Ned Block

Ned Block (Ph.D., Harvard), Silver Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, came to NYU in 1996 from MIT where he was Chair of the Philosophy Program. He works in philosophy of mind and foundations of neuroscience and cognitive science and is currently writing a book on consciousness with the support of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2006-2007. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Language and Information, a Sloan Foundation Fellow, a faculty member at two NEH Institutes and two NEH Seminars, the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Science Foundation; and a recipient of the Robert A. Muh Award in Humanities and Social Science from MIT. He is a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, a past Chair of the MIT Press Cognitive Science Board of Syndics, and past President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. The Philosophers' Annual selected his papers as one of the "ten best" in 1983, 1990, 1995 and 2002. He is co-editor of The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates (MIT Press, 1997). The first of two volumes of his collected papers, Functionalism, Consciousness and Representation, is forthcoming from MIT Press. He recently gave the William James Lectures at Harvard, the John Locke Lectures at Oxford, the Immanuel Kant Lectures at Stanford and the Jean Nicod Lectures at the École Normale Supérieure.


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