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Helen Daly

Associate Professor, Chair

Helen is a metaphysician and philosopher of language. She is currently working on two research projects. First, she is developing a realist approach to metaphysics that avoids inflexibility. The case she uses to illustrate this is her “model” of gender, meant to replace the unhelpful models that dominate public and academic discourses about gender. Briefly, she thinks that words like ‘man’ and ‘woman’ are highly indeterminate and purpose-dependent, so that no single (or simple) conceptual analysis can get them right. If we treat the metaphysics of gender as “modeling,” we can capture its pragmatic aspect. And so for metaphysics more broadly. Second, she is thinking about fictional representations of artificial intelligence, and what they reveal about our attitudes toward the relationship between consciousness and intelligence.

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"On Insults" (forthcoming) Journal of the American Philosophical Association.

"Love and Death" (2018) in Heaven & Philosophy. Edited by Simon Cushing. Lexington Books. 137-51.

"Modeling Sex/Gender" (2017) Think: Philosophy for Everyone 46 (16): 79-92.

“Sex, Vagueness, and the Olympics” (2015) Hypatia 30 (4):708-24.

“Mental Causation” (2009) with Cei Maslen and Terry Horgan. In The Oxford Handbook of Causation. Edited by H. Beebee, C. Hitchcock, and P. Menzies. Oxford.

“Jaegwon Kim” (2009) with Terry Horgan. In A Companion to Metaphysics, 2nd ed. Edited by J. Kim, E. Sosa and G. Rosenkrantz. Blackwell.

Regular Classes

PH 101 Greek Philosophy

PH 226 Formal Logic

PH 229 Philosophy of Language

PH 301 20th Century Analytic Philosophy

PH 321 Metaphysics


    Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2011

    B.A., University of Akron, 2002

Committees & Governance

Faculty Executive Committee, Budget Subcommittee, 2018-


2016-17, Faculty Executive Committee, Governance Subcommittee
2015-16, Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid
2013-14, Curriculum Committee
2012-13, Budget Committee