Benjamin Caplan

Professor
Primary office:
3079 Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


I grew up in Canada, did my undergrad at McGill, and went to grad school at UCLA. I started my career at the University of Manitoba and came to KU in 2017.

I'm mainly interested in metaphysics. My research in metaphysics has been on things like propositions, sets, fictional characters, works of fiction, and musical works. More recently, my teaching in metaphysics has also been on things like gender, race, disability, and sexual orientation.

Teaching Interests

  • History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics of Gender, Race, Disability, and Sexual Orientation
  • Philosophy of Art

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language

Service

I'm on the programme committee for the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association in Montréal, and I'm the chair of the program committee for the 2019 meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in Denver. I've been a subject editor (in Philosophy of Language) for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy since 2007.


Events
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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