Don Dedrick | College of Arts

Don Dedrick

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Philosophy
Email: 
ddedrick@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x53203 (but please use email)
Office: 
Room 329 MacKinnon Bldg.

Education
 

Ph.D. (1993) University of Toronto
B.A. (1982), M.A. (1984) Carleton University

  

Research and Teaching
 

Colour perception and categorization, cognitive science and its foundations, culture and cognition.

Much of my research has been focused on the study of colour categorization (colour concepts & colour language). I am interested in the cognitive abilities that underlie colour naming, and in the ways in which those abilities interact with and are shaped by culture. I have published a book and a number of articles on these topics. I have general interests in the foundations of cognitive science and in the relevance of evolution to culture in a broad sense. Most of my publications can be accessed here.
 

I often teach Critical Thinking (PHIL 2100) and the Philosophy of Art (PHIL 3050). In the Psychology Dept., I teach courses on Minds, Brains and Machines (PSYC 3280) and Evolutionary Psychology (PSYC 3100).
Teaching in Fall 2021: PHIL 6050/60 Philosophy Graduate Seminar
 

Graduate Supervision: I'd like to talk to MA and PhD students that are interested in cognitive science and its foundations, culture and cognition, evolutionary psychology, and the philosophy of art. I am always interested in the intersection of philosophy and other disciplines and practices such as psychology, biology, cognitive science, and art. Recently, I've taught senior/graduate courses on free-will and neuroscience, experimental philosophy, evolutionary aesthetics, and the psychological origin of concepts.

 
Recent Publications
 

"Colour Classification in Natural Languages." 2021, forthcoming. Knowledge Organization.

"Colour, colour language, and culture." 2020. In Routledge Handbook to the Philosophy of Colour edited by D. Brown and F. Macpherson. Routledge.

"Is an appeal to popularity a fallacy of popularity?" 2019. Informal Logic, Vol. 39, No. 2.

"The Phenomenology of Color." 2019. In Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology edited by R. Luo. Springer Verlag.

 

Funding

2013. LEH (Learning Enhancement Fund), University of Guelph. "Logic in context." $12,900.

2005-2008. SSHRC Standard Research Grant. "Cognition and Colour." $59,759.

2005. SSHRC Workshop Grant. "Zencon: The work of Zenon Pylyshyn." $16,713.

 

 

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.