Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Rationality, Cognitive Science.
José Luis Bermúdez is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, where he has served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning. Before joining Texas A&M in 2010 he was Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Programs in Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Bermúdez has published seven single-author books and six edited volumes. His research interests are interdisciplinary in nature at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. His first book, The Paradox of Self-Consciousness (MIT Press, 1998) analyzed the nature of self-awareness. Thinking without Words (Oxford UP, 2003) offered a model for thinking about the cognitive achievements and abilities of prelinguistic infants and nonlinguistic humans. Decision Theory and Rationality (Oxford UP, 2009) explores tensions in how the concept of rationality is defined and formalized in different academic disciplines.
The second edition of his textbook Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2014, with the third edition in preparation. He published Philosophy of Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction with Routledge in 2005. He is the editor of the New Problems in Philosophy book series, published by Routledge.
Understanding “I”: Language and Thought was published by Oxford UP in 2017 and The Bodily Self: Selected Essays by MIT Press in 2018. He is currently working on a book entitled The Power of Frames for Camridge UP, supported by an ACLS fellowship for 2018-2019 and an NEH Summer Stipend for 2018.