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I am a postdoctoral associate in the NYU Department of Philosophy, and research fellow of the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness and the Global Institute for Advanced Study Project on Space, Time and Consciousness.

My primary research is in the metaphysics of mind. I also have research interests in perception, the metaphysics of science, moral psychology, value theory, and legal and political philosophy.

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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.

Before graduate school I worked in logic and knowledge representation at IFOMIS, the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, then in Leipzig, Germany. Before that, I majored in philosophy and minored in mathematics at Columbia University.

My Erdős Number is at most 5 (Barry SmithHeinrich HerreJouko A. VäänänenMenachem MagidorErdős).


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