Curriculum Vitae

David John Chalmers

Department of Philosophy
New York University
New York, NY 10003, USA.

School of Philosophy
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.

Personal

Date of birth: April 20, 1966.
Nationality: Australian.

E-mail: chalmers at nyu dot edu

Education

1983-1986: University of Adelaide. Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, in Pure Mathematics.

1987-1988: University of Oxford. Graduate student in Mathematics.

1989-1993: Indiana University. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy and Cognitive Science.

Employment

1989-1993: Research Assistant, Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University.

1993-1995: McDonnell Fellow, Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology, Washington University.

1995-1997: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz.

1997-1998: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz.

1998: Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz.

1999-2004: Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona.

1999-2001: Associate Director, Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

2002-2004: Director, Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

2004: Regents Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona.

2004-9: ARC Federation Fellow and Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University.

2004-: Director, Centre for Consciousness, Australian National University.

2009-: Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University.

2009-2012: Visiting Professor of Philosophy, New York University.

2012-2015: Professor of Philosophy, New York University

2012-: Co-Director, Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness, New York University

2015-: University Professor of Philosophy, New York University

Awards and Honors

Rhodes Scholarship, 1987

Stanton Prize, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2004

Federation Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2004

President, Australian Association of Philosophy, 2006-07

Fellow, Australian Academy of Humanities, 2006

Jon Barwise Prize for Philosophy and Computing, 2008

John Locke Lecturer, Oxford University, 2010

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, 2011

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013

Peter Baume Award, Australian National University, 2013

President, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, 2014.

Jean Nicod Prize, Institut Jean Nicod, 2015

Teaching

Courses taught:

Books (Authored)

The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. Oxford University Press, 1996.

The Character of Consciousness. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Constructing the World. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Books (Edited)

Toward a Science of Consciousness III: The Third Tucson Discussions and Debates (with S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniak). MIT Press, 2000.

Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Chalmers, D. J., "Syntactic Transformations on Distributed Representations". Connection Science 2: 53-62, 1990.

Chalmers, D. J., "Why Fodor and Pylyshyn Were Wrong: The Simplest Refutation". Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1990. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Chalmers, D. J., "The Evolution of Learning: An Experiment in Genetic Connectionism". In Connectionist Models: Proceedings of the 1990 Summer School Workshop, 1990. San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.

Chalmers, D. J., "Computing the Thinkable" (commentary on R. Penrose, The Emperor's New Mind). Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13: 658-9, 1990.

Chalmers, D. J., French, R. M., & Hofstadter, D. R., "High-Level Perception, Representation, and Analogy: A Critique of Artificial Intelligence Methodology". Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 4:185-211, 1992. Reprinted in (D. R. Hofstadter) Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies. Basic Books.

Chalmers, D. J., "Subsymbolic Computation and the Chinese Room". In (J. Dinsmore, ed.) The Symbolic and Connectionist Paradigms: Closing the Gap, pp. 25-48. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1992.

Chalmers, D. J., "Self-Ascription Without Qualia: A Case-Study" (commentary on A. Goldman, "The Psychology of Folk Psychology"). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1993.

Chalmers, D. J., "Connectionism and Compositionality: Why Fodor and Pylyshyn Were Wrong". Philosophical Psychology 6:305-19, 1993.

Chalmers, D. J. "On Implementing a Computation". Minds and Machines, 4:391-402, 1994.

Chalmers, D. J. "Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness". Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2(3):200-19, 1995. Reprinted in (S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniak, & A.Scott, eds.) Toward a Science of Consciousness (MIT Press, 1996). Reprinted in J. Shear (ed.) Explaining Consciousness: the Hard Problem (MIT Press, 1997). Reprinted in (J. Heil, ed) Philosophy of Mind: A Guide and Anthology (Oxford University Press, 2003). Reprinted in (J. Vacca, ed) The World's 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems (Prentice-Hall, 2004). Reprinted in (R. Carter) Exploring Consciousness (University of California Press, 2002). Reprinted in (M. Eckert, ed) Theories of Mind: Introductory Readings (Rowman and Littlefield). Reprinted (as "The Hard Problem of Consciousness" and "Naturalistic Dualism") in (M. Velmans and S. Schneider, eds) The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (Blackwell, 2007).

