Jesse J. Prinz
City University of New York, Graduate Center
Distinguished Professor, Philosophy Pogram
Director, Committee for Interdisciplianry Science Studies
Director, CUNY Philosophy Lab
affiliations: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;
Washington University in St. Louis
Visiting positions: Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin (School of Mind and Brain), Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), The University of London, California Institute of Technology, University of Maryland at College Park
I work primarily in the philosophy of psychology, with an emphasis on the role on perception, emotion, and socialization of various aspects of thought and behavior.
Current Research Topics
At present, my major research projects are focused on three topics: the relationship between morality and the self; an empirically-informed defense of social constructionism; and the nature of art.
Below is a list of some of my my research interests with sample papers. Other papers can be found on ResearchGate and Academia (linked below). For a more complete list, consult CV.
"The Return of Concept Empiricism"
"Regaining Composure: A Defense of Prototype Compositionality"
"Which Emotions Are Basic?"
"A Neurofunctional Theory of Consciousness"
"Mental Pointing: Phenomenal Knowledge Without Concepts"
"Is Consciousness Embodied?"
"When is Perception Conscious?"
"The Emotional Basis of Moral Judgment"
"Can Moral Obligations Be Discovered Empirically?"
"The Normativity Challenge: Why Traits Won't Save Virtue Ethics"
"Is Empathy Necessary for Morality?"
"Against Moral Nativism"
"Is Morality Innate?"
"Resisting the Linguistic Analogy (A Reply to Hauser, Cushman, and Young)"
"The Role of Emotion in Aesthetic Judgment"
"Emotion and Aesthetic Value"
"When is Film Art?"
Vagueness: "Vagueness, Language, and Ontology"
Modularity: "Is the Mind Really Modular?"
Perception: "Beyond Appearances: The Content of Sensation and Perception"
External Sites with Papers
The Moral Self. New
University Press (in
Works of Wonder: A
Theory of Art. Oxford: Oxford University
Press (in production).
The Conscious Brain.
New York: Oxford University Press (in press).
Nature. London: Penguin / New York: Norton
The Emotional Construction of Morals. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2007).
Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion. New York: Oxford University Press (2004).
Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and Their
Perceptual Basis. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2002).