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Philosophy Today Lecturer Revisits “The Problem of Consciousness”

“The Problem of Consciousness Revisited,” will be discussed by Dr. Frank Jackson, the second speaker in the 2012-2013 Philosophy Today Lecture Series, which brings well known philosophers to campus to lecture on various topics. He will review some of his research on consciousness that has been very influential in the philosophy community.

Jackson, a leading philosopher of the mind, wrote the article “Epiphenomenal Qualia,” in a 1982 edition of Philosophical Quarterly that was remarkably influential. It stated that the mind could be understood through objective physical science.

Jackson’s lecture will be held October 30 in 205 Smith Hall at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

A native of Australia, Jackson studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Melbourne and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from La Trobe University. Jackson received the Order of Australia Award in 2006 for his service to philosophy as an academic and researcher.

Jackson has written over 60 publications, including Mind, Morality, and Explanation, and From Metaphysics to Ethics.

Jackson is a research professor at Princeton University, were he teaches each fall; at LaTrobe University in Melbourne Australia; and at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.