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Tim Bayne Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

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 on-going 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 also questions about the relationship between conscious contents of different kinds, such as the relationship 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 the question of whether it is possible to construct a ‘consciousness meter.’

Relevant Publications

Bayne, T. 2016. Gist!, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 116/2: 107-26. Doi: 10/1093/arisoc/aow006

Bayne, T., Hohwy, J. & Owen, A. 2016. Are there levels of consciousness? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20/6: 405-13.

McClelland, T. & Bayne, T. 2016. Concepts, contents, and consciousness, Neuroscience of Consciousness, 1. Doi: 10.1093/nc/niv012

Bayne, T. & Hohwy, J. 2016. Modes of consciousness. In W. Sinnott-Armstrong (ed.) Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics and Law of Severe Brain Damage. New York: OUP, pp. 57-80.

Hohwy, J. & Bayne, T. 2015. The neural correlates of consciousness: causes, confounds and constituents. In S. Miller (ed.) The Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 155-76.


T. Bayne, Thought: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

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

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



Senior Fellow Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


Monash UniversityPhilosophy


PhD (Philosophy) University of Arizona

BA (Honours Philosophy and Religious Studies) University of Otago



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