David Chalmers
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David Chalmers

Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist

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David Chalmers serves currently as Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, as well as University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science, and co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness (with philosopher Ned Block) at New York University. One of the world’s most influential philosophers on the problem of consciousness, Chalmers has a degree in pure mathematics from the University of Adelaide in Australia, and received his Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied with noted AI researchers and cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter.

Chalmers if best known for his insistence in the philosophy of mind that “the problem of consciousness” cannot be easily dismissed. Calling the subjective feel of conscious experience “the hard problem,” Chalmers has argued, famously, that purely scientific treatments of consciousness must grapple with the hard problem—and to date, we do not have a plausible scientific explanation of consciousness. The term “the hard problem” of consciousness has embedded itself in the lexicon in both philosophy and more broadly, in discussions about consciousness and the mind, due to Chalmers. Chalmers also works on issues in analytic philosophy and the philosophy of language, such as with problems of reference.

In 2013, Chalmers was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an editor for the respected Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In 2018, he became a judge for the Berggruen Prize, a $1 Million prize for outstanding work in philosophy.

Chalmers is author of the widely read The Conscious Mind published in 1996.

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Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University Bloomington

Public research university located in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.

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Australian National University
Australian National University

National research university in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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University of Adelaide
University of Adelaide

University in Australia

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New York University
New York University

Private research university in New York City

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University of Arizona
University of Arizona

Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

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    #143 World Rank
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    #224 World Rank
    Psychology