My dissertation, The Substance of Consciousness, is an exercise in a consciousness-first approach to the philosophy of mind, which employs methodological principles of analytic phenomenology. I analyze the nature of self-knowledge, phenomenal transparency, and the unity of consciousness to draw out specific implications for the ontology of subjects of consciousness. I develop a neo-Aristotelian form of psycho-physical dualism with a robust metaphysics of embodiment. I then apply this model to develop dualist approaches to psychological development and mental causation that are consistent with recent work in neuroscience. 

 

My dissertation supervisor is Timothy O'Connor. My co-supervisors are Alexander Pruss, C. Stephen Evans, and Todd Buras.

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