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Deborah Tollefsen

Professor Tollefsen (PhD, Ohio State University) joined the department in 2002. Prior to her PhD, she received a BA in philosophy from St. Anselm College and an MA in philosophy from the University of South Carolina. Her research and teaching interests include philosophy of mind, social epistemology, and social ontology. Her work has appeared in such journals as Episteme, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Philosophical Explorations, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

Professor Tollefsen's book Groups as Agents has been published with Polity Press.

Groups as Agents

Recent Publications

Tollefsen, D. 2015. Groups as Agents, Polity Press.

Tollefsen, D., Kruez, R. & Dale, R. (in press) Flavors of togetherness: experimental philosophy and theories of joint action. In J. Knobe & S. Nichols Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Tollefsen, D. 2014. A dynamic theory of shared intention. In S. Chant & F. Hindriks (Eds.) From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New Essays, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Tollefsen, D., Dale, R. & Paxton, A. 2013. Alignment, transactive memory, and collective cognitive systems. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 4 (1): 49-64.

Tollefsen, D., Dale, R. and Olsen, L. 2013. The devil’s in the details: mental institutions and proper engagement. In Merritt, M. and Varga, S. (Eds.) Cognitive Systems Research, 25-26; pp. 35-39.


Recent & Upcoming Presentations

"Epistemic Reactive Attitudes," St. Louis University, Conference on Epistemic and Social Norms, March 2015

"Groups with Attitudes," University of California Irvine, February 2015


Deborah Tollefsen
Contact Details
Professor of Philosophy
Office: 109 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-4689
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: dtollfsn<at>memphis<dot>edu
Office Hours (Spring 2015): MW 10.15am-11.15am
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