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Erik Nelson

Erik Nelson




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I am currently finishing up my PhD at Dalhousie University. My research interests are in Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Mind, with a focus on animal minds and AI. My dissertation argues that nonlinguistic animals have conceptual capabilities, along with a host of other capabilities that come along with those, such as the ability to make inferences, make content explicit, and act normatively. Before coming to University of the Fraser Valley, I taught at both Dalhousie University and Dartmouth College.


PhD, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2023 [expected]
MA, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 2017
BA Honours, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014


(forthcoming) “Kantian Animal Moral Psychology: Empirical Markers for Animal Morality.” Ergo.

2020 “What Frege asked Alex the Parrot: Inferentialism, Number Concepts, and Animal Cognition.” Philosophical Psychology, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 206-227.

I have also written about my work for a wider audience:

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