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Craig Delancey

Department Chair


212A Marano Campus Center

Office hours

MWF 1:30-3 pm
or by appointment

My work in philosophy is primarily concerned with: consciousness, emotion, biological purpose (proper functions or teleofunctions), and questions about the justification or foundation for purposes.

I'm currently writing a book, Consciousness as Complex Event, that argues that phenomenal experiences are representational events that appear mysterious because they are irreducibly complex. This then renders (a form of non-reductive) physicalism our best bet for explaining consciousness. 


Philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and cognitive science.


  • (2006) "Ontology and Teleofunctions: A Defense and Revision of the Systematic Account of Teleofunctions." Synthese, 150 (1): 69-98.
  • (2006) "Action, The Scientific World View, and Being-in-the-World." In A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism (Blackwell Companions in Philosophy). Hubert Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall, editors. New York: Blackwell.
  • (2005) "On Emotions and the Explanation of Behavior," with Adam Kovach. Nous, 39 (1): 106-122.


Joint Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, Program of Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 1999 
MS, Department of Computer Science, Indiana University, 1999 
Double BA, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, University of Rochester, 1987