Dr. István Albert Aranyosi 

 Assistant Professor, 
Department of Philosophy
Bilkent University.
Bilkent, Ankara 06800, Turkey
Emails: istvanaranyosi (gmail), aranyosi (bilkent.edu.tr)

Curriculum Vitae (May 2014)


Date and Place of Birth: 19 August, 1975, Máramarosziget/Sighetu Marmatiei

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Mind, of Psychology, and of Neuroscience, Metaphysics

Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, Social and Political Philosophy, British Empiricism


2005 February - PhD in Philosophy, Central European University. Committee: Howard Robinson, Barry Dainton, Ferenc Huoranszki.

2003, Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, USA.

2000 - 2004, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary - Ph.D. studies in Philosophy. Advisers: Howard Robinson, Ferenc Huoranszki, David Chalmers (external). Thesis title: Physicalism and Consciousness. A defence of commonsense functionalism.

 1999 - 2000, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary - M.A. in Political Science, awarded in June 2000.
Thesis title: The Myopically Rational Voter. Simple Learning Models for Resolving the Paradox of Voting.

1995 - 1999, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology, Psychology, and Pedagogy, Bucharest, Romania - B.A. in Social Work, awarded in June 1999.
Thesis title: A Theory of Social Capital.

Employment & Visiting Positions

Assistant Professor (since September 2007), Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University.

2006 April - 2007 March, Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Consciousness, Australian National University.

2004 September - November, Temporary Lecturer, ELTE,  Bibo István Szakkollegium, Budapest.

2004 September - November, Teaching assistant and Tutor, Department of  Philosophy, CEU.

2004 May - November,  Researcher, CEU- Open Society Archives.

2003 November - 2004 February, Online Teaching Assistant, Philosophy section, BrainMass Inc.

1998 - 1999, Journalist at Transilvania Jurnal, daily newspaper.

1997 - 1999, Junior collaborator for Sfera Politicii, a Romanian political science journal.

Courses taught

Undergraduate (taught): Formal and Informal Logic (ELTE 2004). PHIL 401 Metaphysics (Bilkent, Fall 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) PHIL 241/243 Social and Political Philosophy I (Bilkent, Fall 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). PHIL 242/244 Social and Political Philosophy II (
Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), PHIL 306 Philosophy of Language (Bilkent, Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). PHIL 242 Social and Political Philosophy II (Bilkent, Summer 2008), PHIL 204 Empiricists (2013). 

Academic Publications

              Books (authored)

The Peripheral Mind. Philosophy of Mind and the Peripheral Nervous System (Oxford University Press, 2013)

God, Mind, and Logical Space. A Revisionary Approach to Divinity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

          Articles and book reviews

"Through a shadow, darkly," in Perceptual Ephemera, C. Mac Cumhaill and T. Crowther, eds., (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

"Silencing the argument from hallucination," in Hallucination: Philosophy and Psychology, F. Macpherson and D. Platchias, eds., pp. 255-269 (MIT Press, 2013)  

"Should we fear quantum torment?", Ratio 25 (3): 249-259 (2012). 

"Quantifier versus poetry", The Pluralist 7(1): 94-103 (2012)

Review of Jody Azzouni, Talking About Nothing. Numbers, Hallucinations, and Fictions (Oxford University Press, 2010), Philosophy 87 (1): 145-150 (2012)

"A new argument for mind-brain identity", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62(3): 489-517 (2011)

"The solo numero paradox", American Philosophical Quarterly 48(4): 347-260 (2011)

"The nature of shadows, from Yale to Bilkent", Philosophy 85(2): 219-223 (2010)

"Powers and the mind-body problem", International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18(1): 57-72 (2010)

"Hesperus is Phosphorus, indeed", Axiomathes 19(2): 223-4 (2009)

"The reappearing act", Acta Analytica 24(1): 1-10 (2009) [reply by Roy Sorensen: "Generalizing the Disappearing Act: A Reply to István Aranyosi" Acta Analytica, 24(1): 11-15 (2009)]

Review of Roy Sorensen, Seeing Dark Things. The Philosophy of Shadows (Oxford University Press, 2008), Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86(3): 513-515 (2008)

Review of Torin Alter and Sven Walter (eds.), Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2007), Mind 117(467): 665-669 (2008)

