NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness and the Global Institute for Advanced Study Project on Space, Time and Consciousness, Previously, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, and a Mellon post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Tulane University.
I received my Ph.D. from NYU in May 2012. My dissertation is titled "The Sharp Contour of Consciousness." In it, I argue that the concept 'phenomenally conscious' is not vague (it is sharp), that phenomenal consciousness is, in a fairly weak sense, a joint in nature (it is a contour), and that these theses together make for a serious new challenge to some versions of materialism.
My primary research is in the metaphysics of mind. I also have research interests in moral psychology and value theory, including legal and political philosophy. My work in the metaphysics of mind overlaps the philosophy of science, the philosophy of language, and metaphysics, and I also have interests in these areas beyond that overlap. Before graduate school I worked in logic and knowledge representation. For more about my research, see my research statement.
My Erdős Number is at most 5 (Barry Smith - Heinrich Herre - Jouko A. Väänänen - Menachem Magidor - Erdős).