Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger
Thomas Metzinger (*1958 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany) was Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz until 2019. He is past president of the German Cognitive Science Society (2005-2007) and of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (2009-2011). As of 2011, he is an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, a co-founder of the German Effective Altruism Foundation, president of the Barbara Wengeler Foundation, and on the advisory board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation. From 2008 to 2009 he served as a Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study; from 2014 to 2019 he was a Fellow at the Gutenberg Research College; from 2019 to 2021 he was awarded a Senior-Forschungsprofessur by the German Ministry of Science, Education and Culture. From 2018 to 2020 Metzinger worked as a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence.
In English language, he has edited two collections on consciousness (“Conscious Experience”, Imprint Academic, 1995; “Neural Correlates of Consciousness”, MIT Press, 2000) and published one major scientific monograph (“Being No One – The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity”, MIT Press, 2003). In 2009, he published a popular book, which addresses a wider audience and discusses the ethical, cultural and social consequences of consciousness research (“The Ego Tunnel – The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self”). Important recent Open Access collections are Open MIND at (2015, with Jennifer Windt), Philosophy and Predictive Processing at (2017, with Wanja Wiese), and Radical Disruptions of Self-Consciousness (2020, with Raphaël Millière).
the MIND Group
...was a group of philosophers and scientists with a strong interest in questions concerning the mind, consciousness, and cognition.
In 2017, the MIND group published Philosophy and Predictive Processing, an online open access collection of 26 original papers by 28 international authors (including Andy Clark and Jakob Hohwy). All contributions in this collection have a thematic focus: the philosophical discussion of Predictive Processing.
In 2015, the MIND group published Open MIND, an edited collection of 39 original papers and as many commentaries and replies. All contributions to this collection are strictly open access. They can be downloaded, printed, and non-commercially reproduced by anyone.
The MIND group – initiated and coordinated by Thomas Metzinger – consisted of young researchers from various disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience. The basic idea of this group was to create a platform for people with one systematic focus in philosophy (typically analytical philosophy of mind or ethics) and another one in empirical research (typically neuro- or cognitive neuroscience). Our aim was to build a network, and to integrate these different approaches to foster the development of advanced theories of the mind which incorporate most recent empirical findings as well as sophisticated conceptual work. Thus, one major purpose of the group was to help bridging the gap between sciences and humanities.
At least twice a year the group meetings took place at the FIAS in Frankfurt with public lectures of well-known cognitive scientists.