Chalmers, D. J. "Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia". In (T. Metzinger, ed.) Conscious Experience. Ferdinand Schoningh, 1995. Reprinted in (T. O'Connor & D. Robb, eds) Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings (Routledge, 2003).

Chalmers, D. J. "The Puzzle of Conscious Experience". Scientific American, 237(6):62-68, December 1995. Reprinted in (P. van Inwagen & D. Zimmerman, eds) Metaphysics: The Big Questions. Reprinted in (T. Schick & L. Vaughn, eds) Doing Philosophy: An Introduction through Thought-Experiments. Reprinted in (A. Damasio, ed) The Scientific American Book of the Brain (Lyons Press, 2001). Reprinted in (W. Lawhead( Philosophical Questions (McGraw-Hill, 2003). Reprinted in (L. Bonjour & A. Baker, eds) Philosophical Problems: An Annotated Anthology (Longman, 2004). Reprinted in (B. Beedles & M. Petracca, eds) Academic Communities/Disciplinary Conventions (Prentice-Hall, 2001). Reprinted in (B. Gertler & L. Shapiro, eds) Arguing About the Mind (Routledge, 2007).

Chalmers, D. J. "Minds, Machines, and Mathematics". Psyche, 2:11-20, 1995.

Chalmers, D. J. "Does a Rock Implement Every Finite-State Automaton?". Synthese 108:309-33, 1996.

Chalmers, D. J. "Availability: The Cognitive Basis of Experience?". Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20:148-49, 1997. Reprinted in (N. Block, O. Flanagan, and G. Guzeldere, eds.) The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates MIT Press, 1997.

Chalmers, D.J. "Moving Forward on the Problem of Consciousness". Journal of Consciousness Studies 4(1), 1997. Reprinted in (J. Shear, ed.), Explaining Consciousness: the Hard Problem. MIT Press, 1997.

Chalmers, D.J. "On the Search for the Neural Correlate of Consciousness". In (S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniak, & A.Scott, eds.) Toward a Science of Consciousness II. MIT Press, 1998.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Problems of Consciousness". In (H. Jasper, ed) Consciousness at the Frontiers of Neuroscience. Raven-Lippincott, 1998.

Clark, A., & Chalmers, D.J. "The Extended Mind". Analysis 58:10-23, 1998. Reprinted in The Philosopher's Annual, 1998. Reprinted in (D.J. Chalmers, ed) Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (Oxford University Press, 2002). Reprinted in (B. Gertler & L. Shapiro, eds) Arguing About the Mind (Routledge, 2007). Reprinted in (W.G. Lycan and J. Prinz, eds.) Mind and Cognition: A Reader (Blackwell, 2007).

Chalmers, D.J. "Precis of The Conscious Mind". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1999.

Chalmers, D.J. "Materialism and the Metaphysics of Modality". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59:473-93, 1999.

Chalmers, D. J., "Is There Synonymy in Ockham's Mental Language?". In (P. V. Spade, ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ockham. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Chalmers, D.J. "What is a Neural Correlate of Consciousness?". In (T. Metzinger, ed) Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Empirical and Conceptual Issues, pp. 17-39. MIT Press, 2000. Reprinted in (A. Noe & E. Thompson, eds) Vision and Mind: Selected Readings. MIT Press, 2002.

Chalmers, D.J. & Jackson, F. "Conceptual Analysis and Reductive Explanation". Philosophical Review, 110:315-61, 2001.

Chalmers, D.J. "Does Conceivability Entail Possibility?". In (T. Gendler & J. Hawthorne, eds) Conceivability and Possibility, pp. 145-200. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Components of Content". In Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Chalmers, D.J. "The St. Petersburg Two-Envelope Paradox." Analysis 62:155-57, 2002.

