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Grants and Awards
Trinity University Academic Leave, Spring 2016, for work on “The Nature of Computation.”
Trinity University Distinguished Service Award, 2010.
Trinity University Academic Leave, Fall 2010, for work on the topic “Narrow Content.”
Trinity University Academic Leave, Fall 2004, for work on the topic “Computation and Cognition.”
Trinity University Academic Leave, fall 1999, for work on "Computational Theories of Mental Content."
Trinity University Academic Leave, fall 1994, for work in the philosophy of mind on the topic "Narrow Content."
Trinity University Summer Stipend, summer 1992, for work in the philosophy of language on the topic "Transparent Prose."
Trinity University Academic Leave, academic year 1989-90, for work in the philosophy of mind on the topic "Beliefs and Their Objects."
Trinity University Summer Stipend, Summer 1988, for work in the philosophy of mind on the topic "How To Believe The Impossible."
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on the Philosophy of Science, taught by Arthur Fine at Northwestern University, summer 1987.
Summer stipend, summer 1986, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of "Central Themes in Philosophy" course development project, for work on course in Idealism.
Trinity University Summer Stipend, summer 1985, for work in ethics on the topic "Rules or Virtues?"
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, summer 1983, for work on the topic "Are Mental States Intrinsic?"
Phi Beta Kappa, 1977.
National Merit Scholarship, St. Olaf College, 1974-1978.
Nicholas S. Andrade, Carol M. Ashton, Nelda P. Wray, Curtis Brown, and Viktor Bartanusz, “Systematic review of observational studies reveals no association between low back pain and lumbar spondylolysis with or without isthmic spondylolisthesis,” European Spine Journal 24.6 (June 2015): 1289-1295. [My contribution to this paper was modest; I would be listed as the last author except that in medical publications the “corresponding author” is listed last.]
“Friendships: Epistemically Dangerous Liaisons?” in Damian Caluori, ed., Thinking About Friendship (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
“Combinatorial-State Automata and Models of Computation,” Journal of Cognitive Science 13 (2012): 51-73.
“Naturalized Epistemology,” with Steven Luper, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online, 2011. (This is my updating and expansion of Steven Luper's 1998 entry in the print version of the encyclopedia.)
“Functionalism,” in William A. Darity, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition, Volume 3 (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008): 231-233.
“Implementation and Indeterminacy,” in J. Weckert and Y. Al-Saggaf, eds., Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology 37 (2004): 27-31.
“Narrow Mental Content,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2011/entries/content-narrow/>. First archived in 2002; substantial revision in 2007; substantial revision in 2011.
“Art, Oppression, and the Autonomy of Aesthetics,” in Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley, eds., Arguing About Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995), pp. 295-317; Second Edition (London: Routledge, 2002), pp. 399-421.
“Belief States and Narrow Content,” Mind and Language 8 (1993): 343-67.
“Direct and Indirect Belief,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (1992): 289-316.
“Believing the Impossible,” Synthese 89 (1991): 353-64.
“Belief and Rationality” (with Steven Luper-Foy), Synthese 89 (1991): 323-29. (Introduction to special issue on Belief and Rationality.)
“How to Believe the Impossible,” Philosophical Studies 58 (1990): 271-85.
“Internal Realism: Transcendental Idealism?” Midwest Studies in Philosophy 12 (1988): 145-55.
“Overriding Reasons and Reasons to be Moral,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy 24 (1986): 173-87.
“What is a Belief State?” Midwest Studies in Philosophy 10 (1986): 357-78.
“The Necessary A Posteriori: A Response to Tichy,” Philosophical Studies 45 (1984): 379-97.
Steven Luper-Foy and Curtis Brown, ed., Drugs, Morality and the Law. New York: Garland, 1994.
Steven Luper-Foy and Curtis Brown, ed., The Moral Life. Fort Worth: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1992. Pp. xiv + 585. Second edition: Steven Luper and Curtis Brown, ed., The Moral Life, Second Edition. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1999. Pp. xiv + 661.
Peter A. French and Curtis Brown, ed., Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems: An Introductory Reader for Philosophy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987. Pp. xv + 537.
Publications: Edited Journal Issue
Curtis Brown and Steven Luper-Foy, ed., Belief and Rationality. Special Issue of Synthese (89 no. 3, December 1991).
Review of Jennifer Mather Saul, Lying, Misleading, and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and Ethics. Analysis vol. 74 no. 1 (January, 2014): 179-180.
Review of Gilbert Harman and Judith Jarvis Thomson, Moral Relativism and Moral Objectivity. Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 192 (1998): 387-390.
