About the Dean
José Luis Bermúdez, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Professor of Philosophy
José Luis Bermúdez came to Texas A&M University as the sixth Dean of Liberal Arts in June 2010. Impressed by the number of areas across the college that are already nationally prominent in research and teaching, he has focused on further elevating those programs to positions of national leadership through strategic hiring, plan-led investment, and a college-wide conversation about enhancing the educational experience and professional preparation of all students, graduate and undergraduate.
Dean Bermúdez actively promotes his belief that the College of Liberal Arts’ mission in undergraduate education is to provide the “cornerstone of leadership”, giving students the tools to excel at written and spoken communication, to think critically, to solve problems creatively, and to understand the global dimensions of modern society. At the same time he has emphasized graduate student job placement, both inside and outside the academy, and worked with departments to adapt their programs to the changing landscape of higher education.
Dr. Bermúdez most recently was Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Programs in Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from King’s College, Cambridge University. He began his academic career at the University of Cambridge before joining the faculty at the University of Stirling in Scotland, where he served as department chair.
Dr. Bermúdez has more than 100 publications, including five single-authored books and five edited volumes. His research interests are interdisciplinary in nature; much of his work is at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In the classroom, Dr. Bermúdez has offered courses in a wide range of areas, including philosophy of mind, the history of philosophy, and mathematical logic.
His first book, The Paradox of Self-Consciousness (MIT Press, 1998) analyzed the nature of self-awareness. Thinking without Words (Oxford UP, 2003) offered a model for thinking about the cognitive achievements and abilities of prelinguistic infants and animals. His most recent monograph, Decision Theory and Rationality (Oxford UP, 2009), explores how the concept of rationality is defined and formalized in different academic disciplines. His latest textbook Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind was published by Cambridge University Press in August 2010. He remains an active researcher and is the editor of the New Problems in Philosophy book series, published by Routledge. Current projects include editing Philosophy of Psychology: Critical Concepts in Philosophy with Brandon Towl, a former PhD student, and working on papers in the philosophy of mind and language.