John Barker

I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois Springfield, and also Chair of the Philosophy Department. I am a philosophical logician/philosopher of language, with strong side-interests in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. I joined the UIS Philosophy Department in 2004.

My Philosophical Writings

My Courses

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My Philosophical Family Tree

An academic family tree is a way of connecting yourself to the past by looking at your teacher, your teacher's teacher, your teacher's teacher's teacher, .... Typically, the teacher in question is your dissertation adviser. There isn't any real significance to academic family trees (in my opinion), but they are fun to trace. A family tree of nearly 13,000 philosophers has been compiled here. I happen to belong to the Leibniz family, which also happens to be the largest one.


Gottfried Leibniz
  Christian Wolff
    Martin Knutzen
      Immanuel Kant
        Karl Reinhold
          Friedrich Trendelenburg
            Franz Brentano
              Kazimierz Twardowski
                Stanislaw Lesniewski
                  Alfred Tarski
                    Robert Vaught
                      Jack Silver
                        John Burgess
                          John Barker

Contact Me

jbark3@uis.edu