Faculty & Staff
Maria Brincker, PhD
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy of Mind, Psychology and Neuroscience, Aesthetic Experience, Privacy & Technology, Philosophy of Biology, Phenomenology, Action theory, Free Will
PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2010
Professional Publications & Contributions
Maria Brincker's research primarily revolves around a quest for more adequate theoretical models of our psychological processes and the complex neurobiology and cultural worlds that support them. A core philosophical challenge lies in the tension between growing empirical evidence for the dynamic and contextual functioning of organisms and minds on the one hand, and our epistemological desires for atomistic and mechanistic models on the other. With collaborators within neuroscience we try to build new theories and methodologies as well as re-interpret old findings in new frames.
Brincker is also studying how these challenges of dynamic, social and relational models relate to applied areas such as the field of autism research and developmental psychology as well as broader questions in aesthetics and most recently in relation to our autonomy and agency. Brincker is in this relation particularly focused on current technologically mediated actions, and issues of privacy and discrimination.
Another line of inquiry has to do with more abstract questions of the role of context, temporality and interaction in theoretical biology and metaphysics.
PHIL 344: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 305: Action
PHIL 281: Special Topics: Mind, Choice & Action
PHIL 130G: Privacy
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy