Silver Professor; Professor of Philosophy, Psychology
Ph.D., Harvard University; S.B., MIT
Department of Philosophy, 405
5 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003
Areas of Research/Interest:
philosophy of mind, philosophy of neuroscience and cognitive science
Ned Block, a Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology since 1996, came to NYU from M.I.T where he was the philosophy chairman. Dr. Block is one of the most influential philosophers of his generation. His primary research and teaching interests are philosophy of mind and the foundations of cognitive science. Dr. Block earned his S.B. in Physics and Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1964) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University (1971). He is the author of numerous works, including "On a Confusion About a Function of Consciousness" in The Behavioral and Brain Sciences (1995) and "How Heritability Misleads Us About Race" in Cognition (1995). Along with Owen Flanagan and Güven Güzeldere, Dr. Block edited The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates (MIT Press, 1996). The first volume of his collected papers, Consciousness, Function and Representation, is in press at MIT Press. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.