Mark Povich


  • Assistant Professor in Philosophy

PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2017

523 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4105

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 (PHIL 244/444); Thursdays 2:00-3:00 (PHIL 375), and by appointment

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • PHIL 110:  Logic
  • PHIL 244/444:  Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 375:  Philosophy of Brain and Cognitive Science

Selected Publications

Forthcoming Publications

  • Craver, Carl F., Stuart Glennan, and Mark Povich. “Constitutive Relevance and Mutual Manipulability Revisited,” Synthese.
  • Povich, Mark. “Information and Explanation: An Inconsistent Triad and Solution,” European Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 
  • Povich, Mark. “Modality and Constitution in Distinctively Mathematical Explanations,” European Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
  • Povich, Mark. “Mechanistic Explanation in Psychology,” in The SAGE Handbook of Theoretical Psychology. (Eds.) Hank Stam and Huib Looren de Jong.
  • Povich, Mark. “The Narrow Ontic Counterfactual Account of Distinctively Mathematical Explanation,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.


  • Povich, Mark. Rules to Infinity: The Normative Role of Mathematics in Scientific Explanation, Oxford University Press.
  • Povich, Mark. “A Scheme Foiled: A Critique of Baron's Account of Extra-mathematical Explanation,”Mind.
  • (2019). Povich, Mark. “Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience: Multifield Mechanistic Integration in Practice,” Theory & Psychology, 29(5), 640–656.
  • (2018). Povich, Mark and Carl F. Craver. “Review of Marc Lange's Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics,” Philosophical Review, 127, 422–6.
  • (2018). Povich, Mark. “Social Knowledge and Supervenience Revisited,” Erkenntnis, 83, 1033–43.
  • (2018). Povich, Mark. “Minimal Models and the Generalized Ontic Conception of Scientific Explanation,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 69, 117–37.
  • (2017). Craver, Carl F. and Mark Povich. “The Directionality of Distinctively Mathematical Explanations,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 63, 31–8.
  • (2017). Povich, Mark and Carl F. Craver. “Mechanistic Levels, Reduction, and Emergence,” in The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy. (Eds.) Stuart Glennan and Phyllis Illari, 185–97.
  • (2015). Povich, Mark. “Mechanisms and Model-Based Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging,”
    Philosophy of Science, 82, 1035–46.