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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology

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)

B.A., Philosophy

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.

PUBLICATIONS

[7] Povich, Mark and Carl F. Craver. “Review of Marc Lange's Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics”. Philosophical Review (Forthcoming).

[6] Povich, Mark. “Social Knowledge and Supervenience Revisited”. Erkenntnis (Forthcoming c). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-017-9926-y

[5] Craver, Carl F. and Mark Povich. “The Directionality of Distinctively Mathematical Explanations”. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 63 (2017): 31–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2017.04.005

[4] Povich, Mark. “Mechanistic Explanation in Psychology”. In The SAGE Handbook of Theoretical Psychology. (Eds.) Hank Stam and Huib Looren de Jong. Forthcoming.

[3] 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. Forthcoming.

[2] Povich, Mark. “Minimal Models and the Generalized Ontic Conception of Scientific Explanation”. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 69 (2018): 117–37. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axw019

[1] Povich, Mark. “Mechanisms and Model-Based Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging”. Philosophy of Science 82 (December 2015): 1035–1046. https://doi.org/10.1086/683438

WORK IN PROGRESS

Povich, Mark. “Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience: Multilevel Mechanistic Integration in Practice.” Invited by Theory and Psychology for a special issue on mechanisms.

Povich, Mark. “Truth(making) by Convention”.

Povich, Mark. “Information and Explanation: A Dilemma”.

Povich, Mark. “The Narrow Ontic Counterfactual Account of Distinctively Mathematical Explanation.”

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

“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.

CONFERENCE CHAIR

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).

REFEREE
Journals: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, Mind, Philosophy of Science, Tereoma, 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.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lecturer

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.