Research and Publications

Associate professor, ARC Future Fellow
Philosophy Department, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Building 11, E672, Monash University, Phone: +61 3 990 53208

My research is mainly in philosophy of mind and in cognitive science. I conduct research on the traditional mind-body debate as well as more interdisciplinary areas such as philosophy of cognitive neuroscience and philosophical psychopathology. I am involved in a number of experimental, interdisciplinary research projects with neuroscientists and psychiatrists and have built up a laboratory where we conduct experiments using neuroscience and psychology methods to address philosophical issues, and vice versa.

In 2011-15 I am an Australian Research Council Future Fellow on the project: The Human Mind in Prediction: Conceptual, Experimental and Practical Implications of the Theory that the Brain is a Hypothesis-tester. This fellowship will have both theoretical and experimental parts (there are some representative publications below on the project; a popular article, in German, here). The experiments are conducted in collaboration with neuroscientists and psychologists both overseas, nationally and in my own lab. I am always interested to hear from honours and postgraduate students from all academic fields who would like to work in this interdisciplinary area. My book on the topic is coming out with Oxford University Press in 2013.

Most recently, we have begun applying the notion of the hypothesis testing brain to autism. In collaboration with Colin Palmer, Peter Enticott and Uta Frith we investigate multisensory integration in this developmental disorder.

My book The Predictive Mind (Oxford University Press) is available in paperback from OUP | hardback from OUP | Amazon kindle | | |

Education & Degrees
Mag.Art., Inst. for filosofi, Aarhus Universitet, 1995.
M.Phil., Dept. of Logic & Metaphysics, University of St. Andrews, 1992.
Ph.D., Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 1998. [Ph.D.-thesis: Meaning as Use, Philosophy Program, RSSS, ANU, 1998.]
Dr.Phil. [akin to a habilitation], Aarhus University, Reduce and Conquer: Some Philosophical Papers on Mind and Meaning, 466p, mainly previously published material.

Areas of research
Philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of neuroscience and neuropsychiatry.

Books and edited collections
My book The Predictive Mind (Oxford University Press) is now available; paperback from OUP | hardback from OUP | Amazon kindle | | (and, in January)

Hohwy, J. & Kallestrup, J. (eds). Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. September 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-921153-1. With contributions from: Valerie Gray Hardcastle and Rosalyn Stewart, John Bickle, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Christian List & Philip Pettit, Jaegwon Kim, Peter Lipton, David Papineau, Barry Loewer, Louise Antony, Tim Crane, Peter Menzies, James Woodward, Daniel Stoljar, Karen Bennett.

Functional Integration and the Mind.  Special issue of Synthese 159(3), 2007. Guest editor, J. Hohwy. With contributions from: Mike Anderson, Rick Grush, Tori McGeer, Chris Eliasmith, Karl Friston and Klaas Stephan, Philip Gerrans, Tim Bayne & Elizabeth Pacherie.

Articles and chapters

Draft paper: Hohwy, J. The neural organ explains the brain. Under review.

Draft paper: Hohwy, J. Prediction error minimization, mental and developmental disorder, and statistical theories of consciousness. Under review.

Bayne, T., Hohwy, J. (forthcoming). Modes of consciousness. In W Sinnott-Armstrong (ed). Consciousness after Severe Brain Damage: Medical, Legal, Ethical, and Philosophical Perspectives. New York: OUP.NEW

Hohwy, J. (in print) Elusive phenomenology, counterfactual awareness, and presence without mastery (Commentary on target article by Anil Seth). Cognitive Neuroscience. NEW

Hohwy, J. (in print) Elusive phenomenology, counterfactual awareness, and presence without mastery (Commentary on target article by Anil Seth). Cognitive Neuroscience. NEW

Hohwy, J. Forthcoming. The self-evidencing brain. Noûs. doi: 10.1111/nous.12062.  NEW

Bayne, T., Hohwy, J. In print. Global Disorders of Consciousness. In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. NEW

van Doorn, G., Hohwy, J., Symmons, M. 2013. Can you tickle yourself if you swap bodies with someone else? Consciousness & Cognition 23: 1-11. [Penultimate draft]. Written up in New Scientist; listed on BBC. NEW

Bayne, T., Hohwy, J. 2013. Consciousness: Theoretical approaches. In A.E. Cavanna, A. Nani, H. Blumenfeld, S. Laureys (eds.), Neuroimaging of Consciousness, 23. Berlin: Springer Verlag. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-37580-4_2.

