Patrick Hawley

B.S.E. (Princeton); Ph.D. (MIT)

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Patrick Hawley earned his PhD from MIT in 2003. He arrived at Hong Kong University in 2005, after teaching at MIT, Tufts University and Brandeis University.

Patrick is currently pursuing projects in epistemology and philosophy of language. In epistemology, he is particularly interested in the limits and value of knowledge, and the relation between our practical ends and our theoretical goals. In philosophy of language he is working on pragmatics and context sensitivity.

He also maintains a lively curiosity about computers - his initial degree was in computer science, and he worked in research laboratories before turning seriously to philosophy. He also taught computer science for a year at the national university of Cambodia.

Dr Hawley left HKU in August 2013.