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Christina Behme PhD (Dalhousie)
I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Dalhousie University. My dissertation (Cartesian Linguistics: From Historical Antecedents to Computational Modeling) traces Cartesian influences from the 17th century to epistemological and metaphysical debates in contemporary linguistics and critically evaluates the work of Noam Chomsky. I also hold a science degree in Marine Biology from the University of Rostock in Germany. Before coming to KPU, I taught at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Brandon University, and gave several guest lectures at Potsdam University in Germany.
Areas of Interest
My research and teaching interests have evolved over time and include philosophy of language (especially questions of language acquisition and language evolution), philosophy of mind, early modern philosophy, (especially the work of Rene Descartes), Critical Thinking, Political Philosophy (especially questions relating to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression), Philosophy of Motivation, and Environmental Philosophy. My research is thoroughly interdisciplinary and I have presented my work at philosophy, psychology, and language evolution conferences and workshops in North-America and Europe. I was also Co-organizer of The foundations of Linguistics. an international, interdisciplinary workshop in Braunschweig, Germany (2015).