Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Harvard University, B.A., Wellesley College
- STH 503
Interests: History and Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, History of Early Analytic Philosophy, Wittgenstein, Kant, Aesthetics
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Professor Floyd’s research interests include the history of analytic philosophy, Kant, Wittgenstein, the philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of language, eighteenth century philosophy, and aesthetics. A prominent strand in her research is investigation of contrasting accounts of the nature of objectivity and reason. She is an expert on the history of twentieth century philosophy, both in its Anglo-American and in its European forms, and the split between them that emerged as a result of two World Wars and developments in the foundations of mathematics and logic that revolutionized the ways in which philosophy and science were practiced on both sides of the Atlantic. She taught at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (1990-1996) before joining the faculty at Boston University. She has been a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna (2007) the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2009), the University of Bordeaux 3, Université Michel de Montaigne (2012) and a Fellow of the Dibner Institute at MIT (1998-9) and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, an institute of advanced study at the Georg August University, Göttingen (2009-10). She has received grants from the American Academy in Berlin, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Association, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the C.U.N.Y. Research Foundation, and Wellesley College.
Professor Floyd has co-edited (with S. Shieh) Future Pasts: The Analytic Tradition in Twentieth Century Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2001; on line version 2004) and authored many articles. She is currently working on a manuscript treating the impact on Wittgenstein in the mid-1930s of Turing’s and Gödel’s undecidability and incompleteness results.
Selected Recent Works (Uncorrected Proofs):
“Wittgenstein, Carnap and Turing: Contrasting Notions of Analysis”, Carnap’s Ideal of Explication, ed. Pierre Wagner (Basingstoke, U.K., Palgrave Macmillan 2012), pp. 34-46.
“Wang and Wittgenstein”, in Hao Wang: Logician and Philosopher, eds. C. Parsons, M. Link (London: College Publications, 2011), pp. 143-190. [pdf]
“Das Überraschende: Wittgenstein on the Surprising in Mathematics”, in Jon Ellis and Daniel Guevara, eds., Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). French translation : “Das Überraschende: Wittgenstein et Le Surprenant dans les Mathématiques”, in Claude Romano, ed., Wittgenstein, Les Éditions du CERF (forthcoming in French, trans. Valérie Aucouturier). Portuguese translation: “Das Überraschende: Wittgenstein sobre o surpreender em Matemática”, (trans. M. Condé), forthcoming, BOLEMA, A Brazilian Journal for the Philosophy of Mathematics April, 2011 (38): 127-169. [pdf]
“Wittgenstein’s Diagonal Argument: A Variation on Cantor and Turing”, in Epistemology versus Ontology: Essays on the Philosophy and Foundations of Mathematics in Honour of Per Martin-Löf, eds. Peter Dybjer, Sten Lindström, Erik Palmgren and Göran Sundholm (Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science Series, Springer Verlag, forthcoming 2012). [pdf]
“Rawls’s Restatement of Justice as Fairness: An Introductory Overview”, in K. Dethloff, N. Charlotte, R. Staubmann, and A. Weiberg, Hgs., Humane Existenz. Reflexionen zur Ethik in einer pluralistischen Gesellschaft (Berlin: Parerga, 2007), pp. 17-35. [pdf]
“Wittgenstein and the Inexpressible” in A. Crary, ed., Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond (MIT Press, 2007), pp. 177-234. [pdf]
“Wittgenstein über das Überraschende in der Mathematik”, trans. Joachim Schulte, in M. Kross, Hsg., <<Ein Netz von Normen>> Ludwig Wittgenstein und die Mathematik (Berlin: Parerga Verlag, 2008), pp. 41-77.
“Wittgensteins ‚berüchtigter’ Paragraph über das Gödel-Theorem: Neuere Diskussionen“ (with Hilary Putnam), in Prosa oder Besweis? Wittgensteins ›berüchtigte‹ Bemerkungen zu Gödel, Texte und Dokumente, Esther Ramharter hrsg., (Berlin: Parerga Verlag, 2008), pp. 75-97.
“On Being Surprised: Wittgenstein on Aspect Perception, Logic and Mathematics”, in V. Krebs and W. Day, eds., Seeing Wittgenstein Anew: New Essays on Aspect Seeing (Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 314-337. [pdf]
Editorial preface to translation into English of “Gottlob Frege, Letters to Ludwig Wittgenstein”, in E. De Pellegrin, ed., Interactive Wittgenstein: Essays in Memory of Georg Henrik von Wright (Dordrecht (etc.), Springer Verlag, Synthese Library vol. 349, 2011), pp. 1-14. [pdf]
Translation into English of “Gottlob Frege, Letters to Ludwig Wittgenstein” (with Burton Dreben) in E. De Pellegrin, ed., Interactive Wittgenstein: Essays in Memory of Georg Henrik von Wright (Dordrecht (etc.), Springer Verlag, Synthese Library vol. 349, 2011), pp. 15-73 [pdf]
“The Frege-Wittgenstein Correspondence: Interpretive Themes”, in E. De Pellegrin, ed., Interactive Wittgenstein: Essays in Memory of Georg Henrik von Wright (Dordrecht (etc.), Springer Verlag, Synthese Library vol. 349, 2011), pp. 75-107. [pdf]
“Recent Themes in the History of Early Analytic Philosophy”, for “Current Scholarship” series in The Journal of the History of Philosophy, 47, 2, April 2009: 157-200 [pdf]