Austen Clark

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
344 Mansfield Road, U2054
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-2054
Office tel: 860-486-0393
email: austen<dot>clark<at>uconn<dot>edu
Note: This is an abbreviated vita, listing mostly papers and talks, with embedded links. For a full vita (pdf) please click here.

Education

D.Phil., Philosophy, Oxford University, 1977.
Marshall Scholar, Queen's College, Oxford. Dissertation entitled "Explanatory Reduction in Psychology." Supervised by B. A. Farrell of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
B.A., Philosophy, Wesleyan University (Connecticut), 1975. Summa cum laude with High Honors in Philosophy.

Academic Appointments

Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, September 1994 - present.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Tulsa, 1987 - 1994.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Tulsa, 1983 - 1986.
Postdoctoral Fellow, L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Lab, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982 - 1983.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, 1978 - 1982.

Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of psychology
Philosophy of mind

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of science
Logic

Books

A Theory of Sentience Oxford University Press, 2000. 300 pp. ISBN 0-19-823851-7.
Sensory Qualities. Oxford University Press, 1993. Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy, 250 pp. ISBN 0-19-824001-5. Paperback edition ISBN 0-19-823680-8.
Psychological Models and Neural Mechanisms. Oxford University Press, 1980. Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy, 206pp. ISBN 0-19-824422-3.

Articles and Chapters (Many of these are available in my online papers.)

"Phenomenal Properties: Some models from Psychology and Philosophy". Forthcoming in Philosophical Issues, volume 18, Interdisciplinary Core Philosophy: The Metaphysics and Perception of Qualities. Section editors Alex Byrne and David Hilbert.
"Color, Qualia, and Attention: A Non-standard Interpretation". Forthcoming in Jonathan Cohen & Mohan Matthen (eds), Color Ontology and Color Science. Under contract with MIT Press.
"Classes of Sensory Classification". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Book symposium on Mohan Matthen's Seeing, Doing, and Knowing. Forthcoming 2007.
"Location, location, location". Forthcoming in Lana Trick & Don Dedrick (eds.), Cognition, Computation, and Pylyshyn. MIT Press, forthcoming 2008.
"Cross Modal Links and Selective Attention" Forthcoming in Fiona MacPherson (ed), The Senses. Under contract with Oxford University Press.
"Sensory and Perceptual Consciousness". In Max Velmans and Susan Schneider (eds) Blackwell's Companion to Consciousness, Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.
"Perception Preattentive and Phenomenal", in Paul Thagard (ed)., Handbook of Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Dordrecht: Elsevier, 2006, pp 105-139. (This is volume 12 of the multi-volume Handbook of Philosophy of Science (eds. Dov Gabbay, Paul Thagard, and John Woods), Elsevier, 2006.
"Attention and Inscrutability: A commentary on John Campbell's Reference and Consciousness". Philosophical Studies 127 (January 2006): 167-193.
"Painfulness is not a Quale", in Murat Aydede (ed), Pain: New Essays on Its Nature and the Methodology of Its Study. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005, pp. 177-197.
"Feature-placing and proto-objects" Philosophical Psychology, 17(4), December 2004, 451-477. A special issue devoted to commentaries on my third book. Guest editor Jonathan Cohen; other commentators were Joe Levine, Mohan Matthen, and Georges Rey.
"Sensing, objects, and awareness: Reply to Commentators" Philosophical Psychology, 17(4), December 2004, 563-589. In the same issue as the previous.
“Viccissitudes of Consciousness, Varieties of Correlates”, American Journal of Psychology, Spring 2003, 128-140.
“Perception, Philosophical Issues about”. In Lynn Nadel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, London: Macmillan Reference Ltd., 2003. Volume 3, pp. 512-517
“Some logical features of feature integration” in Werner Backhaus, (ed), Neuronal Coding of Perceptual Systems. New Jersey: World Scientific, Series on Biophysics and Biocybernetics, vol 9, 2001, ISBN 981-02-4164-X, pp 3-20.
“Phenomenal consciousness so called”. in Werner Backhaus, (ed), Neuronal Coding of Perceptual Systems. New Jersey: World Scientific, Series on Biophysics and Biocybernetics, vol 9, 2001, ISBN 981-02-4164-X, pp 405-422.
“Color Perception,” in A Companion to Cognitive Science, edited by William Bechtel and George Graham. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1998.
“Three varieties of visual field,” Philosophical Psychology, 9(4), December 1996, 477-95.
“True Theories, False Colors,” Philosophy of Science, PSA Supplemental Issue, October 1996, S143-50.
“Contemporary Problems in the Philosophy of Perception,” American Journal of Psychology, 107(4), Winter 1994, 613-22.
“Beliefs and Desires Incorporated,” Journal of Philosophy, 91 (8), August 1994, 404-25.
“Mice, Shrews, and Misrepresentation,” Journal of Philosophy, 490 (6), June 1993, 290-310.
“The Particulate Instantiation of Homogeneous Pink,” Synthese, 80 (2), 1989, 277-304.
“Psychofunctionalism and Chauvinism,” Philosophy of Science, 53, 1986, 535-559.
“Qualia and the Psychophysiological Explanation of Color Perception,” Synthese, 65 (2), November 1985, 377-405.
“A Physicalist Theory of Qualia,” The Monist, 68 (4), October 1985, 491-506.
“Spectrum Inversion and the Color Solid,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, 23 (4), Winter 1985, 431-443.
“Psychological Causation and the Concept of Psychosomatic Disease,” in Douglas Stalker and Clark Glymour, (eds.) Examining Holistic Medicine. Prometheus Books, 1985, 67-106.
“Seeing and Summing: Implications of Computational Theories.” Cognition and Brain Theory, 7 (1), 1984, 1-23.
“Functionalism and the definition of theoretical terms.” Journal of Mind and Behavior, 4 (3), Summer 1983, 339-352.
“Hypothetical constructs, circular reasoning, and criteria.” Journal of Mind and Behavior, 4 (1), Winter 1983, 1-12.
“Factor structure and discriminant validity of the SCL-90 in a veteran psychiatric population.” (with M. J. Friedman) Journal of Personality Assessment, 47 (4), 1983, 396-404.
“Nine standardized scales for evaluating treatment outcome in a mental health clinic.” (with M. J. Friedman) Journal of Clinical Psychology, 39 (6), 1983, 939-950.