Review of Mark Johnson, Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics. Philosophical Psychology, vol. 8 no. 1 (1995).
Review of Charles Crittenden, Unreality: The Metaphysics of Fictional Objects. Canadian Philosophical Reviews 12 (1992): 177-79.
Talks and Papers
"Computation, Representation, and Teleology," Computers and Philosophy Conference, Trondheim, Norway, June, 2006.
"Implementation and Indeterminacy," Computers and Philosophy Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, October 2003.
Invited response to Mark Phelan, "Expanding the Higher-Order Representational Account to Perceptual Consciousness," University of Texas at San Antonio Philosophy Symposium, November 2002.
Invited Response to Mikko Salmela, "Cognitive Determinants of Emotional Feeling," University of Texas at San Antonio Philosophy Symposium, November 2001.
"Narrow Content and Computational States," Computers and Philosophy Conference, Oregon State University, January, 2001.
Invited response to Dean Graham, paper on modularity and the perception of music, University of Texas at San Antonio Philosophy Symposium, November 1999.
"Transparent Prose, Realistic Painting, and Narrow Content." Invited keynote address, University of Texas at San Antonio Philosophy Symposium, November 1998.
Invited response to Richard Schoenig, "The Free Will Defense Revisited," University of Texas at San Antonio Philosophy Symposium, November 1997.
Invited response to Andrew Cortens, "Can an Anti-Realist About Semantics be a Realist about Anything?", Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 1997.
Invited response to Todd Hughes, "Phenomenal Know-How," University of Texas at San Antonio Philosophy Conference, November 2, 1996.
"Transparent Prose," Mountain Plains Philosophical Association meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 1995.
Invited response to Noa Latham, "Psychophysical Laws," Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 1993.
"What Narrow Content is Not," Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 1992.
Invited response to Randolph Clarke, "A Principle of Rational Explanation?", Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 1992.
"Moral Truths and Moral Principles," Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 1991.
"Believing the Impossible," Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 1990.
"Bell's Theorem," Trinity University Physics Department Seminar, July 23, 1989.
"How to Believe the Impossible," Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Texas at Austin, October 28, 1988.
"I Wish I Had Never Existed," Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 1987.
"Metaphors for Morality: A Response to John Waide," A Conference on The Virtues, University of San Diego, February 1986.
"Central Themes in Philosophy," NEH-sponsored panel at the Western Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 1985.
Other Professional Activities
Principal Investigator, "Central Themes in Philosophy," a curriculum development project in the history of philosophy, funded by the Division of Education Programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities, January 1985-December 1986.
Referee of books, book manuscripts, articles, or grant proposals for: American Philosophical Quarterly; Canadian Journal of Philosophy; Erkenntnis; Journal of Cognitive Science; Mind and Language; Nous; Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; Synthese; Cognitive Science Society annual meeting; Cambridge University Press; Routledge; Wadsworth Publishing Company; Prentice-Hall; St. Martin’s Press; National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs; Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
Commission on Promotion and Tenure, 1991-92, 2011-14
Faculty Senate, 1993-96 (Secretary, 1993); 2005 - 2009 (Chair, Faculty Representation and Elections Committee, 2005 – 2008); 2016 - present.
University Curriculum Council, 1986-89, 1990-1991, 1993 - 97 (Vice Chair 1995-96; Chair 1996-97)
Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Load, Fall 2005; Academic Standing Committee, 1987-88, 2005 - 2007; Honor Council Faculty Advisor, 2012-2015; "Ideas Lab" curriculum development committee, Spring 2012; Investigating Committee, 2003 - 2005; Major Scholarships and Fellowships Committee, 2002 - 2010; Faculty Development Committee, Fall, 2001; Employee Benefits Committee, 2000-2003; Ad Hoc Committee on the Academic Calendar, 2000-2001; General Education Committee, 1997-2000; Teaching and Learning Committee, 1997-99 (Chair, 1998-99); Common Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Committee, 1995 - 97; Lecturers and Visiting Scholars Committee, 1991-92; United Way Committee, 1991; Library Activities Committee, 1991-93; Committee to Evaluate the Library Director, Spring 1989; Commission on Honors Studies, 1987-89; Pre-Law Committee, 1984 - present; Traffic and Parking Committee, 1983-85; General Education Task Force on Aesthetic Experience, 1985; General Education Task Force on Knowing About Knowing, 1984; Phi Beta Kappa, 1982- present (Vice President, 1983-85; President, 1985-87; Secretary-Treasurer, 2012-2013).
American Philosophical Association; International Association for Computing and Philosophy; Society for Exact Philosophy