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Research interests

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.


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

PhD supervision


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


  • Perception
  • The Emergence Of Consciousness In Evolution
  • Memory
  • Consciousness
  • Corporality
  • Cognition
  • Evolution
  • Epistemology
  • Self Consciousness
  • Philosophical Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Self (The)


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