Michael O'Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch at Michigan State University. His research interests include environmental philosophy, the nature of epistemic integration and communication in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and the nature of linguistic communication between intelligent agents. He is Director of the Toolbox Project, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research (http://toolbox-project.org/). He has published extensively on the topics of communication, interdisciplinary theory and practice, and robotic agent design. He has been a co-principal investigator or collaborator on funded projects involving environmental science education, facilitating cross-disciplinary communication, biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture, resilience in environmental systems, and autonomous underwater vehicles. He co-founded and served as co-director of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, an interdisciplinary conference on philosophical themes, and as co-editor of the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series published by MIT Press.
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Hall, T. E., & O'Rourke, M. 2014. "Responding to communication challenges in transdisciplinary sustainability science." In K. Huutoniemi & P. Tapio (Eds.), Heuristics for Transdisciplinary Sustainability Studies: Solution-oriented Approaches to Complex Problems. Oxford: Routledge.
Looney, C., Donovan, S., O'Rourke, M., Crowley, S., Eigenbrode, S. D., Rotschy, L., Bosque-Pérez, N., Wulfhorst, J. D. 2013. "Seeing through the eyes of collaborators: Using Toolbox workshops to enhance cross-disciplinary communication." In M. O'Rourke, S. Crowley, S. D. Eigenbrode, and J. D. Wulfhorst. (Eds.) Enhancing Communication and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
O'Rourke, M., Crowley, S., Eigenbrode, S. D., Wulfhorst, J. D. (Eds.) 2013. Enhancing Communication and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Williams, C., O'Rourke, M., Eigenbrode, S. D., O'Loughlin, I., Crowley, S. 2013. "Using bibliometrics to support the facilitation of cross-disciplinary communication." Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. 64(9): 1768-1779.
O'Rourke, M. 2013. "Philosophy as a Theoretical Foundation for I2S." In G. Bammer, Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Integration and Implementation Sciences for Researching Complex Real-World Problems, Canberra: ANU E Press.
O'Rourke, M., Crowley, S. 2013. "Philosophical intervention and cross-disciplinary science: The story of the Toolbox Project." Synthese 190: 1937-1954.
Schnapp, L. M., Rotschy, L., Hall, T. E., Crowley, S., O'Rourke, M. 2012. "How to talk to strangers: Facilitating knowledge sharing within translational health teams with the Toolbox dialogue method." Translational Behavioral Medicine 2(4): 469-479.
Kabasenche, W., O'Rourke, M., Slater, M. (Eds.) 2012. Reference and Referring, Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. 10. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.
Horn, J., Hallin, N., Taheri, H., O'Rourke, M., Edwards, D. 2012. "Intentional State-Ascription in Multi-Agent Systems: A Case Study in Unmanned Underwater Vehicles." In V. C. Müller (Ed.), Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence. Heidelberg: Springer. pp. 225-236.
Crowley, S., Eigenbrode, S. D., O'Rourke, M., Wulfhorst, J. D. 2010. "Localization in Cross-Disciplinary Research: A Philosophical Approach." Multilingual 114, http://www.multilingual.com/downloads/114LCDR.pdf.
Henscheid, J., O'Rourke, M., Williams, J. G. 2009. "Embedding the Humanities in Cross-Disciplinary General Education Courses," JGE: The Journal of General Education 58(4): 279-295.
Bean, T., Beidler, G., Canning, J., Odell, D., Wall, R., O'Rourke, M. Anderson, M., Edwards, D. 2008. "Language and Logic to Enable Collaborative Behavior among Multiple Autonomous Underwater Vehicles," International Journal of Intelligent Control and Systems 13(1): 67-80.
O'Rourke, M., Washington, C. (Eds.) 2007. Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.
Eigenbrode, S., M. O'Rourke, J. D. Wulfhorst, D. M. Althoff, C. S. Goldberg, K. Merrill, W. Morse, M. Nielsen-Pincus, J. Stephens, L. Winowiecki, N. A. Bosque-Pérez. 2007. "Employing Philosophical Dialogue in Collaborative Science," BioScience 57: 55-64.
O'Rourke, M. 2003. "The Scope Argument," The Journal of Philosophy 100: 134-155.