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Karen L Neander, Professor    editKaren L Neander

Office Location: 210 West Duke Building
Office Phone: 919-660-2427 (919) 660-3050
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Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Biology
Cognitive Science

Research Interests:
Karen Neander (Ph.D. 1983, La Trobe University) joined the Duke faculty in 2006. Previously she was at the University of California, Davis, Johns Hopkins University and the Australian National University.

Neander is the author of numerous papers, including:

  • “Pictorial Representation: A Matter of Resemblance” in the British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 27, No. 3, Summer 1987, pp. 213-226. “Functions as Selected Effects: The Conceptual Analysts Defence” in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 58, No. 2, June 1991, pp. 169-184. Reprinted in Nature’s Purpose: analyses of function and design in biology, ed., by Colin Allen, Marc Becoff, and George Lauder, MIT Press (1997).
  • “The Teleological Notion of ‘Function’” in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 69, No. 4, December 1991, pp. 454-468. Reprinted in Function, Selection, and Design (The State University of New York Press) ed., by David Buller (1998).

  • “Misrepresenting and Malfunctioning” in Philosophical Studies, Vol. 79, No. 2, August 1995, pp. 109-141. Excerpted in Function, Selection, and Design (The State University of New York Press) ed., by David Buller (1998).

  • “Pruning the Tree of Life” in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 46, pp. 59-80, March 1995.

  • “Swampman Meets Swampcow” in Mind & Language, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 1996, pp. 118-129.

  • “The Division of Phenomenal Labor: A Problem for Representational Theories of Consciousness” in Philosophical Perspectives, 12: Language, Mind and Ontology, A Supplement to NOUS, edited by James E. Tomberlin (Blackwells, 1998), pp. 411-434.

  • “Fitness and the Fate of Unicorns” in Biology Meets Psychology: Philosophical Essays, edited by Valerie Hardcastle (Bradford, MIT Press; Cambridge, Mass: 1999) 3-26.

  • “Types of Traits: The Importance of Functional Homologues” in Functions: New Readings in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology, edited by Andre Ariew, Robert Cummins and Mark Perlman (Oxford University Press, 2002).

  • “Content for Cognitive Science” in Teleosemantics, edited by David Papineau and Gary McDonald (2005, Oxford University Press).

  • Teaching (Fall 2015):
    • PHIL 212.01, Philosophy of mind Synopsis
      Crowell 108, Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
    • PHIL 555S.01, Philosophy of mind (top) Synopsis
      West Duke 204, Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)
    • K. Neander. "Biological Functions." Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  2013. 
    • Karen Neander & Alex Rosenberg. "Solving the Circularity Problem for Functions." Journal of Philosophy (September, 2012).  [abs]
    • K.L. Neander. "Toward an Informational Teleosemantics." Millikan and Her Critics (2012): 21-41.  [abs]
    • K.L. Neander. ""Teleological theories of mental content"." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  December, 2011.
    • K.L. Neander. ""Comment les traits sont-ils types dans le but leur attribuuer des fonctions?" (How are traits typed for the purpose of ascribing functions to them?)." Les Fonctions: des organismes aux Artifacts (2010): 99-124.  [abs]

    Conferences Organized
    • Dissertation Assessment, University of Girona, Spain, December 2013  

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