Curriculum Vitae - Richard L.Tieszen

My Interests:

My primary interests are in phenomenology, logic, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of mind. Among my favorite historical figures in philosophy and logic are Kant, Leibniz, Husserl, Frege, Gödel, and Brouwer. I am interested in the work of many recent philosophers. See publications below.

Some other pastimes: attending classical Indian music concerts (Hindustani and Karnatik), guitar and percussion, sound art, amateur astronomy, studying Buddhist views of consciousness.


Education:

Ph.D., Philosophy, Columbia University, 1986

M.A., Philosophy, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, 1978

B.A. with Honors, Philosophy, Colorado State University , 1975

Publications:

Books:

After Gödel: Platonism and Rationalism in Mathematics and Logic, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Phenomenology, Logic, and the Philosophy of Mathematics (PLPM), Cambridge University Press 2005.

Mathematical Intuition: Phenomenology and Mathematical Knowledge, Synthese Library, Springer 1989.

Books Edited:

Constructive Engagement of Analytic and Continental Approaches in Philosophy, co-edited with Bo Mou, Brill 2013, in Philosophy of History and Culture Series.

Between Logic and Intuition: Essays in Honor of Charles Parsons, co-edited with Gila Sher, Cambridge University Press 2000.

Articles:

"Analytic and Continental Philosophy, Science, and Global Philosophy," in Constructive Engagement of Analytic and Continental Approaches in Philosophy, B. Mou and R. Tieszen (ads), Brill 2013, 103-124. An earlier version appeared in Comparative Philosophy 2, 2 (2011), 4-22. 

"Monads and Mathematics: Gödel and Husserl",  Axiomathes 22(1) (2012), 31-52.

"Logic", in S. Luft and S. Overgaard (eds.), Routledge Companion toPhenomenology, Routledge 2011, 439-448.

"Gödel's Path from Hilbert and Carnap to Husserl", in K. Cramer and C. Beyer (eds.), Edmund Husserl 1859 - 2009. Neue Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, de Gruyter 2011, 147-163.

"Analytic and Continental Philosophy, Science, and Global Philosophy", forthcoming in Comparative Philosophy.

"Intentionality, Intuition, and Proof in Mathematics", in G. Sommaruga (ed.), Foundational Theories of Classical and Constructive Mathematics, Springer 2011, 245 - 263.

"Poincaré on Intuition and Arithmetic: une 'Saine Psychologie'?", in P. Bour, M. Rebuschi, L. Rollet (eds.), Construction: Festschrift for Gerhard Heinzmann, College Publications 2010, 97 - 106.

"Intentionality, Intuition, and Proof in Mathematics", forthcoming in G. Sommaruga (ed.), Foundations of Mathematics, Springer.

"Mathematical Problem Solving and Ontology: An Exercise", Axiomathes 20 (2010), 295 - 312.

"Mathematical Realism and Transcendental Phenomenological Idealism", M. Hartimo (ed.), Phenomenology and Mathematics, Springer 2010, 1 - 22.

"Elements of Gödel's Turn to Transcendental Phenomenology", Diálogos 91 (2008), 59 - 82.

"Husserl's Concept of 'Pure Logic'", in V. Mayer (ed.), Edmund Husserl: Logische Untersuchungen, Akademie Verlag 2008, 9-26.

"The Intersection of Intuitionism (Brouwer) and Phenomenology (Husserl)", in M. van Atten, P. Boldini, M. Bourdeau, and G. Heinzmann (eds.), One Hundred Years of Intuitionism (1907-2007), Birkhäuser 2008, 78-95.

“After Gödel: Mechanism, Reason and Realism in the Philosophy of Mathematics”, Philosophia Mathematica 14, 2 (2006), 229-254. In a special issue on Kurt Gödel.

“Science as a Triumph of the Human Spirit and Science in Crisis”, in Continental Philosophy of Science, G. Gutting (ed.), Blackwell 2005, 93-112. Reprinted in PLPM.

“Consciousness of Abstract Objects”, in Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Mind, D. Smith and A. Thomasson (eds.), Oxford University Press 2005.

“Parsons, Charles D.”, in The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, J. Shook (ed.), Thoemmes Press 2005.

