Faculty profile

Craig Delancey



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.


  • (2017) A Concise Introduction to Logic. New York: Open SUNY Textbooks.
  • (2014) "Commitment and Attunement." Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. December 2014, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 579-594.
  • (2013) "The Modal Arguments and the Complexity of Consciousness." Ratio. Volume 26, Issue 1: 35–50 (March).
  • (2012) "An Ecological Concept of Wilderness." Ethics and the Environment, 17 (1): 25-44.
  • (2012) "Consciousness and the Superfunctionality Claim." Philosophical Studies. Volume 161, Issue 3: 433-451.
  • (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