Jonathan D. Payton

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto

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

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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, Philosophical Studies, Synthese, Erkenntnis, Analysis, and Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He recently published a book 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). Counting composites. Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Payton, J. (forthcoming). Mereological destruction and relativized parthood: A reply to Costa and Calosi. Erkenntnis.

Payton, J. (2022). Composition and Plethological Innocence. Analysis, 82 (1): 67-74.

Payton, J. (2022). Two problems for the constitution view of omissions: A reply to Palmer. Erkenntnis, 87 (3): 1447-1455.

Payton, J. (2022). Attempts. Philosophical Studies, 179 (2): 363-382.

Payton, J. (2021). Composition as identity, now with all the pluralities you could want. Synthese. 199 (3-4): 8047-8068

Payton, J. (2021). How to identify wholes with their parts. Synthese 198 (Suppl. 18): 4571–4593.

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.