Reviews, Commentaries, and Shorter Papers

Review of Valerie Hardcastle, The Myth of Pain, Mind, July 2001.
Review of Robert Schwartz, Vision: Variations on Some Berkeleian Themes, Philosophical Psychology, 9 (1) 1996, 147-51.
Review of Martha Farah's Visual Agnosia, Philosophical Psychology, 7(1), 1994, 126-29.
“Reductionism and Subjectivism Defined and Defended,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 15 (1), 1992, 32-33.
“The algorithm/implementation distinction,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 10 (3), 1987, 480.
“The Logic of the Comparative Approach.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 7 (3), September 1984.
“How to Establish a Difference in Function.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 6 (3), September 1983.
“TWOOTIE: A program for exploring truth trees in symbolic logic,” Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, American Philosophical Association, January 1988, 28-29.
“Integration of VA and CMHC Care: Utilization and long term outcome” by Matthew J. Friedman, Alan N. West, and Austen Clark. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 38 (7), July 1987, 735-740.
“Functional health status levels of primary care patients” (by Eugene Nelson, Beach Conger, Dale Gephart, John Kirk, Robert Page, Austen Clark, Kenneth Johnson, Kevin Stone, John Wasson, and Michael Zubkoff). Journal of the American Medical Association, 249 (24), June 1983, 3331-3338. Reprinted in the Japanese edition, JAMA, 3 (1984), 88-98.
“The relative importance of treatment outcomes: A Delphi group weighting in mental health.” (with M. J. Friedman) Evaluation Review, 6 (1), Feb. 1982, 79-93.
Decentralization through Integration of Psychiatric Outpatient Services. Final Report, Veterans Administration Research Project 449. Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C., July 1982. (252 pp.) (with M. J. Friedman)

Published Logic Software: (see http://selfpace.uconn.edu/ )