Chalmers, D.J. "On Sense and Intension." Philosophical Perspectives 16:135-82, 2002. Reprinted in (M. Davidson, ed) On Sense and Direct Reference: Readings in the Philosophy of Language (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

Chalmers, D.J. "The Content and Epistemology of Phenomenal Belief". In (Q. Smith & A. Jokic, eds) Consciousness: New Philosophical Essays, pp. 220-72. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Chalmers, D.J. "Consciousness and its Place in Nature". In (S. Stich & F., Warfield, eds) Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell, 2003. Also in (D. Chalmers, ed) Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press, 2002. Reprinted (abridged) in (W. Lycan & J. Prinz, eds) Mind and Cognition: A Reader (Blackwell, 2007).

Bayne, T. & Chalmers, D.J. "What is the Unity of Consciousness?" In (A. Cleeremans, ed) The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, Integration, Dissociation, pp. 23-58. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Nature of Narrow Content". Philosophical Issues 13: 46-66, 2003.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Matrix as Metaphysics". Philosophy Section of thematrix.com, 2003. Reprinted in (C. Grau, ed) Philosophers Explore the Matrix. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Chalmers, D.J. "Epistemic Two-Dimensional Semantics". Philosophical Studies 118:153-226, 2004.

Chalmers, D.J. "Imagination, Indexicality, and Intensions". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68:182-90, 2004.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Representational Character of Experience". In (B. Leiter, ed) The Future for Philosophy, pp. 153-81. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Chalmers, D.J. "How Can We Construct a Science of Consciousness?" In (M. Gazzaniga, ed) The Cognitive Neurosciences III, pp. 1111-19. MIT Press, 2004.

Chalmers, D.J. "Phenomenal Concepts and the Knowledge Argument". In (P. Ludlow, Y. Nagasawa, & D. Stoljar, eds) There's Something about Mary: Essays on Frank Jackson's Knowledge Argument Against Physicalism, pp. 269-98. MIT Press, 2004.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Foundations of Two-Dimensional Semantics". In (M. Garcia-Carpintero and J. Macia, eds) Two-Dimensional Semantics: Foundations and Applications. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Chalmers, D.J. "Perception and the Fall from Eden". In (T. Gendler and J. Hawthorne, eds) Perceptual Experience. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Chalmers, D.J. "Two-Dimensional Semantics". In (E. Lepore and B. Smith, eds) Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press, 2006

Chalmers, D.J. "Phenomenal Concepts and the Explanatory Gap". In (T. Alter & S. Walter, eds) Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Knowledge: New Essays on Consciousness and Physicalism. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Chalmers, D.J. & Hajek, A. "Ramsey + Moore = God". Analysis 67:170-72, 2007.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Two-Dimensional Argument Against Materialism". In (B. McLaughlin, A. Beckermann, & S. Walter, eds) Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Mind, pp. 313-335. Oxford University Press, 2009. Expanded version in The Character of Consciousness (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Chalmers, D.J. "Ontological Anti-Realism". In (D. Chalmers, D. Manley, and R. Wasserman) Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology, pp. 77-129. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Chalmers, D.J. "Mind and Consciousness: Five Questions". In (P. Grim, ed) Mind and Consciousness: 5 Questions. Automatic Press, 2009.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis". Journal of Consciousness Studies 17:7-65, 2010.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Nature of Epistemic Space". In (A. Egan and B. Weatherson, eds) Epistemic Modality. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Chalmers, D.J. "Propositions and Attitude Ascriptions: A Fregean Account". Nous 45:595-639, 2011.

Chalmers, D.J. "Revisability and Conceptual Change in 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism'". Journal of Philosophy 108:387-415, 2011.

Chalmers, D.J. "Frege's Puzzle and the Objects of Credence". Mind 120:587-635, 2011.

Chalmers, D.J. "Actuality and Knowability". Analysis 71:411-19, 2011.

Chalmers, D.J. "Verbal Disputes". Philosophical Review, 120:515-66, 2011.

Chalmers, D.J. "A Computational Foundation for the Study of Cognition". Journal of Cognitive Science 12:323-57, 2011.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Varieties of Computation: A Reply to Commentators". Journal of Cognitive Science 13:211-48, 2012.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Singularity: A Reply to Commentators". Journal of Consciousness Studies 19:141-67, 2012.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Contents of Consciousness: Reply to Hellie, Peacocke, and Siegel". Analysis 73:345-68, 2013.