"Excluding Exclusion: the natural(istic) dualist approach", Philosophical Explorations,  11(1): 67-78 (2008)

"Shadows of Constitution", The Monist, 90(3): 315-332 (2007)

"Aristotelian Nonsubstantial Particulars", Philosophical Writings 26: 3-15 (2004)

"Physical Constituents of Qualia", Philosophical Studies, 116: 103-131 (2003)

"(Con)fusing the Un(con)fusable', Analysis, 63(3): 215-219 (2003) [reply by David H. Sanford: "Reply to Mr. Aranyosi" Analysis, 63(4): 305-309 (2003)]

Review of Carl Gillett and Barry Loewer (eds.) Physicalism and Its DiscontentsCroatian Journal of Philosophy, II(6): 363 – 370 (2002)

Awards and Prizes

2013/2014 visiting fellow at: Oxford University (April – August 2014),  LOGOS Research Group, University of Barcelona      (September 2013 – March 2014).

2012 - The American Philosophical Association, Article Prize, "Honorable Mention" for I. Aranyosi, "A new argument for mind-brain identity," British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (3): 489 - 517 (2011)

2012 - TÜBITAK-ULAKBIM-UBYT (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), in June, for publications (worth 1200 EUR)

2011 -TÜBITAK-ULAKBIM-UBYT, in August, for publications (worth 1000 EUR)

2010 - TÜBITAK-ULAKBIM-UBYT, in July, for publications (worth 1200 EUR)

2010 - TÜBITAK-ULAKBIM-UBYT, in April, for publications (worth 1200 EUR) 

2009 - SOPHA ("Société de Philosophie Analytique") 4th Prize for best conference talk.

2008 - TÜBITAK-ULAKBIM-UBYT, in January and September , for publications (worth 2400 EUR) 

2006, January-March - Central European University(CEU), Visiting Fellowship (worth 2,250 USD)

2005 - CEU, Advanced Doctoral Studies Award (worth 1,300 USD)

2004 (taken up in 2006) - Centre for Consciousness, The Australian National University, Visiting Fellowship (worth 20,000 AUD)

2004 - CEU Joint Faculty-Student Grant (2 times, worth 2400 USD)

2002 - CEU and University of Arizona DRSS grant for visiting (January-June, 2003) the Dept. of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, Tucson (worth 6500 USD)

2000 - Open Society Foundation fellowship for Ph.D. studies in Philosophy at CEU.

1999 - Open Society Foundation fellowship for M.A. studies in Political Science at CEU.


 Papers or commentaries presented

"Explanatory-role functionalism," invited, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, 22 March, 2014.

"Seeing shadows, or shadows of seeing" (current title: "Through a shadow, darkly"), invited, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey,  8 April, 2014.

Varieties of Explanation, invited lecture series, University of Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania, 11-15 November, 2013.

"Seeing shadows, or shadows of seeing" (current title: "Through a shadow, darkly"), invited, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, 6 November, 2013. 

"An argument for the embodied mind”, invited, London Institute of Philosophy, London, UK, 25 October, 2012.

"In defence of Dummett on backwards causation," invited, The Seas of Michael Dummett conference, Bilkent University, Ankara, 27 September, 2012.

"A mouthful of content: Preceptual ephemera in oral food processing," invited, Perceptual Ephemera conference, University of Geneva, Geneva, 24 September, 2012.

"An argument for the embodied mind," invited, London Institute of Philosophy, London, 25 October, 2012.

"God and Logical Space: Logical Pantheism”, invited, Things and Thoughts conference, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 19 November, 2011.

“Zombiology, Angelology, and Demonology”, invited, UNESCO World Philosophy Day, Bilkent University, Ankara, 17 November, 2011.

“The Peripheral Mind”, invited lecture/workshop presented at the National University of Singapore, 3 November, 2011, as the conclusion of the one-semester reading group on the book manuscript that the Philosophy Department had organized)

“God and Logical Space: Logical Pantheism”, invited,  National University of Singapore, 3 November, 2011

“God and Logical Space: Logical Pantheism”, British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University, UK, 15 September 2011.

"Logical egalitarianism, existential relativity, and ontic deflationsim", Mind Association/Aristotelian Society joint session, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 10 July, 2011.

