Karen Neander

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Karen Neander
Born(1954-03-24)March 24, 1954
DiedMay 6, 2020(2020-05-06) (aged 66)
Alma materLa Trobe University
Known forPhilosophy of biology, Philosophy of mind
Scientific career
FieldsPhilosophy, Cognitive science
Thesis (1984)

Karen Neander (March 24, 1954[1] – May 6, 2020) was a philosopher and professor at Duke University. She was known for her work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of action, philosophy of biology, philosophy of neuroscience and cognitive science.[2]


Karen Neander obtained her PhD at La Trobe University in 1984 with a dissertation on the concept of mental illness.[3] During her career, she worked at the University of Sydney, the University of Adelaide, the Australian National University (1988–1995), and Johns Hopkins University (1996–2006).[4] In 2006, she joined the department of philosophy at Duke University, where she remained until her death, from cancer in 2020.[5]

Publications, a selection[edit]


  1. ^ "Vale Professor Karen Neander".
  2. ^ Justin Weinberg (May 10, 2020). "Karen Neander (1954-2020)". Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Karen Neander | Department of Philosophy". philosophy.duke.edu. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  4. ^ Ariew, André (2002). Functions: New Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology. Oxford University Press. p. 420.
  5. ^ Justin Weinberg (May 10, 2020). "Karen Neander (1954-2020)". Retrieved May 12, 2020.