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Dr Aaron Cotnoir

Arché role: Arché Advisory Committee

Current Projects: Metaphysics and Logic (Principal Investigator)

Past Projects: Models, Modality and Meaning (Co-investigator) and Metaphysics: Identity, Existence & Structure (Principal investigator)

 

Research

Dr A.J. Cotnoir joined the department in 2012 after a PhD at the University of Connecticut and a two-year postdoc at the University of Aberdeen. His main research areas are in metaphysics and philosophical logic.

In metaphysics, his recent work has focused on the question: what makes for unity, sameness, or wholeness? Dr Cotnoir has published widely on the relationship between mereology (the formal theory of parthood and composition) and identity. This interest extends into related questions in ontology, topology, and modality.

In philosophical logic, his work centers on the nature of truth and logical consequence. A key question is whether truth (and logical consequence) have one nature or many or perhaps even none. Dr Cotnoir has published on truth pluralism, logical nihilism, and the semantic paradoxes. 

Dr Cotnoir also has research interests in philosophical theology, and philosophy of religion generally.

For more, see his personal page at www.cotnoir.org.

Selected publications

Natural axioms for classical mereology

Cotnoir, A. & Varzi, A., Mar 2019, In : The Review of Symbolic Logic. 12, 1, p. 201-208 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Is Weak Supplementation analytic?

Cotnoir, A., 27 Dec 2018, In : Synthese. In press

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

How to make donuts and cut things in half

Cotnoir, A., 2017, (Accepted/In press) Graham Priest on Dialetheism and Paraconsistency. Springer, (Outstanding Contributions to Logic).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mutual Indwelling

Cotnoir, A. J., Apr 2017, In : Faith and Philosophy. 34, 2, p. 123-151 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Theism and dialetheism

Cotnoir, A. J., 2018, In : Australasian Journal of Philosophy. 96, 3, p. 592-609 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Does universalism entail extensionalism?

Cotnoir, A., Mar 2016, In : Noûs. 50, 1, p. 121-132 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

From truth pluralism to ontological pluralism and back

Cotnoir, A. & Edwards, D. O., Mar 2015, In : Journal of Philosophy. 112, 3, p. 113-140 113.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Composition as general identity

Cotnoir, A., Dec 2013, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. Bennett, K. & Zimmerman, D. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Vol. 8. (Oxford Series in Metaphysics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Validity for strong pluralists

Cotnoir, A., May 2013, In : Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 86, 3, p. 563-579 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Non-wellfounded mereology

Cotnoir, A. & Bacon, A., Jun 2012, In : The Review of Symbolic Logic. 5, 2, p. 187-204 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle