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Maria Brincker, PhD

  • Assistant Professor (Philosophy of Mind & Neuroscience) Associate Editor - Phenomenology & the Cognitive Sciences
  • Telephone: 617-287-6530
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  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,05-0007

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Mind, Psychology and Neuroscience, Aesthetic Experience, Privacy & Technology, Philosophy of Biology, Phenomenology, Action theory, Free Will

Degrees

PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2010

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

My 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.

I am 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. I am in this relation particularly focused on current technologically mediated actions, and issues of privacy and discrimination.

Another line of inquire has to do with more abstract questions of the role of context, temporality and interaction in theoretical biology and metaphysics.

 

COURSES TAUGHT

PHIL 344: Philosophy of Mind 
PHIL 305: Action 
PHIL 281: Special Topics: Mind, Choice & Action
PHIL 130G: Privacy 
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy
 

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