Stainton, Robert J. (H.) 1964-

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STAINTON, Robert J. (H.) 1964-

PERSONAL: Born September 20, 1964. Education: York University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1987, B.A. (philosophy and political science), 1988; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1993; Rutgers University, postdoctoral studies, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Home—11 Prudhomme Priv., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G2, Canada. Office—Department of Philosophy, 2104 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario KIS 5B6, Canada; fax: 613-520-3962. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, research coordinator, 1988-91; Salem State College, Salem, MA, lecturer in philosophy, 1991; Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, assistant professor of philosophy, 1993-97, associate professor of philosophy and linguistics, 1997—, research chair in cognitive science, 2001—. University of Massachusetts, visiting scholar, 1996; Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University, visiting researcher, 1997; University of Puerto Rico, visiting associate professor, 1999.

AWARDS, HONORS: Andrew W. Mellon fellow in humanities, 1988; Research Achievement Award, Carleton University, 1999; Marston LaFrance research fellowship, 2001-02; Premier's Research Excellence Award, 2002.


Philosophical Perspectives on Language, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996.

(Editor, with Kumiko Murasugi) Philosophy and Linguistics, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1999.

(With Andrew Brook) Knowledge and Mind: A Philosophical Introduction, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2000.

(Editor) Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language: A Concise Anthology, Broadview (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), 2000.

SIDELIGHTS: Robert Stainton is an associate professor of philosophy and linguistics at Carleton University. His research interests include the philosophy of language, cognitive science, philosophy of the mind, analytic metaphysics, and logic.

Stainton's book Philosophical Perspectives on Language is a textbook for upper-level college students. The book is organized around the theme that language is a system of symbols that is known and used. Stainton also presents the viewpoints and theories of leading thinkers regarding the philosophy of language.

Stainton coauthored Knowledge and Mind: A Philosophical Introduction with Andrew Brook. Sean Crawford, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, called the work "an engaging and accessible first-year introduction to epistemology and philosophy of mind."



Canadian Philosophical Review, October, 1996, L. W. Colter, review of Philosophical Perspectives on Language, pp. 376-377.

Choice, April, 1997, J. Churchill, review of Philosophical Perspectives on Language, p. 1353.

Dialogue, summer, 1998, Phil Dwyer, review of Philosophical Perspectives on Language, pp. 611-613; summer, 2000, Gregory N. Carlson and Francis Jeffry Pelletier, review of Philosophy and Linguistics, pp. 605-608.

Times Literary Supplement, April 12, 2002, Sean Crawford, "A Cloudy Landscape," p. 29.


Broadview Press Web site, (September 7, 2002).

Carleton University Web site, (September 7, 2002), "Robert Stainton."

MIT Press Web site, (September 7, 2002).*