Assistant Professor
Degrees: Ph.D., Sheffield
Expertise: Dr. Fitzpatrick has special interest in philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology.


  • PL 270-51:  Analytic Philosophy, AD 29 , MWF 9:00-9:50AM
  • PL 270-52:  Analytic Philosophy, AD 29, MWF 11:00-11:50AM
  • PL 450B-51:  Seminar:  Animal Minds, AD 49, MWF 1:00-1:50PM


Current Research Projects:

- Normative cognition in non-human animals.
-The role of reasoning about intentions and other mental states in moral judgment (including work in conjunction with the AHRC Culture and The Mind Project ).
-History of scientific debates about animal minds, especially the work of Conwy Lloyd Morgan.
- Simplicity / parsimony in science (Ockham’s Razor).

Publications (see for online papers):

- Moral realism, moral disagreement, and moral psychology. Philosophical Papers, forthcoming.
- Kelly on Ockham’s Razor and truth-finding efficiency. Philosophy of Science, forthcoming.
- Simplicity in the philosophy of science. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, forthcoming.
- Brain in a vat. New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy, forthcoming.
- Doing away with the No Miracles Argument. In Dennis Dieks & Vassilios Karakostas (eds.), Recent Progress in Philosophy of Science: Perspectives and Foundational Problems. Springer, forthcoming.
- The primate mindreading controversy: a case study in simplicity and methodology in animal psychology. In Robert Lurz (ed.), The Philosophy of Animal Minds. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Doing away with Morgan’s Canon. Mind and Language, 23(2), 224-246, 2008.

Courses Taught:

PL101: Introduction to Philosophy
PL270: Analytic Philosophy
PL375: Philosophy of Science
PL379: Philosophy of Mind
PL450: Animal Minds Seminar