Alva Noë

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Alva Noë
Noë teaching in a town Hall
EducationColumbia University (BA)
University of Oxford (BPhil)
Harvard University (PhD)
Occupation(s)Philosopher, cognitive scientist
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Main interests
cognitive science, philosophy of mind

Alva Noë (born 1964) is an American philosopher. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of his work is the theory of perception and consciousness. In addition to these problems in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind, he is interested in analytic phenomenology, the theory of art, Ludwig Wittgenstein, enactivism, and the origins of analytic philosophy.


Noë received his B.A. from Columbia University.[1] He also holds a B.Phil. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Philosophical work[edit]

Noë joined the UC Berkeley Department of Philosophy as an associate professor in 2003, where he was a member of the UC Berkeley Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, serving as a core faculty member for the Program in Cognitive Science and the Center for New Media. During 2011–2012, he was Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Before coming to Berkeley, Noë was an assistant professor of philosophy at UC Santa Cruz. He has been a Post-doctoral Research Associate of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, a visiting scholar at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine and at the Institut Jean-Nicod (CNRS/EN/EHESS) in Paris, a McDonnell-Pew Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen. Noë has been a recipient of a UC President's Fellowship in the Humanities and an ACLS/Ryskamp Fellowship, and in 2007–2008 was a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Noë is the author of the books Strange Tools (2015),[2]Varieties of Presence (2012),[3] Out of Our Heads (2009)[4] and Action In Perception (MIT Press, 2004).[5] He is the co-editor of Vision and Mind: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception (MIT Press, 2002) and the author of Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion? (Imprint Academic, 2002). In Action In Perception, Noë puts forth the notion of the sensorimotor profile. Externalism about the mind and mental content is a pervasive theme in his work.


  1. ^ "The Art of Knowing Ourselves: Humans and Their Strange Tools". Columbia College Today. 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2022-05-30.
  2. ^ Noë, Alva (2015). Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature. Hill and Wang. ISBN 978-0809089178.
  3. ^ Noë, Alva (2012). Varieties of Presence. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674062146.
  4. ^ Noë, Alva (2010). Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. Hill and Wang. ISBN 978-0809016488.
  5. ^ Noë, Alva (2004). Action in perception. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-14088-1.

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