Richard Kimberly Heck

Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Linguistics, Director of Graduate Studies
Corliss Brackett 216
Office Hours Monday 3-4pm, Friday 1-1:50pm


Richard Kimberly Heck received their PhD from MIT in 1991 and have taught at Brown since 2005. Heck is best known for their work on Gottlob Frege's philosophy of logic and mathematics, having written two books on that topic: Frege's Theorem and Reading Frege's Grundgesetze, both from Oxford University Press.

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 at Thought and is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophers' ImprintPhilosophia Mathematica, and the Journal of Philosophical Logic.