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M.A.M.M. Meijsing


Docent

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Philosophy

 

Expertise

Expertise in the field of philosophy of mind, in particular the mind-body relation, (self)consciousness, personal identity and perception. The notions of a first person perspective and of the body as an active, self-moving organism form important themes. I defend and develop a naturalistic and non-reductionist position and argue for a double aspect theory by combining empirical findings with philosophical analysis.

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Publications

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Education

Ph.D. (Philosophy): University of Nijmegen (25-09-1986). Title of thesis: "Mens of machine? Het lichaam-geest probleem in de cogniteve psychologie". Supervisors: Prof. dr. C.E.M. Struyker Boudier, Prof. dr. G.A.M. Kempen, Prof. dr. A.A. Derksen

M.A. (Psychology): University of Amsterdam (1979)

B.A. (Philosophy): University of Amsterdam (1978)

B.A. (Psychology): University of Amsterdam (1976)

Career

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanties, Department of Philosophy, Section General Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (1990- )

Assistant Professor, Nijmegen Institute for Cognitive Science, University of Nijmegen (1987-1990)

Junior Scientific Staff Member, Department of Philosophy, section Philosophical Anthropology, University of Nijmegen (1981-1987)

Research Assistant, Department of Philosophy, section Philosophy of Science, University of Amsterdam (1979-1980)

Research Assistant, Department of Humanities, section Dutch Language and Literature, University of Amsterdam (1979-1980)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, section Philosophical Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

Publications

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Projects

The Objects of Perceptual Experience
In perception, do we see a mental representation of the world, or the world itself? The former option leaves the perceiver locked in a kind of Cartesian Theatre; the latter fails to do justice to the intentionality of perception. It is argued that the objects of perceptual experience are indeed in the world. Mental representations must be construed as the content of experience. This view accounts for phenomenal experience, without the constructivist view?s problems of regress. An intriguing problem is that sometimes, e.g. in stereograms, we are able to inspect something that is neither an object in the world, nor our inner experience. We can even move our eyes to inspect it.

Self-consciousness, Embodiment and the First Person Perspective
Of what are we conscious in self-consciousness? Self-consciousness is reflexive: we are not conscious of a self, a distinct entity lodged in the depth of our being (or brain), but of ourselves. Self-consciousness is not more sophisticated than consciousness, and neither is it the privilege of human beings. It is argued that both are grounded in the first-person perspective. In its most primitive form, the first-person perspective is a matter of embodiment and embeddedness, of ?being alive and kicking.? It consists in being a living organism, maintaining homeostasis (and thus an organisational identity of one?s own), and interacting with and moving in an environment.

Collaboration

co-organizer Antwerp-Nijmegen-Tilburg workshop Mind & Cognition, December 12 and 13 2013

External accreditation

member NWO Free Competition Humanities Assessment Committee spring 2013

member and chair NWO Free Competition Humanities Assessment Committee fall 2013

foreign expert member Research Foundation Flanders, expert panel Theology, Philosophy and Religion Science

editor of het Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte

reviewer for several journals, a.o. Consciousness and Cognition, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Philosophical Explorations, Sophia, Theory and Psychology

Research supervision

co-supervisor:

W. Haselager, VU Amsterdam, 20-6-1995

member of PhD committee:

F. Wemelsfelder, RU Leiden, 16-6-1993

J.J.M. Sleutels, KU Nijmegen, 14-9-1994

P.R. Kribbe, KU Nijmegen, 22-10-1997

Chr. Buskes, KU Nijmegen, 17-11-1998

W. de Muijnck, UvT Tilburg, 18-10-2002

H. Dooremalen KU Nijmegen, 14-4-2003

supervisor first part of thesis:

T. van der Laar, RU Nijmegen, 18-06-2007

M. van Leeuwen, RU Nijmegen

Conferences

?Persons, bodies and perspectives.? Vught 26-8-2003. International workshop Mind and Rationality van het onderzoeksprogramma Rationality and Cognition.

?Being what we are?, Heeswijk-Dinther, 3 juni 2005. International Metzinger workshop of the research program Rationality and Cognition.

 

?Where was I??, Joćo Pessoa, Brasil 20-10-2005. Fourth International Colloquium of Philosophy of Mind.

?Real people and virtual bodies?, Antwerpen 22-11-2007. Conference Phenomenal Consciousness and Self-Awareness of the Center for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp.

?Extended mind? Reaction to Rowlands?, Tilburg 13-03-2008. Lustrum Conference The Magic of Body Language, Faculty of Humanities, Tilburg University.

 

?Descartes and Heidegger. Reaction to Wheeler?, Amsterdam 03-06-2008. Wheeler Workshop, Free University Amsterdam.

?Pictorial Space as testing Ground for Perceptual Theories? (with A.A. Derksen), Antwerp 06-11-2008. Conference Pictorial Representation and Visual Experience, the Center for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp.

 

Teaching


M.A.M.M. Meijsing teaches the following subjects:

Other activities

- member of the editorial board (1992 - ) and review editor (January 1992 - July 1993) of the Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte

- referee for several journals, a.o. Consciousness and Cognition, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Philosophical Explorations, Sophia, Theory and Psychology

- member of the committee for program- and replacement subsidies of the Dutch Foundation for Philosophy and Theology, 1996-1998

- member of the NWO VENI committee 2007 - 2009

- member of the FWO philosophy committee 2009 - 2010

- foreign expert member Research Foundation Flanders, expert panel Theology, Philosophy and Religion Science 2010-

- member NWO Free Competition Humanities Assessment Committee spring 2013

- member and chair NWO Free Competition Humanities Assessment Committee fall 2013

- referee for NWO for several subsidy applications

- member of the Colloquium Doctum Committee, Faculty of Humanities, department of Philosophy (formerly Faculty of Philosophy), Tilburg University 1991 -

- member of the Examination Board Faculty of Humanities, department of Philosophy, Tilburg University 2007 -

- co-organizer Antwerp-Nijmegen-Tilburg workshop Mind & Cognition, December 12 and 13 2013

- care giving tasks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact details
Room D 105
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 2011
Secretary+31 13 466 2773
Fax +31 13 466 2892
Email m.meijsing@tilburguniversity.edu

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Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Philosophy

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