Don Dedrick | College of Arts

Don Dedrick

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x53203 (but please use email)
Room 329 MacKinnon Bldg.


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 2020: PHIL 2100 Critical Thinking; 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, 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.

"Some philosophical questions about colour." 2015. In Handbook of Colour Psychology edited by Andrew J. Elliot, Mark Fairchild and Anna Franklin. Cambridge University Press.



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.