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Brian L. Keeley, PhD
Professor of Philosophy

Brian L. Keeley, PhD

Research Interests

Philosophy of neuroscience; philosophy of mind; philosophy of science

Recent Courses:

  • Philosophy of Science: Historical Survey (PHIL103)
  • Monkey Business: Controversies in Human Evolution (PHIL130)
  • Topics in Neurophilosophy  (PHIL185N JT)

Selected Publications:

“Career Advice: Getting a Job in Philosophy,” Inside Higher Education (June 20, 2011).

“What is the sixth sense-Electroreception?” in David Howes, ed., Sixth Sense Abcderium. Oxford, United Kingdom: Berg Publishers, 2010.

“Sensory Modality (Philosophy),” in E. Bruce Goldstein, ed., Encyclopedia of Perception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2010.

"The Early History of the Quale and Its Relation to the Senses," in J. Symons and P. Calvo, (eds.) Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology. London: Routledge, 2009.

"Theodore Holmes Bullock (1915-2005)," in Noretta Koertge, (ed.) The New Dictionary of Scientific Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008.

Paul Churchland. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Edited volume in the series, Contemporary Philosophy in Focus, with contributions from Dan Dennett, José Luis Bermúdez, Clifford Hooker, Jesse Prinz, Pete Mandik, William Krieger, Aarre Laakso, and Garrison Cottrell.)

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

“Sensory Mechanisms,” paper presented at the Mechanisms and Levels of Explanation in Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, December 17, 2010.

“Microfunctionalism revisited (or perhaps resurrected),” paper presented at the Levels of Explanation & Causation Workshop, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, October 16, 2010.

“The Agnostic Scientist,” paper presented at the Semiannual Sydney-Australian National University (SANU) Philosophy of Science Retreat, Bundanoon, Australia, September 16, 2010.

“Positing the Sixth Sense: Ground rules and Candidates,” lecture presented at the History and Philosophy of Science Department Colloquium Series, University of Sydney, Australia, August 30, 2010.

"The theory-ladenness of introspection: Appealing, but potentially incoherent," invited paper presented at the Mind, Technology and Society colloquium series. University of California, Merced, CA, April 22, 2010.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

Visiting Fellow, Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, University of Sydney, Australia, August-November 2010.

Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2005.

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies for “Making sense of the senses: Philosophical traditions and the nature of perception,” 2004.

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae
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