Palmer, C., Paton, B., Barclay, L., Hohwy, J. 2013. Equality, efficiency, and sufficiency: Responding to multiple parameters of distributive justice during charitable distribution. The Review of Philosophy and Psychology 4(4) 659-674.

Palmer, C., Paton, B., Hohwy, J., Enticott, P. 2013. Movement under uncertainty: The effects of the rubber-hand illusion vary along the nonclinical autism spectrum. Neuropsychologia 51(10): 1942-1951.

Hohwy, J., Palmer, C. Forthcoming. Social cognition as causal inference: implications for common knowledge and autism. In Mattia Gallotti and John Michael (Eds.), Social Ontology and Social Cognition, Springer Series "Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality", Vol. 4, 2014.

Paton, B., Skewes, J., Frith, C., Hohwy, J. 2013. Skull-bound perception and precision optimization through culture. Behavioural and Brain Sciences. 36(3):42. Commentary on target paper by Andy Clark. 

Hohwy, J. 2013. Delusions, illusions, and inference under uncertainty. Mind & Language 28: 57-71. DOI: 10.1111/mila.12008.

Palmer, C. J. Paton, B., T. Ngo, T. T., Thomson, R. H., Hohwy, J., and M. Miller, S. M.  2013. Individual differences in moral behavior: A role for response to risk and uncertainty? Neuroethics. Online First. 2012DOI: 10.1007/s12152-012-9158-4.

Van Doorn, G., Hohwy, J., Symmons, M. 2012. Capture of kinesthesis by a competing cutaneous input. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 74(7): 1539-1551. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-012-0327-7.

Hohwy, J. 2012. Attention and conscious perception in the hypothesis testing brain. Frontiers in Psychology 3:96. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00096. See also the Frontiers Research Topic, edited by N. Tsuchiya and J. v Boxtel.

Paton, B., Hohwy, J., Enticott, P. 2012. The rubber hand illusion reveals proprioceptive and sensorimotor differences in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 42(9): 1870-1883,. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1430-7. [Final draft]

Hohwy, J. & Rajan, V. 2012. Delusions as Forensically Disturbing Perceptual Inferences. Neuroethics 5(1): 5-11. doi: 10.1007/s12152-011-9124-6

Hohwy, J. & Fox, E. 2012. Preserved aspects of consciousness in disorders of consciousness: A review and conceptual analysis. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 19 (3-4): 87-120.

Hohwy, J. 2011. Phenomenal variability and introspective reliability. Mind & Language 26(3): 261-286.

Hohwy, J. 2011. Mind-brain identity and evidential insulation. Philosophical Studies 153(3): 377-395. doi: 10.1007/s11098-010-9524-1.

Hohwy, J., Paton, B. 2010. Explaining away the body: experiences of supernaturally caused touch and touch on non-hand objects within the rubber hand illusion. PLoS ONE 5(2): e9416.

Hohwy, J. 2010. The hypothesis testing brain: some philosophical implications. In ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science. Edited by Wayne Christensen, Elizabeth Schier, and John Sutton. Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.

Hohwy, J. 2009. The neural correlates of consciousness: new experimental approaches needed? Consciousness and Cognition. 18: 428-438.

Hohwy, J., Reutens, D. 2009. A case for increased caution in end of life decision for disorders of consciousness. Monash Bioethics Review 28, No. 2: 13.1-13.13.

Hohwy, J., Roepstorff, A., Friston, K. 2008. Predictive coding explains binocular rivalry: an epistemological review. Cognition 108 (3): 687-701.

Hohwy, J. 2007. Functional integration and the mind. Synthese 159(3): 315-328.

Hohwy, J. 2007. The Sense of Self in the Phenomenology of Agency and Perception. Psyche 13/2 (Susanna Siegel, ed.).

Hohwy, J. 2007. The Search for Neural Correlates of Consciousness. Philosophy Compass 2/3: 461-474.

Hohwy, J. 2006. Internalized meaning factualism. Philosophia, Philosophical Quarterly of Israel 34:3: 325-336.

Hohwy, J., Rosenberg, R. 2005. Cognitive neuropsychiatry: conceptual and methodological issues. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 6(3): 192-197.

Hohwy, J., Rosenberg, R. 2005. Unusual experiences, reality testing and delusions of alien control. Mind & Language 20(2): 141-162.

