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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.

Recent Publications

Tollefsen, D. Groups as Agents, Polity press (forthcoming 2015).  

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. A dynamic theory of shared intention. (2014) In S. Chant & F. Hindriks (Eds.) From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New Essays, 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

“Collective Epistemic Agency”, Northwestern University, Collective Epistemology Conference, October 23-25

“Collective Epistemic Agency”, University of Michigan, Mid-West Epistemology Workshop, October 17-18

"Groups with Attitudes," University of Copenhagen, Thinking (about) Groups conference, October 8-10

"Groups with Attitudes," University of Bochum, Dimensions of Intentionality conference, Sept. 29-Oct 1

"Socially Extended Cognition and Epistemology," Collective Intentionality IX, Indiana University, Sept. 8-11
Deborah Tollefsen
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 (Spring 2015): MW 10.15am-11.15am
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