Jonathan D. Payton

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Areas of Interest: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Language

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Phone: +90-312-290 1072
Office: H153



Jonathan D. Payton joined the department in 2020. Previously, he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, at the University of Calgary. He completed his PhD in philosophy in 2016 at the University of Toronto. He works on topics in metaphysics, the philosophy of action, and the philosophy of language. Current interests include the ontology of negative actions (intentional omissions, refrainments, etc.) and the relationship between a whole and its parts. He has published in journals such as Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Synthese, Erkenntnis, and Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He has a book forthcoming with Cambridge University Press entitled Negative Actions: Events, Absences, and the Metaphysics of Agency. When not doing philosophy, he enjoys relaxing with a good book, a good film, or some good music (the heavier and more metallic, the better).


Sample publications

Payton, J. (2021). Negative Actions: Events, Absences, and the Metaphysics of Agency. Cambridge University Press.

payton, J. (forthcoming). Two problems for the constitution view of omissions. Erkenntnis.

Payton, J. (forthcoming). How to identify wholes with their parts. Synthese.

Payton, J. (2018). How to identify negative actions with positive events. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96 (1): 87–101. 

Payton, J. (2016). The logical form of negative action sentences. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 46(6): 855–876.