“Free Variation and the Intuition of Geometric Essences: Some Reflections on Phenomenology and Modern Geometry”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LXX, 1 (2005), 153-173. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Husserl's Logic", in Handbook of the History of Logic, Vol. III. The Rise of Modern Logic: From Leibniz to Frege, D. Gabbay and J. Woods (eds.), Elsevier 2004, 207-321.

“Gödel and the Intuition of Concepts”, Synthese 133, 3 (2002), 363-391. Reprinted in PLPM.

“Brouwer and Weyl: The Phenomenology and Mathematics of the Intuitive Continuum", with D. van Dalen and M. van Atten. Philosophia Mathematica 10, 2 (2002), 203-226. In a special issue on Phenomenology and Mathematics.

"Intuitionism, Meaning Theory and Cognition", History and Philosophy of Logic 21, 3 (2000), 179-194. Reprinted in PLPM.

"The Philosophical Background of Weyl's Mathematical Constructivism", Philosophia Mathematica 3, 8 (2000), 274-301. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Gödel and Quine on Meaning and Mathematics", in Between Logic and Intuition: Essays in Honor of Charles Parsons, R. Tieszen and G. Sher (eds.), Cambridge University Press 2000, 232-254. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Gödel's Path from the Incompleteness Theorems (1931) to Phenomenology (1961)", Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 4, 2 (1998), 181-203. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Mathematics, The Phenomenological Philosophy of", in The Encyclopedia of Phenomenology, L. Embree et al (eds.), Kluwer 1997, 439-443.

"Science within Reason: Is There a Crisis of the Modern Sciences?", in Analysis and Synthesis in Mathematics, M. Otte and M. Panza (eds.), Kluwer 1997, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 243-259.

"Logicism, Impredicativity, Formalism", in Henri Poincaré: Science and Philosophy, J.L. Greffe, G. Heinzmann, K. Lorenz (eds.), Akademie Verlag and Albert Blanchard 1996, 399-415. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Intuitionism", in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy Supplement, D. Borchert (ed.), Macmillan 1996, 269-270.

"Mathematics", in CambridgeCompanion to Husserl, B. Smith and D. Smith (eds.), Cambridge University Press 1995, 438-462. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Mathematical Realism and Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems", Philosophia Mathematica 3, 2 (1994), 177-201. Reprinted with minor revisions in The Many Problems of Realism, P. Cortois (ed.), Tilburg University Press 1995, 217-246.

"What is the Philosophical Basis of Intuitionistic Mathematics?", in Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science IX, D. Prawitz, B. Skyrms, D. Westerståhl (eds.), North-Holland 1994, 579-594.

"The Philosophy of Arithmetic: Frege and Husserl", in Mind, Meaning and Mathematics, L. Haaparanta (ed.), Kluwer 1994, 85-112. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Teaching Formal Logic as Logic Programming", Teaching Philosophy 15, 4 (1992), 337-347.

"Kurt Gödel and Phenomenology", Philosophy of Science 59, 2 (1992), 176-194. Reprinted in PLPM.

"What is a Proof?", in Proof, Logic and Formalization , M. Detlefsen (ed.), Routledge 1992, 57-76. Reprinted in PLPM.

"Frege and Husserl on Number", Ratio 3, 2 (1990), 150-164.

"The Philosophy of Mathematics", in The Telugu Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Religion (India), M.V. Sastry (ed.), Hyderabad: Vignana Sarvasva Kendram 1990, 421-429.

"Phenomenology and Mathematical Knowledge", Synthese 75, 3 (1988), 373-403. Reprinted in Mathematical Objects and Mathematical Knowledge, M. Resnik (ed.), Dartmouth Publishing Company 1995, 373-403.

"Mathematical Intuition and Husserl's Phenomenology", Noûs l8, 3 (l984), 395-421.

Hungarian translation in A matematika filoz—fiája a 21.század küszöbén, C. Ferenc(ed.), Osiris Kiad— 2003, 275-311.

Special Journal Issues:

“Gödel on Mathematics and Logic”, R. Tieszen (guest editor). Special issue of PhilosophiaMathematica, 14, 2 (2006). Contributors: S. Feferman, W. Sieg, W.W. Tait, P. Koellner,R. Tieszen, M. van Atten. Awarded CELJ certificate for “Best Special Issue of 2006”.