Hohwy, J. 2005. Explanation and two conceptions of the physical. Erkenntnis 62: 71-89.

Hohwy, J., Frith, C. 2004. Can neuroscience explain consciousness? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 11 (7-8): 180-198.

Hohwy, J. 2004. Evidence, explanation, and experience: On the harder problem of consciousness. The Journal of Philosophy CI (5): 242-254. Also found on Ned Block's webpages.

Hohwy, J. 2004. The experience of mental causation. Behaviour and Philosophy 32, 377-400.

Hohwy, J. 2004. Top-down and bottom-up in delusion formation. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 11(1): 65-70.

Hohwy, J., Frith, C. 2004. Studies of the neural correlates of consciousness can do better, but are on the right track. Journal of Consciousness Studies 11(1): 45–51.

Hohwy, J. 2003. Capacities, explanation and the possibility of disunity. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17(2): 179–190.

Hohwy, J. 2003. Critical Notice: When Self-Consciousness Breaks, by Lynn Stephens & Graham. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 8: 237–242.

Hohwy, J. 2003. A reductio of Kripke-Wittgenstein's objections to dispositionalism about meaning, Minds and Machines 13(2): 257–268.

Hohwy, J. 2002. Deflationism about truth and meaning. Southern Journal of Philosophy 40: 217–242.

Hohwy, J. 2002. Privileged self-Knowledge and externalism: A contextualist approach. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 83: 235–252.

Hohwy, J. 2001. Semantic primitivism and normativity. Ratio 14: 1–17.

Gold, I., Hohwy, J. 2000. Rationality and schizophrenic delusion. Mind and Language 15: 146–167, 2000. Also in Pathologies of Belief, M. Coltheart & M. Davies (eds.), Oxford: Blackwell.

Hohwy, J. 1997. Quietism and cognitive command. Philosophical Quarterly 47: 496–500.

Companion & Encyclopaedia Entries
Neural correlates of consciousness. Encyclopedia of Mind. Edited by H Paschler. Sage. Forthcoming.
Neural correlates of consciousness (philosophical aspects). (2009). Oxford Companion to Consciousness. Edited by T Bayne, A Cleeremans, P Wilkens. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [3,000 words]
Consciousness. In The Language of Science - ISSN 1971-1352 - Monza: Polimetrica.

Reviews and Commentaries
Hohwy, J. Neural correlates and causal mechanisms (Commentary on paper by J. Neisser). Consciousness and Cognition. In print.
Hohwy, J. Review. The Nature of Consciousness, by Mark Rowlands. In Philosophical Psychology 18(1): 145–156, 2005.

Popular Media

National Public Radio. Interview about self-tickle (heavily edited).

Ananthswamy, A. Tickling yourself is impossible even when in another’s shoes. New Scientist. A write up on our body swap and tickle study.

Marshall, T. Up close and personal with Uta Frith. Australian Autism Aspergers Network Magazine 1/2013. A write up on mentor and collaborator Uta Frith.

Lenzen, M. Das Hypothesen testende Gehirn. Gehirn und Geist 4/2013. [A write up in German, partly on my book]
Hohwy, J. Adventures in blobology: 20 years of fMRI brain scanning. The Conversation, 3rd November 2011.

Current students: Bryan Paton (PhD), Warren du Preez (PhD), Tessa Jones (PhD), Colin Palmer (PhD), Maxwell Riess (MA).
Past students: Jonas Christensen (PhD, Denmark/Edinburgh), Joshua Skewes (PhD, Denmark), Brunton Stewart (PhD, Monash), David Kalkman (MA)

David Kalkman's thesis Naturalistic Explanations of Religious Belief - And their Philosophical Implications, jointly supervised by Graham Oppy and I was awarded 2012 Faculty of Arts Best Masters Thesis Award and the 2012 Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Masters Thesis Excellence (see a publication from the thesis).

Bryan Paton was awarded a 1-year postdoctoral bridging fellowship from the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University. Bryan will be working at the Monash Biomedical Imaging facility, in collaboration with the Philosophy & Cognition lab.

Recent talks
17-18th July Free Energy Principle: Unifying theory of brain function. Berlin

Web presence (listed in the order in which they are updated with new papers): 1. Monash homepage, 2. Personal page, 3., 4. Philpapers, 5. Google Scholar, 6. Frontiers, 7. Monash University Researcher portal. 8. Microsoft Academic Search.