Michael Tye (philosopher)
|Philosophy of mind, Consciousness, Metaphysics|
Education and Career
Tye was educated at Oxford University in England, studying first physics and then physics and philosophy. Before moving to Texas, Tye taught at Haverford College in suburban Philadelphia and Temple University in Philadelphia proper. He was also a visiting professor at King's College, London for some ten consecutive years while at Temple and briefly took up a chair at the University of St. Andrews. Besides philosophy of mind, Tye has interests in cognitive science, metaphysics, and philosophical logic, especially problems relating to vagueness.
Tye's third book, Ten Problems of Consciousness (1995), was an alternate selection of the Library of Science Book Club.
Along with Fred Dretske and William Lycan, Tye defends the representationalist view of consciousness, more precisely what has been called the "strong" reprseentationalist view, according to which "representation of a certain kind suffices for a sensory quality, where the kind can be specified in functionalist or other familiar materialist terms, without recourse to properties of any ontologically 'new' sort." 
- The Metaphysics of Mind (1989)
- The Imagery Debate (1991)
- Ten Problems of Consciousness (1995)
- Consciousness, Color, and Content (2000)
- Consciousness and Persons (2003)
- Consciousness Revisited: Materialism without Phenomenal Concepts (2009)
- Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs: Are Animals Conscious? (2016)
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