"Phenomenology and Mathematics", R. Tieszen (guest editor). Special issue of Philosophia Mathematica, 10, 2 (2002). Contributors: D. Smith, P. Mancosu/T. Ryckman, M. van Atten/D. Van Dalen/R. Tieszen, D. Lohmar.

"Perspectives on Intuitionism", R. Tieszen (guest editor). Special issue of Philosophia Mathematica 6, 2 (1998). Contributors: M. Beeson, I. Moerdijk, G. Sundholm, A. Troelstra, D. van Dalen.

Review Articles:

"Against the Current: Selected Philosophical Papers, by Guillermo Rosado Haddock," Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, January 2013, http://ndpr.nd.edu 

"Edmund Husserl. Introduction to Logic and Theory of Knowledge: Lectures 1906/07", Philosophia Mathematica 18, 2 (2010), 247 - 252.

" Mystic, Geometer, and Intuitionist: The Life of L.E.J. Brouwer, Vol. 2, by D. van Dalen", Philosophia Mathematica 15, 1 (2007), 111-116.

“Revisiting Husserl's Philosophy of Arithmetic”, Philosophia Mathematica 14, 1 (2006), 112-130.

On Brouwer, by Mark van Atten”, Philosophia Mathematica 1, 12 (2004), 75-78.

" Mystic, Geometer, and Intuitionist: The Life of L.E.J. Brouwer, Vol. 1, by D. van Dalen", Philosophia Mathematica 3, 8 (2000), 217-224.

"Gödel's Philosophical Remarks on Logic and Mathematics: Critical Notice of Kurt Gödel: Collected Works, Vols. I, II, III", Mind 107 (1998), 219-232.

" Kurt Gödel: Unpublished Philosophical Essays, edited Francisco Rodriquez-Consuegra", Annals of Science 54 (1997), 99-101.

" Edmund Husserl: Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, edited by Dallas Willard", Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 27, 3 (1996), 328-330.

" Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness, by Roger Penrose", Philosophia Mathematica 4, 3 (1996), 281-290. Reprinted in PLPM.

" Mathematical Realism, by Penelope Maddy", Philosophia Mathematica 3, 2 (1994), 69-81. Reprinted in PLPM.

" World's Without Content: Against Formalism, by John O'Neill", Husserl Studies 10, 3 (1994), 253-259.

" Phenomenology and the Formal Sciences, T. Seebohm, D. F¿llesdal, and J.N. Mohanty, (eds.)", Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 24, 3 (1993), 289-90.

" The Origin of Geometry, by Jacques Derrida", Isis 83, 3 (1992), 531-532.

" Husserl, by David Bell", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 52, 4 (1992), 1010-1013.

" Phänomenologie der Mathematik, by Dieter Lohmar", Husserl Studies 7, 3 (1990), 199-205.

" Perspectives on Mind, J. Tuedio, and H. Otto (eds.)", Husserl Studies 6, 2 (1989), 177-186.

Work in Progress:

Book:

Phenomenology and the Exact Sciences. A presentation and critical discussion of work in the phenomenological tradition on logic and the foundations of mathematics, including treatments of the work of Edmund Husserl, Gottlob Frege, Rudolf Carnap, Hermann Weyl, Oskar Becker, Felix Kaufmann, Dietrich Mahnke, and Kurt Gödel.

Articles:

"Parsons on Intuition, Genetic Analysis, and Structuralism in Mathematics"

Teaching Appointments:

San Jose State University. Professor, 9/98-present. Associate Professor, 9/93-8/98. Assistant Professor, 9/89-8/93. Associate Chair, 9/92-5/99, 8/05-present.

Visiting Positions:

Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris. Directeur d'étude invité. Les théorèmes de Gödel, January 2009.

Archives Henri Poincaré/CNRS/Université Nancy 2. Chercheur scientifique, July - August 2007.

Institut d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST/CNRS), Paris, Chercheur scientifique, April - June 2007.

Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, Autumn 2001.

Stanford University, Winter and Spring terms 1998.

Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, Autumn 1994.

