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Brett Karlan

Brett Karlan

Assistant Professor // Philosophy

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 7128


Phone: 765-494-4287

Brett Karlan is an assistant professor in philosophy at Purdue University. He earned his PhD in philosophy from Princeton University, and previously held postdoctoral positions in the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and neurobiology at the University of Iowa (go Hawks).

Brett’s work is primarily focused on the intersection of the philosophy of science (especially cognitive science and artificial intelligence) and normative philosophy (especially epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of action). His work has been published in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ratio, the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, and Neuropsychology, among other venues. He has also been a researcher on two interdisciplinary grants funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, bringing philosophical reflection
into direct contact with computer scientists, psychologists, engineers, and animal cognition researchers.


Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology