the Central APA (February 2014).

Contact Details
Professor of Philosophy
Office: 109 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-4689
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: dtollfsn<at>memphis<dot>edu
Office Hours: by appointment
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