Professor of Philosophy
Corliss Brackett 216
Spring 2021 Office Hours:
Thursdays 12-1 and by appointment
NOTE: Only those with Brown and RISD accounts will be able to access these meetings. If you do not have a Brown account and would like to speak with Prof Heck, please email them to set up a separate meeting.
Richard Kimberly Heck received their PhD from MIT in 1991. They then taught at Harvard for 14 years, coming to Brown in 2005. Heck is probably best-known for work on historical, conceptual, and technical problems emerging from the philosophy of Gottlob Frege, especially Frege's philosophy of arithmetic. Their two books Frege's Theorem (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Reading Frege's Grundgesetze(OUP, 2012) are both focused on that topic.
Heck has also worked extensively on philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, and philosophy of mind. Most recently, however, they have been working on a range of issues concerning gender and sexuality. Concerning the former, Heck is primarily interested in understanding the notion of gender identity, that is, the subjective experience of oneself as a gendered person. Concerning the latter, Heck is working toward a book on pornography, with special attention to the transformative potential of queer and feminist pornography.
Heck is Associate Editor for Philosophy of Mathematics and Philosophy of Logic at Thought and is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophers' Imprint, Philosophia Mathematica, the Journal of Philosophical Logic, and the Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy. They are also a panelist at Ask Philosophers.