William J. Rapaport (Ph.D., Philosophy, Indiana University, 1976; M.S., Computer Science, SUNY Buffalo, 1984) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, an affiliated faculty member in the Departments of Philosophy and of Linguistics, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Science, all at State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests are in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, knowledge representation and reasoning, contextual vocabulary acquisition, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of computer science, critical thinking, and cognitive development. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the co-author or co-editor of two books; has written over 100 articles in computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, and education; and has been Review Editor of the cognitive science journal Minds and Machines and on the editorial boards of the journals Computational Linguistics and Machine Translation, the philosophy journal Noûs, the cognitive science book series Studies in Cognitive Systems, and the American Philosophical Association Newsletters on Teaching Philosophy and on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy. He is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.