Gabriel Oak Rabin
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, New York University Abu Dhabi

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Mind/Language, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mathematics, Logic

Employment:
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, New York University Abu Dhabi (2013-present)
Research Fellow, The Australian National University (2013-2014)

Education:
University of California Los Angeles
Ph.D. "Toward a Rationalist Physicalism" (2013); Supervisors: Tyler Burge, David Chalmers
C.Phil (2011), M.A. (2009), Philosophy
The Australian National University
Fulbright Fellow (2009)
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Two years coursework in Ph.D. program (no degree awarded)
Columbia University
B.A. Mathematics Magna Cum Laude (2002)

Publications:

  • "Grounding Orthodoxy and the Layered Conception", forthcoming in Reality and Its Structure (eds. Ricki Bliss and Graham Priest).
  • "Well-Founding Grounding Grounding", The Journal of Philosophical Logic 2015. Co-authored with Brian Rabern (Edinburgh).
  • "Conceptual Mastery and the Knowledge Argument", Philosophical Studies, 54: 125-147, 2011.
  • "Full-Blooded Reference", Philosophica Mathematica, 15 (3): 357-365, 2007.
  • "Physicalism" (book review) Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (3): 562-566, 2011.

Presentations:

  • "The Meta-Semantic Dilemma for Two-Dimensional Semantics" at the Joint Sessions of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society, Warwick University, July 10-12th 2015.
  • "Toward a Theory of Concept Mastery" at the Midsummer Philosophy Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, June 28-30th 2015.
  • "The Meta-Semantic Dilemma for Two-Dimensional Semantics" at St Andrews University, Scotland, June 24th 2015.
  • "Fundamentality Physicalism and the Intelligibility Constraint" at Toward a Science of Consciousness 2015 at the University of Helsinki, Finland, June 8th-13th 2015.
  • "Advice for Inferentialists" at Justification and the Mental, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 16th 2015.
  • "Toward a Theory of Concept Mastery" at The American University of Beirut, February 26th 2015.
  • "Toward a Theory of Concept Mastery" at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, July 30th 2014.
  • "Toward a Theory of Concept Mastery", at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, July 2014.
  • "Well-founding Grounding Grounding" at the Workshop on Metaphysical Fundamentality and
    Infinitism, the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, June 2nd-3rd 2014.
  • "Toward a Theory of Concept Mastery", at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, May 2014.
  • "Toward a Theory of Concept Mastery" at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia,
    March 13th 2014.
  • "Fundamentality Physicalism" at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia,
    November 21st 2013.
  • "Conceptual Mastery and the Knowledge Argument" at New York University, New York, March
    8th, 2013.
  • "Modal Rationalism and the Meta-Semantic Reply to the Mastery Argument Against Physicalism"
    at the Language Workshop, UCLA, December 6th 2012.
  • "Modal Rationalism and the Meta-Semantic Reply to the Mastery Argument Against
    Physicalism" at the Albritton Society, UCLA, November 2nd 2012.
  • “Well-founding Grounding Grounding” at the Conference on the Philosophy of Kit Fine, Sinaia,
    Romania, May 25th-27th, 2012.
  • “Toward a Theory of Conceptual Mastery” at the Albritton Society, UCLA, January 27th 2012.
  • “Supplementation, Meta-semantics, and Modal Arguments Against Physicalism” at the ANU,
    July 12th 2011.
  • “Grounding Grounding” at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference,
    Dunedin, New Zealand, July 7th 2011.
  • “Blocking the Blocking Defense” at the Pacific APA, San Diego, April 22nd 2011.
  • “Modal Rationalism Strikes Back” and “Not All Facts are Physical Facts” at the Albritton
    Society, UCLA, January 15th 2011.
  • “Conceptual Mastery and the Knowledge Argument” at the Washingston Square Circle, NYU,
    December 13th 2010.
  • “Conceptual Mastery and the Knowledge Argument” at MindGrad 2010, the University of
    Warwick, December 4th 2010.
  • “Physicalism and the Idealization of A Priori Entailment” at the Albritton Society, UCLA,
    January 22nd 2010.
  • “Two-Dimensional Meta-Semantics” RSSS Seminar Series, the ANU, December 17th 2009.
  • “Physicalism and the Idealization of A Priori Entailment” at the RSSS Seminar Series, the ANU,
    Canberra, August 18th 2009.
  • “Physicalism and the Idealization of A Priori Entailment” at the Australasian Association of
    Philosophy Annual Conference, Melbourne, July 7th 2009.

Professional Service:

  • Referee for Philosophical Studies, The Philosophical Quarterly, Pacific Philosophy Quarterly, Erkenntnis, Thought, Res Philosophica, Dialectica, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

Awards / Honors:

  • Fulbright Fellowship (2008)
  • U.S. Alumni Fulbright Scholar (2008) - for top-ranked applicant
  • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (2012) - for best graduate student instructor
  • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award Honorable Mention (2010)

Teaching:

  • Introduction to Logic (Fall 2015) - NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Metaphysics (Fall 2015) - NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Seminar: Fundamentality and Metaphysical Dependence (Spring 2015) - NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought (Fall 2014) - NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Philosophy of Mind (Summer 2012) - UCLA
  • Philosophy of Mind (Summer 2011) - UCLA
  • As teaching assistant: Meta-ethics, Responsibility and Free Will, Logic, Seminar: Intensional Logic, Philosophy of Language, Early Modern Philosophy, Anti-Individualism, Philosophy of Social Science.
  • I taught English (American Literature) and Mathematics (AP Calculus) at the high school / secondary level at the Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

References:  (hint: [actual-sign] = @)

  • Tyler Burge, burge[actual-sign]ucla.edu
  • David Chalmers, chalmers[actual-sign]anu.edu.au
  • Mark Greenberg, greenberg[actual-sign]humnet.ucla.edu
  • Kit Fine, kf14[actual-sign]nyu.edu
  • Frank Jackson, fcjack321[actual-sign]gmail.com
  • Joseph Almog, almog[actual-sign]humnet.ucla.edu