Beth Preston works primarily in the areas of philosophy of mind, action theory, and philosophy of technology. She received her MA from the New School University and her PhD from Boston University. Her undergraduate degree is from Reed College;
Representative publications include: Synthetic Biology as Red Herring, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2013, A Philosophy of Material Culture: Action, Function and Mind (Routledge, 2012); Cognition and Tool Use, Mind & Language 1998; Why is a Wing Like a Spoon? A Pluralist Theory of Function, The Journal of Philosophy 1998; Merleau-Ponty and Feminine Embodied Existence, Continental Philosophy Review 1996; Heidegger and Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 1993.