Tim Bayne

Tim Bayne


  • Fellow
  • Azrieli 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.’

Relevant Publications

Bayne, T. “Gist!” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 116, no. 2 (July 2016): 107–26.

Bayne, T., J. Hohwy, and A. Owen. “Are there levels of consciousness?” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 20, no. 6 (2016): 405–13.

McClelland, T., and T. Bayne. “Concepts, contents, and consciousness.” Neuroscience of Consciousness 1 (January 2016).

Bayne, T., and J. Hohwy. “Modes of consciousness.” In Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics and Law of Severe Brain Damage, edited by W. Sinnott-Armstrong, 57–80. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Hohwy, J., and T. Bayne. “The neural correlates of consciousness: causes, confounds and constituents.” In The Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness, edited by S. Miller, 155–76. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015.
Bayne, T. Thought: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Bayne, T., and M. Montague. Cognitive Phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Bayne, T. The Unity of Consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.


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