Place of Birth
Lycée Français de New York;
Oxford (and continuing education at Amherst).
Why did you choose to come to Amherst?
They were kind and foolish enough to offer me a job!
Favorite course to teach at Amherst:
The ones in which students fight back against everything I say.
The questions about language, mind, and meaning that kept W.V. Quine and Ludwig Wittgenstein awake at night.
Awards and Prizes
Most recently, elected the 2012 Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy.