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Maria Brincker, PhD

  • Assistant Professor (Philosophy of Mind & Neuroscience) Associate Editor for Phenomenology & the Cognitive Sciences
  • Telephone: 617.287.6530
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  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,05-007

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

Additional Information

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.

She 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. In this relation her recent focus is on technologically mediated actions, and current 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.

See also: page 
ResearchGate page
Personal website



PHIL 344: Philosophy of Mind 
PHIL 305: Action 
PHIL 281: Special Topics: Mind, Choice & Action
PHIL 130G: Privacy
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy
HONORS  293: Honors Topic in Social & Behavioral Sciences - Contextual Minds


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