Karen Neander
  • Karen Neander

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • 201 West Duke Building, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90743
  • Phone: (919) 660-3050
  • Office Hours: To make an appointment, email Neander at kneander@duke.edu.

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  • Overview

    Neander is Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Duke.  She joined the department in 2006, after holding positions in other philosophy departments in Australia and the US, including the University of Sydney, the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University, where she was a Post-Doctorial Fellow and then a Research Fellow in RSSS.  Her (1984) PhD from La Trobe University discussed the concept of mental illness and the application of biological concepts of function and malfunction to disorders of the mind.  Since then her work has primarily been in philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology and the conceptual foundations of cognitive science and neuroscience.  She has published numerous papers on the nature of functions and functional explanation, teleological and selectional explanation, mental representation and mental reference to content (especially teleosemantics), pictorial representation and consciousness.      

  • Specialties

    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Philosophy of Biology
    • Cognitive Science
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • La Trobe University (Australia),
      • 1984
      • B.A.,
      • La Trobe University (Australia),
      • 1976
  • Recent Publications

      • K Neander.
      • "Biological Functions."
      • manual
      • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
      • (2013)
      • .
      • K Neander and A Rosenberg.
      • "SOLVING THE CIRCULARITY PROBLEM FOR FUNCTIONS: A RESPONSE TO NANAY."
      • JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY
      • 109
      • .10
      • (2012)
      • :
      • 613-622.
      • [web]
      • Karen Neander & Alex Rosenberg.
      • "Solving the Circularity Problem for Functions."
      • Journal of Philosophy
      • (2012)
      • .
      Publication Description

      A response to the circularity objection to an etiological theory of functions and critique of the modal theory of functions.

      • KL Neander.
      • "Toward an Informational Teleosemantics."
      • manual
      • .
      • Millikan and Her Critics.
      • Ed. J Kingsbury and D Ryder.
      • Wiley Blackwell,
      • (2012)
      • :
      • 21-41.
      Publication Description

      This argues against Millikan’s admonishments to the contrary that a teleosemantic theory of mental content can be a causal theory of content. Objections to the effect that functions are selected effects and so are not causes are mistaken about what follows from an etiological theory of functions. There can be information carrying functions on an appropriate understanding of natural functions and natural information.

      • KL Neander.
      • ""Teleological theories of mental content"."
      • manual
      • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
      • (December, 2011)
      • .
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  • PhD Students

    • Whitney Kane
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Aryn Conrad
    • Adela Deanova
    • Stephen Martin
    • Gordon Steenbergen
      • 2011 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • David Barack
      • 2011 - present
    • Kyle L. Motsinger
      • 2009 - 2011
      • Status: PostQual
    • Daniel M Kraemer
      • 2006 - 2012
  • Teaching

    • PHIL 212.01
      • PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
      • West Duke 202
      • W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    • PHIL 555S.01
      • PHILOSOPHY OF MIND (TOP)
      • Carr 125
      • Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM