Interview & discussion with Professor Paul Boghossian

Consciousness is humanity’s most primary and fundamental experience yet it is also its most elusive. Just What is consciousness? This question has plagued history’s greatest philosophers and scientists. Subsequently this has produced the most polarised views that include dualism and the soul (that mind and brain are distinct) to the most reductive elements of naturalistic materialism where some even argue that what we experience as consciousness is merely an illusion that arises from modal brain states

Paul Boghossian is Silver Professor of philosophy at New York University and Distinguished Research Professor of philosophy at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He is the Director of the New York Institute of Philosophy and the Director of New York University’s Global Institute for Advanced Study. He was Chair of philosophy from 1994-2004 at New York University in which time he built it up to be one of the world’s leading departments of philosophy. In fact, the QS World University Rankings ranked New York University number one in the world for philosophy in 2014 and 2015. His research interests are primarily in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.

Boghossian has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Magdalen College (Oxford), the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and the Australian National University (Canberra). He has been a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fulbright Senior Specialist and is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He is the author of Content and Justification: Philosophical Papers, Oxford University Press, 2008 and Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism, Oxford University Press, 2006. (Paperback edition, 2007).