SELFPACE.mdb: A database system for creating, editing, and managing "test banks" of the large numbers of test items and answers one needs to teach a course as a "self paced" or "Keller plan" course. As of June 2002, the source code for the system is distributed on the web under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Developed under a grant from the Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Connecticut.
TWOOTIE: A tool for exploring truth trees in sentential and predicate logic. McGraw-Hill, 1992. Published in conjunction with Merrie Bergmann, Jim Moor, and Jack Nelson, The Logic Book, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 1990; and with Richard Jeffrey, Formal Logic: Its Scope and Limits, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 1991. 24,251 lines of source code. 40 page manual. As of June 2002, the source code is distributed on the web under terms of the GNU GPL.
BERTIE3: A proof checker for natural deduction systems in sentential and predicate logic. McGraw-Hill, 1992. Published in conjunction with Merrie Bergmann, Jim Moor, and Jack Nelson, The Logic Book, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill. 17,432 lines of source code. 47 page manual. As of June 2002, the source code is distributed on the web under terms of the GNU GPL.
TRUETREE: A program for exploring semantic tableaux in propositional and predicate logic. Prentice Hall, 1989. Published in conjunction with Paul Teller, A Modern Formal Logic Primer, Prentice-Hall, April 1989. 455 page manuscript; 22,752 lines of source code.

Selected Professional Presentations (Some of these are also available in my online papers.)

"Modeling Sensory Awareness", 2007 Yale-UConn Graduate Philosophy Conference, 9 November 2007, Storrs CT. Selected by the grad students as the UConn faculty speaker.
"Modeling Sensory Awareness", University of Toronto, 27 September 2007.
"Frome Sensory Appearance to Sensory Awareness", University of British Columbia, 2 November 2007.
"Preattentive Precursors to Phenomenal Properties", Harvard University, Workshop on Perception, a one-day conference on 2 December 2006. Organized by Susanna Siegel. The other speakers were Maja Spener, Christopher Mole, Joseph Levine, Alex Byrne, and Patrick Cavanaugh.
"Preattentive Precursors to Phenomenal Properties", departmental colloquium, 1 November 2006.
"What do feature maps represent?" University of Maryland, Conference on "Early Content", 21-22 April 2006. Participants included Fred Dretske, Gabriel Segal, Zenon Pylyshyn, Alva Noe, Pierre Jacob, Peter Carruthers, Joe Levine, Louise Antony, Georges Rey, and Daniel Blair.
"Classes of Sensory Classification: A commentary on Mohan Matthen's Seeing, Doing, and Knowing." Author Meets Critics Session. Pacific Division APA, Portland Oregon, 24 March 2006.
"Realisms Loathsome and Foul", departmental colloquium, 1 February 2006.
"Unitary Hues" and "Phenomenal Properties and Color Science" both presented at "Philosophical Interpretation of Color Vision Science" organized by Martine Nida-Rumelin and Juan Suarez at the University of Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland, 4-5 November 2005. Participants were philosophers and color scientists from Switzerland, England, Italy, Canada, and the US.
"Location, location, location". Zenon Pylyshyn Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario Canada, 1 May 2005. A three day international conference on the work of Zenon Pylyshyn. Participants were philosophers and cognitive scientists from Canada and the US.
"Qualia and Consciousness: Some new wrinkles" Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, 11 February 2005.
"Cross modal cuing and selective attention" Presented at a two day international conference on "Individuating the Senses", University of Glasgow, Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, 4 and 5 December 2004. Psychologists and philosophers from England, Scotland, and the US.
"Pay attention! (why it matters)", departmental colloquium, 17 November 2004.
"Cross modal cuing and the common sensibles" Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire. 29 October 2004.
"Cross modal cuing and the common sensibles", departmental colloquium, 22 September 2004.
"Attention and Inscrutability" presented at an Author (John Campbell) Meets Critics session at the Pacific APA, Pasadena California. 26 March 2004.
"Attention and inscrutability", departmental colloquium, 3 March 2004.
"Feature-placing and Proto-Objects" presented at the NYU Mind and Language Seminar, hosted by Christopher Peacocke & Jerry Fodor, 3 February 2004.
"Color experience and the architecture of early vision: Notes on a tentative taxonomy" presented at a three day conference on "Colour Ontology and Colour Science", University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Canada, 4 October 2003. (This was the second meeting of a two year international research conference to which 19 were invited; the first was at UCSD in October 2002)
"Prosthetic Pain Systems", departmental colloquium, 16 April 2003
"Visual proto-objects", departmental colloquium, 9 October 2002.
"Feature Placing", Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis, 13 September, 2002
"Feature-Placing and Quasi Objects", Philosophy Department colloquium, University of California, San Diego, 10 October 2002
"Preattentive Colors" presented at a three day research conference on Color at University of California, San Diego, 11 October 2002
"Feature placing", Institut Jean-Nicod, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, 8 March 2002.
"From Sensing to Phenomenal Consciousness: A New Testament to the Myth of Jones" Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 15 February 2002.
"Vision and Visual Awareness", University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal, Canada, 14 February 2002. (UQAM Cognitive science colloquium series)
Seminar on "True Theories, False Colors", University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal, Canada, 14 February 2002. Invited graduate seminar
"Vision and Visual Awareness", Cognitive Studies Colloquium Series, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, 30 November 2001
"From Sensing to Phenomenal Consciousness", Distinguished Lecture Series in Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, 29 November 2001
"Painfulness is not a Quale", Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis, 2 November 2001. Invited graduate seminar
"From Sensing to Phenomenal Consciousness", Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis, 1 November 2001.
"Non conscious sensation", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, 17 October 2001
"Another stab at pain", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut,  28 February 2001.
"From sensing to phenomenal consciousness", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut,  8 March 2000.
"Perception and the Explanatory Gap" presented at the UConn Conference on Cognitive Science, Dodd Center, Storrs, 1 May 1999.
"A foray into phenomenal consciousness", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, 21 April 1999.
"Some logical features of feature integration", Inaugural lecture for the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies, International School of Biophysics, "From neuronal coding to consciousness", Ischia (Naples) 12-17 October 1998.
"Phenomenal consciousness so called," Presented at the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies, International School of Biophysics, "From neuronal coding to consciousness", Ischia (Naples) 12-17 October 1998.
"How to Respond to Philosophers on Raw Feels", John B. Pierce Laboratory, Yale University, February 24, 1997.
"Sensing and reference", Department of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center, February 5, 1997.
"False color phenomenology", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, October 23, 1996.
"True Theories, False Colors" presented at the Biennial Convention of the Philosophy of Science Association, Cleveland, November 1996.
"Inversions Spectral and Bright: A Commentary on Campbell" presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, San Francisco, May 31,1996.
"Sensing and reference", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, November 29, 1995.
"Three varieties of visual field", Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, February 24, 1995.
"Three varieties of visual field", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, February 22, 1995.
"Perceptual reference", Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, November 9, 1994.
"Qualities without concepts: Perceptual resemblance" Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, April 8, 1994.
"Color Vision and the Explanatory Gap", American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, Los Angeles, March 31, 1994. Proposed and organized the symposium; read a paper.
"Beliefs and Desires Incorporated", University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma, October 22, 1993.
"Theory neutrality and thermometry", American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, April 1993, Chicago.
"A subjectivist reply to spectrum inversion", American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, March 1993, San Francisco.
"Eliminative materialism", Department of Biology, University of Tulsa, March 1993.
"Folk psychology meets clinical neurology", American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division meeting, Berkeley, California, March 23, 1989.
"Intelligent computer assisted instruction in logic: TWOOTIE." A presentation at the Second National Conference on Computers and Philosophy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, June 17-20, 1987.
"Symptoms of dualism." An invited talk presented to the 17th annual international convention of CSICOP: the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, California Institute of Technology, April 2-4, 1987.
"Explaining Qualia Physiologically." Tenth National Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology and Joint MIT-Sloan Conference on Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 16-20, 1984.
"Systems of Mental Representation." Presented at the Ninth National Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Wellesley College, June 5-8, 1983

Professional Associations

American Philosophical Association
Society for Philosophy and Psychology

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