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David Miguel Gray

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Phone
(901) 678-2535
Fax
(901) 678-4365
Office
327A Clement Hall, Memphis, TN 38152
Office Hours
M 12:30-1:30pm and W 1:30-2:30pm
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About Professor Gray

Professor Gray joined the department in 2017. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems. He received his PhD and MA from Harvard University and his BA from Columbia University. Gray’s areas of specialization include Philosophy of Race and Racism, Philosophy of Psychology, African American Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind. His current research focuses and theories of race and racism, Black Nationalism (especially, Du Bois, Fanon, and Malcolm X), philosophy of psychopathology, and cognitive phenomenology. Gray also has interests in philosophy of language, logic, cognitive science, and philosophy of science (general, evolutionary biology, and cognitive psychology).

Selected Publications

"Counting-ish Creatures and Conceptual Content," Mind. Vol. 123: 492. October 2014. 1141-1146.
"Failing to Self-Ascribe Thought and Motion: Towards a Three-Factor Account of Passivity Symptoms in Schizophrenia," Schizophrenia Research. 152: 1. January 2014. 28-32.
"Racial Norms: A Reinterpretation of Du Bois' 'The Conservation of Races'," The Southern Journal of Philosophy. 51: 4. December 2013. 465-487.
"How Specific Can You Get? Troubles for Cognitive Phenomenology," Southwest Philosophy Review, 29: 1. January 2013. 163-172.
"HOT: Keeping up Appearances?" Southwest Philosophy Review, 28: 1. January 2012. 155-163.

Forthcoming Work

Philosophy of Race: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge Contemporary Introduction to Philosophy (Under Cotnract. Series Information: http://www.routledge.com/books/series/SE0111/)
Conserving Race: The Du Boisian Origins of Contemporary Philosophy of Race. Eds. David Miguel Gray and Chike Jeffers. (Under Review)
“Racial Ontology: A guide for the Perplexed. Part IV: Eliminativist and Revisionist Accounts of Race”. Video for WiPhi Open Access Philosophy.

Recent Presentations

"Racial Objects" - Race and Racism, Oxford University, June 28, 2016.
"Cognitive Phenomenology and the Ascription of Thought” - Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences, Dublin, Ireland, November 5-7, 2014.
"Racial Norms: A Reinterpretation of Du Bois' 'The Conservation of Races'" -(Symposium) American Philosophical Association Eastern Division—December 27-30, 2012 William James Prize Winner, 2012.
"How Specific Can You Get? Troubles for Cognitive Phenomenology" - Southwestern Philosophical Society – November 10, 2012.
"HOT: Keeping up Appearances?" -American Philosophical Association Pacific Division– April 4, 2012 - Southwestern Philosophical Society – November 19, 2011.
"Slow-Switching and the Self-Ascription of Knowledge" -Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 4, Ruhr – University of Bochum – September 30, 2011

Public Philosophy

"Racial Ontology: A guide for the Perplexed. Part I: General Problems." Video for WiPhi Open Access Philosophy. 
"Racial Ontology: A guide for the Perplexed. Part II: Naturalist Accounts of Race." Video for WiPhi Open Access Philosophy. 
"Racial Ontology: A guide for the Perplexed. Part IIIA: Socio-historical Accounts of Race: Artifacts and Naturally-based Kinds." Video for WiPhi Open Access Philosophy. 
"Racial Ontology: A guide for the Perplexed. Part IIIB: Socio-historical Accounts of Race: Socio-historical theories." Video for WiPhi Open Access Philosophy.
"Failing to Ascribe Thought and Motion: Part I" at Imperfect Cognitions 
"Failing to Ascribe Thought and Motion: Part II" at Imperfect Cognitions