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Crom Visiting Philosopher Series

2018 Crom Visiting Philosopher

Andy Clark

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Crom Visiting Philosopher will be Andy Clark, whose visit will take place April 4-6.

Professor Clark (BA, DPhil, Stirling) was appointed to the Chair in Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh in 2004, where he currently teaches. Prior to that he had taught at the University of Glasgow, the University of Sussex, Washington University in St Louis, and Indiana University, Bloomington. He was Director of the Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology Program at Washington University in St Louis, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University.

He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2015, and is credited with having co-created the extended mind hypothesis, an important theory in cognitive science and philosophy which claims the mind is not contained within the brain or body, but is in part literally constituted by the environment in which it finds itself. He works primarily within the philosophy of mind, and has also written extensively on connectionism and robotics within artificial intelligence.

Andy Clark's most recent book is Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind (Oxford University Press, 2015). It follows his other popular and successful books including Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again (MIT Press, 1997), Mindware (OUP 2nd edition, 2014), Natural Born Cyborgs: Technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence (OUP, 2003), and Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension (OUP, 2008).

Previous Crom (formerly Selzer) Visiting Philosophers:

  • 2017: Linda Martin Alcoff - "American Exceptionalism as White Exceptionalism"
  • 2016: Robert Pippin - "Moral Suspension in Hitchcock's Vertigo"
  • 2015: Margaret Battin - "The Least Worst Death"
  • 2014: Tyler Burge - "Perception: Where Mind Begins"
  • 2013: Richard Bernstein - "The Pragmatic Turn"
  • 2012: Jeff McMahan - "On the Moral Equality of Combatants"
  • 2011: Daniel Dennett - "The Mind as an Upside-down Brain"
  • 2010: Martha Nussbaum - "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach"