Austen Clark homepage

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
344 Mansfield Road, U2054
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-2054 USA
E-Mail: austen<dot>clark<at>uconn<dot>edu

Independence Park, Jerusalem, 20 January 2008

Online Papers

Please see my separate listing.


A Theory of Sentience. Oxford University Press, March 2000. 300 pp. ISBN 0-19-823851-7. (Various precursors are found in my online papers.) (The listing in the UK catalog.) (The listing in the US catalog.)
Sensory Qualities. Oxford University Press, 1993. Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy, 250 pp. ISBN 0-19-824001-5. Paperback edition 1996, ISBN 0-19-823680-8. (The listing in the UK catalog.) (The listing in the US catalog.) (From Borders books / Amazon.)
Psychological Models and Neural Mechanisms: An Examination of Reductionism in Psychology. Oxford University Press, 1980. Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy, 206pp. ISBN 0-19-824422-3. (From Borders books / Amazon.)

Logic Software

Two programs originally published by McGraw-Hill in conjunction with the second edition of The Logic Book (by Merrie Bergmann, Jim Moor, and Jack Nelson) are available for free downloading from my separate software page.
These programs are not only gratis but also "free" as in "freedom". That is, as of June 2002 they are distributed under the copyleft terms of the GNU General Public License. If you are a programmer, you might be interested in downloading the source code for these programs.

Research Interests

Philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind.
In particular: sensory qualities, sensory representation, color vision, qualia.
I believe that a fruitful way to approach the mind-body problem is to consider in detail how psychological models are related to neural mechanisms. The best developed psychological models are of relatively simple, sensory capacities, and I have long been interested in the psychology, psychometrics, neuroscience, and neuro-ethology of color vision, audition, and other sensory capacities such as echo-location or electro-reception. Understanding how these models actually work could alter the landscape of philosophical debates about qualia, non-conceptual representation, and consciousness. In my current work I try to spell out some of these implications.


"Wise Prize" in Philosophy, Wesleyan University, 1975. Marshall scholar at Oxford. D.Phil. 1977. I worked for six years in psychometric and evaluation research at Dartmouth Medical School, the Veteran's Administration Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont; and at the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I then re-entered the philosophy market. For the shorter html version, click here. My full cv is in a pdf file.

The Self-Paced Logic Project

I had the crazy idea of converting a large lecture format course in introductory logic into a self paced course, and in January 2000 won a grant from the Institute for Teaching and Learning to do this. It succeeded, more or less, and now up to 240 students every semester take a self-paced logic course at the University of Connecticut. We developed software to ease the task of producing the three dozen new tests needed every semester. It too is free as in freedom. For more details see the separate page on self-paced logic.

Revised January 2008.
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