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David Chalmers

Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist


Why is this person notable and influential?

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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David John Chalmers is an Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science at New York University, as well as co-director of NYU's Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness . In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the .

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What schools is this person affiliated with?

Durham University

Collegiate public research university in Durham, England, United Kingdom

University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine

Medical school in New Zealand

Indiana University

University system, Indiana, U.S.

Indiana University Bloomington

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

Australian National University

National research university in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

University of Adelaide

University in Australia

New York University

Private research university in New York City

University of Arizona

Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

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