J.D. Trout, Ph.D.
J. D. Trout joined Lewis College of Human Sciences as the John and Mae Calamos Endowed Chair in Philosophy in January 2018. Trout was a professor of philosophy and psychology at Loyola University Chicago. His research interests include the philosophy of science, epistemology, and cognitive science. Trout’s most recent book, Wondrous Truths: The Improbable Triumph of Modern Science, uses evidence from psychology and the history of science to make new arguments about scientific realism. He has published four other books and has a forthcoming volume based on a series of lectures he delivered through the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship in Philosophy. Trout has held visiting positions at a variety of institutions including the University of Chicago, the University of Helsinki, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Innsbruck. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from Cornell University.
Professional Society Memberships
Philosophy of Science Association
American Philosophical Association
Editorial Board Service
American Philosophical Quarterly, 2007–2012
Brain and Mind, 2000-2003
Program Committee Member, 2016 Meeting for Central APA
Psychology Today Online blogger, “The Greater Good”, October 2008–present
Program Committee Member, Philosophy of Science Association Meeting 2010, Montreal, Canada
Evaluator, Philosophical Gourmet Report, 2002-2004, 2004-2006, 2006-2008
Awards & Honors
Phi Beta Kappa Romannel Award
National Science Foundation Scholar’s Grant
National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bryn Mawr College
2018. Understanding and Psychological Fluency. In Stephen Grimm (Ed.) Making Sense of the World: New Essays on the Philosophy of Understanding (Chapter 12, pp.232-249), Oxford University Press.
2016. Epistemology for (Real) People (with Mike Bishop). Chapter 8 in Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy. (Eds.) David Coady, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Kimberley Brownlee. Blackwell, pp.103-119.
2012. The Language of Consent in Police Encounters. In Lawrence Solan and Peter Tiersma (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Language and Law. New York: Oxford University Press (with Janice Nadler as first author); discussed in Slate at http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2012/11/30/stop_and_frisk_florida_is_there_such_thing_as_a_consensual_police_encounter.html
2010. Philosophical Messages in the Medium of Spoken Language. In Matthew Nudds and Casey O’Callaghan (Eds.), Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays. New York: Oxford University Press (with Robert Remez), pp.234-263.
2005. The Pathologies of Standard Analytic Epistemology. Noûs 39 (4), 696-714 (with Michael Bishop).
2001. The Biological Basis of Speech: What to Infer from Talking to the Animals. Psychological Review, 108, (3), 523-549.
Wondrous Truths: The Improbable Triumph of Modern Science. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
The Empathy Gap: Building Bridges to the Good Life and the Good Society. New York: Viking/Penguin, February 2009.
Measuring the Intentional World: Realism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment (with Michael Bishop). New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction (with Paul Moser and Dwayne Mulder). New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.