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Dr Julia Tanney

Reader in Philosophy of Mind and Head of Department


Office: CGA, Room N.03a


Julia Tanney is an international expert on the philosophy of Gilbert Ryle and the later Wittgenstein and has written numerous articles in philosophy of mind, focussing especially on reason explanation, normativity, rule-following, and self-knowledge.

Dr Tanney was educated at UCLA where she studied with David Pears and Philippa Foot, and at the University of Michigan where she wrote her Ph.D. dissertation under the supervision of Crispin Wright, Allan Gibbard, and David Velleman. She has taught Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations for over 15 years, in the UK as well as in France, where she has held visiting and guest professorships at the Université de Picardie (Amiens) and the Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne). She is presently working with her students on a project that brings her Wittgenstein course to the virtual environment of Second Life.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Tanney, J. (2013). Rules, Reason and Self-Knowledge. [Online]. Harvard, USA: Harvard University Press.
Tanney, J. (2009). Real Rules. Synthese [Online] 171:499-507.
Tanney, J. (2008). The Colour Flows Back: Intention and Interpretation in Literature and in Everyday Action. Journal of European Studies [Online] 38:229-252.
Tanney, J. (2005). Reason-Explanation and the Contents of Mind. Ratio 18:338-351.
Tanney, J. (2004). On the Conceptual, Psychological, and Moral Status of Zombies, Swamp-Beings, and other 'Behaviourally Indistinguishable' Creatures. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research [Online] LXIX:173-186.
Tanney, J. (2000). Playing the Rule-Following Game. Philosophy 75:203-224.
Tanney, J. (1999). Normativity and Thought. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, SV LXXXIII [Online] 73:45-61.
Tanney, J. (1998). How to Resist Mental Representations (Evaluation of book by Tim Crane). International Journal of Philosophical Studies 6:264-278.
Tanney, J. (1998). Investigating Cultures: A Critique of Cognitive Anthropology. Journal of the Royal Institute for Anthropological Studies [Online] 4:669-688.
Tanney, J. (1996). A Constructivist Picture of Self-Knowledge. Philosophy [Online] 71:405-422.
Tanney, J. (1995). Why Reasons May Not be Causes. Mind and Language [Online] 10:103-126.
Tanney, J. (1995). De-Individualizing Norms of Rationality. Philosophical Studies [Online] 79:237-258.
Book section
Tanney, J. (2014). Achilles and the Tortoise, Rule-Following, and the Intellectualist Legend. in: Moyal-Sharrock, D., Munz, V. and Coliva, A. eds. Mind, Language, and Action: Proceedings of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg Am Wechsel, Austria, 2013. Walter de Gruyter.
Tanney, J. (2014). Prolégomènes d'une investigation cartographique des concepts de cause et de raison. in: Clot-Goudard, R. émi ed. L'Explication de l'Action. Paris: Vrin, pp. 147-167.
Tanney, J. (2013). Ryle’s Conceptual Cartography. in: Reck, E. H. ed. The Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 94-112.
Tanney, J. (2013). Causation vs. Reasons in Action Explanation. in: Kaldis, B. ed. Encyclopaedia of the Philosophy and the Social Sciences. London: Sage, pp. 73-78.
Tanney, J. (2013). Amorphie conceptuelle, raisons et causes, trad. Nicolas Delon (with response by McDowell, 284-287). in: Al-Saleh, C. and Le Goff, A. eds. Autour de "L'Esprit et le monde" de John McDowell. Paris: Vrin, pp. 205-22.
Tanney, J. (2013). Prolegomena to a Cartographical Investigation of Cause and Reason. in: D'Oro, G. and Sandis, C. eds. Reasons and Causes: Causalism and Non-Causalism in the Philosophy of Action. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 124-140.
Tanney, J. (2012). [Gilbert] Ryle. in: O'Connor, T. and Sandis, C. eds. Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Blackwell, pp. 562-569.
Tanney, J. (2012). Conceptual Cartography and Aesthetics. in: Le Du, M., Plaud, S. and Arbo, A. eds. Les raisons de l'esthétique, à partir de Wittgenstein. Frankfurt, Germany: Ontos Verlag, pp. 97-116.
Tanney, J. (2011). Ryle’s Regress and The Philosophy of Cognitive Science. in: Laugier, S. and Al-Saleh, C. eds. J. L. Austin et La Philosophie du Langage Ordinaire. Hildesheim, Germany: Olms, pp. 447-467.
Tanney, J. (2009). Foreword. in: Ryle, G. ed. Collected Essays 1929 - 1968. London: Routledge, p. vii-xix.
Tanney, J. (2009). Foreword. in: Ryle, G. ed. Critical Essays. London: Routledge, p. vii-xx.
Tanney, J. (2009). Ryle’s Regress and Cognitive Science. in: Ambroise, B. and Laugier, S. eds. La Philosophie d'Oxford au 20ème Siècle: Approches du Sens Commun. France: Hildesheim: Olms.
Tanney, J. (2009). Rethinking Ryle: A Critical Discussion of The Concept of Mind. in: The Concept of Mind: 60th Anniversary Edition. Routledge, p. ix-lix.
Tanney, J. (2008). Reasons as Non-Causal, Context-Placing Explanations. in: Sandis, C. ed. New Essays on the Explanation of Action. Palgrave MacMillan.
Tanney, J. (2005). “Une Cartographie des Concepts Mentaux”, Critical Introduction. in: La Notion d'Esprit (The Concept of Mind). France: Payot, pp. 7-70.
Tanney, J. (2002). Self-knowledge, Normativity, and Construction. in: Logic, Thought and Language. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 37-55.
Tanney, J. (2011). Reason in Philosophy. 71:595-597.
Tanney, J. (2007). Review of 'Speaking My Mind: Expression and Self-Knowledge'. [Online] 116:727-732.
Tanney, J. (2006). Review of 'Saving the Differences: Essays on Themes from Truth and Objectivity'. [Online] 19:121-125.
Tanney, J. (2005). Review of 'The Myths We Live By'. [Online] 45:268-269.
Tanney, J. (2004). Review of 'Rails to Infinity: Essays on Themes from Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations'. 54:183-186.
Tanney, J. (2001). Review of 'Wittgenstein's Art of Investigation'. 42:303-305.
Tanney, J. (1997). Review of 'Self Expressions - Mind, Morals, and The Meaning of Life'. 38:247-249.
Tanney, J. (1997). The Ability to Think about Causes Sperber, D., Premack, D. and Premack, A. J. eds. [Online] 5:135-137.
Tanney, J. (1995). Cognitive Drive. 3:194-196.
Tanney, J. (1995). Naturalizing Meaning. 45:137-139.
Tanney, J. (1994). Wittgenstein's Contribution Griffiths, A. P. ed. 18:970-973.
Tanney, J. (1992). Enduring Personality. :22-22.
Internet publication
Tanney, J. (2009). Gilbert Ryle [Encyclopedia Entry for Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy ].
Total publications in KAR: 41 [See all in KAR]
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