Chalmers, D.J. "Panpsychism and Panprotopsychism". Amherst Lecture in Philosophy 2013. Also in (T. Alter and Y. Nagasawa, eds) Russellian Monism (Oxford University Press, 2015); and in (G. Bruntrup and L. Jaskolla, eds) Panpsychism (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Chalmers, D.J. "Strong Necessities and the Mind-Body Problem: A Reply". Philosophical Studies 3:785-800, 2014.

Bourget, D.J. & Chalmers, D.J. "What do Philosophers Believe?". Philosophical Studies 170:465-500, 2014.

Chalmers, D.J. "Intuitions in Philosophy: A Minimal Defense". Philosophical Studies 171:535-44, 2014.

Chalmers, D.J. and Rabern, B. "Two-Dimensional Semantics and the Nesting Problem". Analysis 74:210-24, 2014.

Chalmers, D.J. "Intensions and Indeterminacy: Reply to Soames, Turner, and Wilson." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89:249-269, 2014.

Chalmers, D.J. "Frontloading and Fregean Sense: Reply to Neta, Schroeder, and Stanley". Analysis 74:676-97, 2014.

Chalmers, D.J. "Why Isn't There More Progress in Philosophy?". Philosophy 1:3-31, 2015.

Chalmers, D.J. "The Combination Problem for Panpsychism". In (G. Bruntrup and L. Jaskolla, eds) Panpsychism. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Chalmers, D.J. "Referentialism and the Objects of Credence". Mind 2016.

Other Publications

Review of Journal of Consciousness Studies. Times Literary Supplement, November 24, 1994.

Review of R. Penrose, Shadows of the Mind. Scientific American, June 1995.

Reply to Searle. New York Review of Books, May 15, 1997. Reprinted in (J. Searle et al) The Mystery of Consciousness. New York Review Press, 1997.

Reply to Mulhauser. Psyche, volume 2, 1996.

"Consciousness in Philosophy, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychology 1970-1995: A Bibliography". Co-authored with T. Metzinger. In (T. Metzinger, ed) Conscious Experience., pp. 507-54. Ferdinand Schoningh, 1995.

"Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: An Annotated Bibliography". PNP Technical Report 94-05, 1994.

Commentary by Others

Book: Explaining Consciousness: The Hard Problem (J. Shear, ed.). MIT Press, 1997. (Keynote paper by author, 26 commentaries and developments by others, author's response.)

Journal symposia:

Conferences:

Reviews of The Conscious Mind: in Times Higher Education Supplement, Nature, Times Literary Supplement, Economist, Foundations of Physics, Journal of Mind and Behavior, London Times, New Scientist, The Tablet, Psyche, Contemporary Psychology, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Physics Today, New York Times Book Review, Sydney Morning Herald, New York Review of Books, Choice, Library Journal, Minds and Machines, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Mind, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, American Journal of Psychology, Weekend Australian, Australian Review of Books, Origins and Design, First Things, Theory and Psychology, Psychological Medicine, Inquiry, Perspectives, Review of Metaphysics, Quarterly Review of Biology.

Conference Presentations

  • "Finding Space in a Nonspatial World". Metaphysics and Epistemology at the Ranch. Tucson, January 2016.

    Invited Colloquia

    Lecture Series and Named Lectures

    Grants

  • Service

    Referee for: American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Cognition, Cognitive Science, Connection Science, Consciousness and Cognition, Dialogue, Dialectica, Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Mind, Mind and Language, Minds and Machines, Nature Neuroscience, Nous, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophers' Imprint, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical Review, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy of Science, Psyche, Psycoloquy, Synthese, Theoria, Trends in Neuroscience, Blackwell, Broadview, Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Harvard University Press, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, Routledge, Westview.

    Editorial Boards

    Conferences Organized

  • Finding Space (NYU Paris, June 2015)
  • Integrated Information Theory (NYU, November 2015)
  • Is the Brain Bayesian? (NYU, December 2015)
  • Reflexive Theories of Consciousness (ANU, July 2016)
  • Professional Societies

    Web Resources Maintained

    Students and Postdoctoral Fellows