Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO May 2017
Dissertation: Model and World: Generalizing the Ontic Conception of Scientific Explanation
Committee: Carl Craver (advisor), John Heil, Ron Mallon, Anya Plutynski, Stuart Glennan (outside committee member)
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO December 2010
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Philosophy of science, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of neuroscience.
AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, feminist philosophy.
9. (Forthcoming). Povich, Mark. “Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience: Multifield Mechanistic Integration in Practice,” Theory & Psychology.
8. (Forthcoming). Povich, Mark. “The Narrow Ontic Counterfactual Account of Distinctively Mathematical Explanation,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
7. (Forthcoming). Povich, Mark and Carl F. Craver. “Review of Marc Lange's Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics,” Philosophical Review.
6. (Forthcoming). Povich, Mark. “Social Knowledge and Supervenience Revisited,” Erkenntnis. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-017-9926-y
5. (Forthcoming). Povich, Mark. “Mechanistic Explanation in Psychology,” in The SAGE Handbook of Theoretical Psychology. (Eds.) Hank Stam and Huib Looren de Jong.
4. (2018). Povich, Mark. “Minimal Models and the Generalized Ontic Conception of Scientific Explanation,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 69, 117–37. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axw019
3. (2017). Craver, Carl F. and Mark Povich. “The Directionality of Distinctively Mathematical Explanations,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 63, 31–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2017.04.005
2. (2017). Povich, Mark and Carl F. Craver. “Mechanistic Levels, Reduction, and Emergence,” in The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy. (Eds.) Stuart Glennan and Phyllis Illari, 185–97.
1. (2015). Povich, Mark. “Mechanisms and Model-Based Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” Philosophy of Science, 82, 1035–46. https://doi.org/10.1086/683438
WORK IN PROGRESS
Povich, Mark. “Modality and Constitution in Distinctively Mathematical Explanations”.
Povich, Mark. “Truth, Dependence, and the Positivist Conflations”.
Povich, Mark. Varieties of Dependence and Explanation. Book manuscript.
Povich, Mark. “Ontological Realism and the Ontic Conception of Scientific Explanation”.
Povich, Mark. “Information and Explanation: A Dilemma”.
Lee, Sangil, Mark Povich, Ryan Hoopes, Joel Myerson, and Leonard Green. “The Effect of Symbolic Information on Delay Discounting of Real Liquid Rewards”.
CONFERENCE TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Mechanistic Explanation in Cognitive Science”. Workshop on Compositional Explanation in Biology and the Neurosciences. Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. October 25-26, 2019.
“Models and Mechanisms in Cognitive Science”. Mechanisms in Indiana – A Roundtable and Workshop. Indianapolis, Indiana. March 22-23, 2019.
“Comments on William D'Alessandro’s ‘Viewing-as Explanations and Ontic Dependence’.” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting in New York, NY. January 7-10, 2019.
“The Narrow Counterfactual Account of Distinctively Mathematical Explanation”. (Poster). 26th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Seattle, WA. November 1-4, 2018.
“The Directionality of Distinctively Mathematical Explanations” (co-authored with and presented by Carl Craver). Colloquium at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. October 24, 2017.
“Comments on Emily Prychitko’s ‘Establishing Constitutive Relevance in Mechanisms’.” The Society for Metaphysics of Science at Fordham University. October 5-7, 2017.
“Model and World: Generalizing the Ontic Conception of Scientific Explanation”. Colloquium at Washington University in St. Louis. April 13, 2017.
“Information and Explanation: An Inconsistent Triad”. (Poster). 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (Atlanta, GA). November 3-5, 2016.
“Implications of Robustness for the Theory of Explanation”. (Poster). Robustness in Neurological Systems Conference, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh. November 14, 2015.
“Accuracy and Explanation in Minimal Models”. Saint Louis Area Philosophy of Science Association (SLAPSA). St. Louis, Missouri. February 28, 2015.
“Mechanisms and Model-Based fMRI”. 24th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (Chicago, IL). November 7, 2014.
“The Effect of Symbolic Information on Delay Discounting of Real Liquid Rewards”. Sangil Lee, Mark A. Povich, Joel Myerson, and Leonard Green. (Poster). Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) 36th Annual Meeting, May 23–May 25, 2013. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
American Philosophical Association Central Division 2015. Symposium Chair: Mark Povich (Washington University in St. Louis). Speaker: Emily Sullivan (Fordham University). Commentator: Collin Rice (Lycoming College).
Journals: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, Mind, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Tereoma, Thought, Topoi.
OTHER SERVICE AND ACTIVITY
Member of the American Philosophical Association
Member of the Philosophy of Science Association
Co-founder (with Christiane Merritt), Feminist Philosophy Reading Group, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013–2016. We met weekly to discuss readings in feminist philosophy. Past readings included Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy and Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science.
Member and researcher in Dr. Leonard Green's Behavioral Economics Laboratory, 2010–present. My experiments investigated why humans exhibit a phenomenon called the amount effect (i.e. larger rewards are discounted less steeply), whereas nonhuman animals do not.
Founding member of the Washington University in St. Louis chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) and COMPASS. We put together a conference for minority undergraduates in philosophy and inviting prominent minority speakers.
Graduate Student Senator (representative of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program to the Graduate Student Senate), Washington University in St. Louis, 2012–2016. Responsibilities included monthly meetings to discuss issues affecting graduate students, including healthcare and housing.
Coordinator of the PB&Joy Food Drive, a community service event of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis, Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. I coordinated the location and pickup of a bin in which various goods could be donated.
Judge for the Graduate Research Symposium, Spring 2014 and Spring 2015.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
Courses: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2019); Foundations of Cognitive Science (Fall 2019); Mind, Machines, and Experience (Spring 2020); Consciousness Seminar (Spring 2020).
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Fall 2107 – Spring 2018
Courses: Philosophy of Scientific Reasoning (Spring 2018); Introduction to Cognitive Science (Spring 2018); Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Reading Class (Spring 2018); Great Philosophers (Fall 2017); Inquiry into the Cognitive Sciences (Fall 2017).
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Fall 2012 – Spring 2016
Courses: Introduction to Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Mind, Brain, and Behavior; Present Moral Problems; Problems in Philosophy.