Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
Siemens Fellow - Class of Fall 2008
Juliet Floyd is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. She has taught at the City University of New York, as well as the Universities of Vienna (2007), Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2009), and Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 (2012). In addition to her award of a Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin (2008), she was awarded an appointment at the Institute of Advanced Study at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg August Universität, Göttingen (2010-11). As an expert on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Floyd’s research focuses broadly on the history of twentieth century philosophy, including its relations to eighteenth century philosophy, especially on topics in epistemology, philosophy of language, aesthetics, and the philosophy of logic and mathematics. She has an abiding interest in the nature of objectivity: how it arises, why we should care about it, and how we are to construe it philosophically. Her writings have examined figures such as Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, Gödel and Quine. But she has also written articles on the objectivity and nature of rule-following, on the fate of empiricism in the 1950s, and on the philosophy of John Rawls.