COURSES TAUGHT SEMINARS
Computers and Cognition
Existentialism and Phenomenology
Intermediate Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Logic and Critical Reasoning
Mathematical Logic I, II
Mathematics and Logic for General Education
Moral Issues
Philosophy of Mind
Science, Technology and Human Values
The Structure of Cognition: An Intro to Husserl's Phenomenology (Stanford)

Kant's Metaphysics and Epistemology
Logic or Philosophy or Mathematics:

  • Logic and Computation Incompleteness, Undecidability, and Consistency
  • Intensional Logic
  • Intuitionism
  • Infinity
  • The Mind and Infinity (Utrecht)

Phenomenology
Phenomenology and Logic (Stanford)

Selected Presentations:

“Rediscovering Consciousness in the West”, Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center, Campbell, California, February 2013.

“Monads and Mathematics: Gödel, Leibniz and Husserl”,  DagfinnFest, a conference at Stanford University honoring Dagfinn Føllesdal, October 2012; and Institut d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST/CNRS), Paris, November 2010.

“Science, Consciousness and Buddhism, Parts I and II”, Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center, Campbell, California, May and June 2012.

"Monads and Mathematics: Gödel and Husserl", Institut d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST/CNRS), Paris, November 2010.

"Comments on Charles Parsons' Mathematical Thought and Its Objects", Author Meets Critics Session, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco, April 2010.

"The Place of Science in Analytic and Continental Philosophy", in Symposium: Constructive Engagement of Analytic and Continental Approaches in Philosophy, April 2010. Sponsored by the SJSU Center for Comparative Philosophy.

Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Time", in 10th Annual Philosophy Department Conference, San José State University, May 2010.

"Gödel: A New Kind of Platonism", invited lecture presented at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, January 2009.

"Gödel on Hilbert, Carnap, and Husserl", invited lecture presented at the symposium Edmund Husserl 1859-2009, Georg August Universität Göttingen, November 2009, the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, January 2009, and at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) Philosophy Department/Husserl Archives, Paris, January 2009.

"Elements of Gödel's Turn to Husserlian Transcendental Phenomenology", invited lecture presented at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg Göttingen, November 2009, in the Séminaire de philosophie et mathématiques, Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), Paris, January 2009, at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, January 2009, in the Semana de la Fenomenología, Universidad de Puerto Rico, October 2008, at the annual California Phenomenology Circle meeting, San Luis Obispo, April 2008, and at Stanford University, April 2009.

“Intentionality, Intuition, and Proof in Mathematics”, invited lecture presented in the Séminaire philosophie des mathématiques, Recherches Epistémologiques et Historiques sur les Sciences Exact et les Institutions Scientifiques (REHSEIS/CNRS), Paris, January 2009, in the UC Berkeley Logic Colloquium, October 2007, at the Stanford CSLI Cognitive Science Lunch, October 2007, and in the seminar at Archives Henri Poincaré/ CNRS/ Université Nancy 2, July 2007.

“The Intersection of Intuitionism (Brouwer) and Phenomenology (Husserl)”, invited lecture presented at the conference “100 Years of Intuitionism”, Le Centre Culturel International de Cerisy la Salle, France, June 2007, and at the Institut d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST/CNRS), Paris, April 2007.

“Transcendental Phenomenological Idealism and Mathematical Realism”, invited lecture presented at the conference Phenomenology and Mathematics, Tampere, Finland, May 2007.

“Poincaré on Intuition and Arithmetic: une 'Saine Psychologie'?”, invited lecture presented in the Séminaire de Philosophie et Mathématiques -- Poincaré: mathématiques, physique, philosophie, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), April 2007.

“Mechanical Decidability, Realism and Reason in the Writings of Kurt Gödel”, invited lecture presented at a colloquium on Kurt Gödel: les textes, Université Lille, France, May 2006.

“Einstein, Weyl, and Husserl”, invited talk presented at the American Philosophical Association Group Meeting on “Einstein Meets Husserl”, Portland, March 2006.

“Central Themes in Weyl's Epistemology and Their Relation to Husserlian Phenomenology”, invited lecture presented at Symposium on Herman Weyl as Epistemologist, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France, December 2005.

“Science as a Triumph of the Human Spirit and Science in Crisis: Husserl and the Fortunes of Reason”, invited talk at a conference on Science and Continental Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, September 2002.

“The Technological Understanding of Being: Heidegger and Husserl”, Distinguished Professor Lecture, San Jose State University Philosophy Alumni Conference, April 2001.

"Technology, Danger and Reflection", radio interview on KKUP, 91.5 FM, Cupertino, California, May 25, 2001.

