Alva Noë appointed to the Graduate Center
Distinguished Professor, Ph.D. Program in Philosophy
Alva Noë joined the faculty in fall 2011 as distinguished professor of philosophy. He comes to the GC from UC Berkeley, where he also served as a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. For the last fifteen years his philosophical practice has concerned perception and consciousness. His current research focus is art and human experience. Noë is the author of Out of Our Heads (Hill and Wang / Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009) and Action in Perception (MIT Press, 2004). Varieties of Presence is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2011. The central idea of these books is that consciousness is not something that happens inside us—not in our brains, or anywhere else; it is something we do. Noë, who is from New York City, was educated at Columbia (B.A.), Oxford (B.Phil.), and Harvard (Ph.D.). He has held visiting positions at the Institut Jean-Nicod, a CNRS lab in Paris, France; the Oxford Center for Neuroscience at Oxford University, UK; the Institute for Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Germany; the Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University; and the Department of Logic and the Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine. Noë is philosopher-in-residence at the Forsythe Company, a leading European contemporary dance troupe, and a member of Motion Bank, an interdisciplinary dance research project in Frankfurt.
Photo: Judith Noë
Submitted on: JUL 7, 2011