Tim Bayne

Tim Bayne


  • Fellow
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • Monash University
Department of Philosophy


  • Australia


PhD (Philosophy), University of Arizona

BA (Honours Philosophy and Religious Studies), University of Otago


Tim Bayne is a philosopher of mind and cognitive science, with a particular interest in the nature of consciousness.

He has written extensively on various structural features of
consciousness, such as its unity, and the ways in which the structural features of
consciousness might constrain the development of theories of consciousness. Bayne
has ongoing interests in the taxonomy of consciousness. These interests include
questions about how to understand the relationship between the contents of
consciousness and global states (or ‘levels’) of consciousness, and questions about the
relationship between conscious contents of different kinds, e.g., between conscious
perception on the one hand and thought on the other. His current research focuses on
the challenges posed by validating novel methods for detecting consciousness, and on
whether it is possible to construct a ‘consciousness metre.’


Consulting Editor, Mind and Language, 2017- Present
Advisory Board, Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme, University of Oxford, 2014 - present
Erskine Professorial Fellow, University of Canterbury, 2015

Relevant Publications

Bayne, T. (2016). Gist!. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 116(2), 107–26. DOI: 
Bayne, T., Hohwy, J., & Owen, A. (2016). Are there levels of consciousness?. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(6), 405–13. DOI: 

Bayne, T. (2013). Thought: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bayne, T., & Montague, M. (2011). Cognitive phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Bayne, T. (2010). The unity of consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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