Christopher Peacocke was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University from 1989 to 2000, then Professor at NYU, before moving to Columbia University in 2004, where he is currently the Johnsonian Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department. He works on the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, and the perception of music.



Metaphysics First: Explanatory Priority in Philosophy
Peacocke will offer arguments that the metaphysics of a domain is more fundamental in the order of philosophical explanation than the theory of intentional contents concerning that domain, or the theory of meaning for language about that domain. He will illustrate and elaborate this explanatory priority, contrast it with some other leading views, and explore its consequences for some classical large-scale philosophical issues.

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Concert Hall