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Visiting Fellow Jesse Prinz at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Philosopher will teach at Humboldt-Univerität zu Berlin - funded by Einstein Foundation Berlin

Jesse Prinz is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is one of the most important philosophers of mind in the world, having made a name for himself in the field of empirically informed philosophy, both with numerous articles in leading international magazines and with a large number of well-regarded book publications that have caused a sensation. “Empirically informed philosophy” is one of the most significant developments of recent years and of great importance for our understanding of the area where philosophy and empirical sciences intersect.

“Consciousness”, “emotion” and “values” – these are the subjects that Jesse Prinz will address at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Each year will focus on one of these specific sub-topics, though there may be more inclusive public lectures and educational events as well. “Consciousness” will be the topic in 2015, focusing on questions such as: How does consciousness relate to the brain? How does it relate to other mental capacities such as memory and attention? And what information can enter consciousness – and what can’t?

After Raymond J Dolan‘s Einstein Visiting Fellowship 2011−2014 succeeded in establishing an enduring and successful partnership between scientists and research institutions in Berlin and the University College London in the field of neurosciences (“Brain”), the Berlin School of Mind and Brain now wants to strengthen its research around the “Mind”.

The Einstein Visiting Fellowships aim to enhance the international profile of universities and research institutions in Berlin by involving leading scientists and scholars from abroad in long-term academic research collaborations. The programme primarily targets researchers whose expertise can promote specific areas of academic excellence in Berlin. In contrast to typical visiting researchers who stay at an institution for one semester, the goal of the Einstein Visiting Fellowship is to integrate Fellows into Berlin’s academic landscape on a more sustainable basis.


Annette Winkelmann
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Tel.: 030 2093-1706