David Mark Kovacs


Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University.

Areas of interest: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology

Personal Homepage: http://davidmarkkovacs.weebly.com/

Email: david.kovacs@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90-312-290-2188 
Office: H146


David Kovacs received a JD in law from the Eotvos Lorand University of Science in 2010, after which he pursued graduate studies in philosophy at Cornell University. He received his PhD in 2016, and in the same year joined the philosophy department at Bilkent. His research currently focuses on metaphysics (including meta-metaphysics), but he also has serious interests in the philosophy of mind and epistemology. In the past, he wrote about mereological simplicity and the nature of personal identity. Currently, his research revolves around two major themes. The first one concerns the conceptual tools of metaphysics, and especially the notions of metaphysical explanation and ontological dependence. His overarching project is to develop a deflationary framework in which questions of dependence and explanation reduce to a mix of conceptual questions (what are the linguistic conventions guiding ‘depends’?) and questions about how the target metaphysical phenomena are best organized. His second main research topic lies at the intersection of epistemology, ontology, and meta-ontology. He is particularly interested in the interplay between ontologies of various types of things (ordinary objects, numbers, properties, etc.) and accounts of our epistemic access to them. He is working on a general epistemological framework for revisionary ontologies of material objects, and lately he has also begun to explore how different views on the ontological commitments of ordinary discourse might bear on epistemological problems with abstract objects. He has journal publications in Mind, Philosophical QuarterlyRatio and Philosophical Studies.


Sample publications

Kovacs, D. M. (forthcoming). Grounding and the Argument from Explanatoriness. Philosophical Studies.

Kovacs, D. M. (2016). Self-made People. Mind, 125(500), 1071–1099.

Kovacs, D. M. (2014). What do we want to know when we ask the Simple Question? The Philosophical Quarterly, 64(255), 254–266.

Kovacs, D. M. (2010). Is There a Conservative Solution to the Many Thinkers Problem? Ratio, 23(3), 275–290.