"Intention and Fulfillment in Mathematics and Logic", invited paper presented to the American Philosophical Association Group Meeting on "Logic and Consciousness", San Francisco, March 2001; University of Leuven, Belgium, October 2001.

"The Intuitive Continuum and the Revision of Logic", invited talk presented at the SUNY-Buffalo Logic Symposium, March 2001.

"Gödel and the Intuition of Concepts", invited paper presented to the History and Philosophy of Logic Working Group at UC-Berkeley, Spring 2000. Also presented to the Logic Lunch group at Stanford, Spring 2000.

"Phenomenology and Intuitionism", invited paper presented at a conference on Phenomenology and Mathematics, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, December 1999.

"The Philosophical Background of Weyl's Mathematical Constructivism", invited paper presented at a conference on Hermann Weyl: Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy, UC-Berkeley, April 1999.

"Gödelian Remarks on What Computers Can't Do", American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Los Angeles, March 1998.

"Gödel and Quine on Meaning and Mathematics". UC Berkeley Logic Colloquium, April 1996, and the Stanford Philosophy Colloquium, May 1996.

"Mathematical Realism and Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems", University of Oslo, Norway, December 1994; American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 1994; University of Leuven, Belgium, January 1995.

"Incompleteness and Anti-Mechanism," Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto di Cibernetica, Naples, Italy, November 1994.

"On Gödel's Later Philosophical Views About Mathematics", Stockholm University, Sweden, October 1994.

"Logicism, Impredicativity, Formalism ". Invited plenary lecture, delivered at the International Congress Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France, May 1994.

"Incompleteness, Church's Thesis, Minds and Machines", American Philosophical Association, Los Angeles, April 1994.

"An Intuitionistic Theory of Meaning". Invited lecture, delivered at the Intuitionism and Meaning Theory Workshop, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, September 1992.

"What is the Philosophical Basis of Intuitionistic Mathematics?" Invited lecture, delivered at the joint meeting of the Association for Symbolic Logic and the Ninth International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Uppsala, Sweden, August 1991.

"Teaching Formal Logic as Logic Programming", Fifth International Conference on Computers and Philosophy, Stanford University, August 1990; California State University AI Symposium, California Polytechnic State University, June 1990,.

"Frege and Husserl on Number", American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, April 1989.

"Intuitionism with Intuition", Association for Symbolic Logic, Annual Meeting, UCLA, January 1989.

"Kurt Gödel and Phenomenology", American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 1989; Association for Symbolic Logic, Chicago, April 1989; University of Iowa, January 1989.

Commentator, "Chaos Theory and Cognitive Science", American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco, 1993.

Commentator, “Vague Identity and Vague Objects”, Ohio Philosophical Association, Ohio Wesleyan University, April 1989.


Service to the Profession

Editorial Board Member, Philosophia Mathematica(Third Series), 10/91-present.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Philosophy Fellowship Referee, July 2009, Washington D.C.

Project Member, Kurt Gödel: From Logic to Cosmology. The goal of this multi-year project is to transcribe, edit and publish unpublished philosophical and technical work in the Kurt Gödel Nachlass, funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France.

Board Member, Center for Comparative Philosophy and the journal Comparative Philosophy.

Referee  
American Philosophical Quarterly
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Logic
Husserl Studies
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Journal of Symbolic Logic
The Monist
Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic
Noûs
Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences
Philosophia Mathematica
Philosophy & Phenomenological Research
Studia Logica
Synthese


Awards:

University President's Scholar, 2007-08. This is the highest award at San José State University in recognition of scholarly achievement, conferred annually on one faculty member.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, 2006-07 academic year. Project: Phenomenology and the Exact Sciences.

Outstanding Research Award, College of Humanities and Arts, San Jose State University, 2001-2002.

Professor of the Year, Philosophy Club Award, Department of Philosophy, San Jose State University, 2000-01.

Professor of the Year, Philosophy Club Award, Department of Philosophy, San Jose State University, 1998-99.

Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) Grant, for six months of research on intuitionism and the philosophy of mathematics, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1994-95. Sponsor: Dirk van Dalen.

Faculty Development Assigned Time Award, San Jose State University, 1990-91.

Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, San Jose State University, 1989-90.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar Fellowship, "Frege and the Philosophy of Mathematics", 1988. Director: Michael Resnik.

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