Comment on Derek Ball, 'Cosmic Hermeneutics', Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, April 22, 2011.

"Should we fear quantum torment?", keynote address at the Third Annual In-house Philosophy Conference, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 8 October, 2010.

"Should we fear quantum torment?", Boğazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 6 October, 2010.

"Derivational structuralism", Structure and Identity Conference, Bristol University, Bristol, UK, 26 July, 2010.

"Physicalism: past and future", Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 6 November, 2009.

"An argument for species as sets of organisms", GAP.7, Bremen, Germany, 17 September, 2009.

"An argument for species as sets of organisms", SOPHA, Geneva, Switzerland, 3 September, 2009.

Comment on Katalin Balog, "In defense of the phenomenal concept strateConsciousness Online Conference, Feb. 20- March 4, 2009.

"Silencing the argument from hallucination", Hallucination on Crete: A philosophy and psychology conference, Rethymno, Crete, 12 September, 2008. 

Comment on Keith Lehrer "Evidentialism and the parity paradox", Knowledge, Mind, and Mathematics conference, Bilkent, 2 June, 2008. 

"Science, Philosophy, and the problem of subjective objectivity", UNESCO Philosophy Day, Bilkent, 16 Nov 2007.

 "Schmoperties", Things and Thoughts symposium, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 27 October 2007.

"Schmoperties" Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University, 10 October 2007. 

"A Posteriori Physicalism: a new interpretation", invited for a Symposium on phenomenal concepts at the conference Towards a Science of Consciousness, Budapest, July 23-26, 2007 (symposium organized by Katalin Balog and David Papineau).

"A Posteriori Physicalism: a new interpretation", invited by the Philsophy Department at Sydney University, March 21, 2007.

"Interpreting Divine Simplicity", invited by the Philosophy Department at the School of Humanities, Australian National University, 16 March, 2007.

"A Posteriori Physicalism: a new interpretation", to be presented at the Second Consciousness Workshop at ANU, Kioloa Beach Campus, 23 February, 2007.

"Dispositional Essentialism, Causation, and the Necsessity of Laws", Conference on Causation and Dispositions, Sydney University [December 1, 2006].

"Information Sets and Imperfect Recall", Philosophy, RSSS, ANU [August 15, 2006].

"Powers and the Mind-Body Problem",  Consciousness Workshop at ANU Kioloa Beach Campus [August 11, 2006].

"Composition as Causation", Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, ANU [July 5, 2006].

"Toward a 'Qualefied' Functionalism", Philosophy, RSSS, Australian National University [June 1, 2006].

"Phenomenal Intentionality", Philosophy, Central European University, Hungary [March 22, 2006].

Faculty commentator of Robin Brown's "On difficulties facing the formulation of the doctrine of supervenience", Philosophy Graduate Conference, Central European University [March 18, 2006].

"Concluding Dualism", Ockham Society, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK [October 12, 2004].

"Concluding Dualism", Work in Progress Seminars, Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest [September 29, 2004].

"Why Property Dualism drives me Out of My Mind", Budapest Mind Society, Budapest, Hungary [September 22, 2004].

"Physicalism and Consciousness", Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, UK [April 26, 2004].

"The Doomsday Simulation Argument. Or why isn't the end nigh and you are not living in a simulation", Ways of World-Ending, Philosophy, Central European University [March 26, 2004].

"The Doomsday Simulation Argument. Or why isn't the end nigh and you are not living in a simulation", Philosophy of Science Colloquium, ELTE, Budapest [March 22, 2004].

"On the Conceivability of Zombies", Consciousness Discussion Forum, Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson [March 12, 2003]. 

"Contingently Nonconcrete Zombies", Philosophy, University of Bucharest, [December 5, 2002].

"Physical Constitution for Qualia", Work in Progress Seminars, Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest [October 17, 2002].

 Events organized

Minds, Bodies, and Problems, a philosophy of mind conference hosted by Bilkent University, 7-8 June, 2012


American Philosophical Association [2011 -, International Associate]

Aristotelian Society [2011 -, Lifetime member]

Behavioral and Brain Sciences [2009 -, Associate member]

The Budapest Mind Society [2004 -, Co-founder, organiser]

European Society for Analytic Philosophy [2002 -, Member]



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