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Miri Albahari is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. She works at the interface of Buddhism and philosophy of mind, and is the author of Analytical Buddhism: The Two-Tiered Illusion of Self (Palgrave, 2006), in which she interprets the early Buddhist account of no self, and develops it as a stand-alone theory.

Dan Arnold is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago, Divinity School. His research chiefly concerns Indian Buddhist philosophy, which he engages in a constructive and comparative way. His most recent book – Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind (Columbia, 2012) – centers on the philosophical project of Dharmakīrti, which is shown to be vulnerable to some of the same arguments leveled at physicalism (even though Dharmakīrti was emphatically not a physicalist).

Katalin Balog is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, Newark, and currently Senior Research Fellow at the Central European University Institute for Advanced Study. Her primary areas of research are the philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology (both Western and Buddhist), and metaphysics. She is mostly interested in the nature of consciousness, and issues in personal identity and free will. She has published articles on the mind-body problem, and the nature of phenomenal concepts, is currently working on a monograph to be entitled Through A Glass Darkly: Conceivability and the Mind-Body Problem.

David Chalmers is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He works in the philosophy of mind and in related areas of philosophy and cognitive science. He is especially interested in consciousness, but is also interested in artificial intelligence and computation, in philosophical issues about meaning and possibility, and in the foundations of cognitive science and of physics. He is the author of The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (OUP, 1996) and The Character of Consciousness (OUP , 2010), and co-editor of Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology (OUP, 2009).

Shaun Gallagher is Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis and serves on the humanities research faculty at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). His research interests include phenomenology, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, embodiment, intersubjectivity, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of time. He has authored and co-authored more than a dozen books, including Models of the Self (Imprint Academic, 1999), How the Body Shapes the Mind (OUP, 2005), The Phenomenological Mind (Routledge, 2008), Brainstorming: Views and Interviews on the Mind (Imprint Academic, 2008), Handbook of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science (CUP, 2009), and The Oxford Handbook to the Self (OUP, 2012).

Jonardon Ganeri is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex. He studied Mathematics at Cambridge before turning to Philosophy, which he studied first at King's College London followed by doctoral work in Oxford. He has taught at various universities in Britain and the US, and been a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. His work has focussed primarily on a retrieval of the Sanskrit philosophical tradition in relationship to contemporary Anglo-American analytical philosophy, and he has done work in this vein on theories of self, concepts of rationality, and the philosophy of language. His most recent publications include The Concealed Art of the Soul (OUP, 2007) and The Self: Naturalism, Subjectivity and the First-Person Stance (OUP, 2012).

Uriah Kriegel is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. He works in philosophy of mind and metaphysics, but also in cognitive science, moral psychology, and several other areas of philosophy. He is the author of Subjective Consciousness: A Self-Representational Theory (OUP , 2009), The Sources of Intentionality (OUP , 2011), and co-editor of Self-Representational Approaches to Consciousness (OUP, 2006).

Shaun Nichols is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. He works on experimental philosophy, cultural evolution, free will, and cognitive theories of the imagination. He is the author of Mindreading: An Integrated Account of Pretense, Self-awareness and Understanding Other Minds (OUP, 2003), Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment (OUP, 2004), and of two edited volumes, The Architecture of the Imagination (OUP, 2006) and Experimental Philosophy (OUP, 2008).

Alva Noë is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, and also a member of the UC Berkeley Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He works on the philosophy of mind and philosophy of perception. He is the author of Action in Perception (MIT, 2004); Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons From The Biology of Consciousness (Hill and Wang, 2009); and, most recently, Varieties of Presence (Harvard University Press, 2012). Alva is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's science and culture blog 13.7 Cosmos and Culture ( He is now at work on a book about art and human nature.

Susanna Siegel is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, author of The Contents of Visual Experience (OUP, 2010), and has published articles about the epistemic roles of attention, the epistemic status of inattentive experiences, the impact of prior cognitive states on perceptual experience, and other topics in the philosophy of perception.

Mark Siderits taught philosophy for many years at Illinois State University, but since 2008 has been a member of the philosophy department of Seoul National University. His principal area of research interest is analytic metaphysics as it plays out in the intersection between contemporary analytic philosophy and classical Indian and Buddhist philosophy. He is the author of Indian Philosophy of Language (Kluwer, 1991), Personal Identity and Buddhist Philosophy: Empty Persons (Ashgate, 2003), and Buddhism as Philosophy (Ashgate and Hackett, 2007), and a co-editor of Self, No Self? (Oxford, 2011) and of Apoha: Buddhist Nominalism and Human Cognition (Columbia, 2011).

Charles Siewert is Robert Alan and Kathryn Dunlevie Hayes Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Rice University. He received his B.A. from Reed College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In The Significance of Consciousness (Princeton, 1998) and subsequent work he discusses: the notion of phenomenal consciousness, its relation to intentionality, and its intrinsic value; first-person reflection and its use in philosophy and psychology; the idea of inner perception; the richness (or poverty) of conscious experience; phenomenology and sensorimotor approaches to perception.

William Waldron is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Religion at Middlebury College. He works on comparative psychologies and philosophies of mind, and theory and method in the study of religion. His publications focus on the Yogācāra school of Indian Buddhism and its dialogue with modern thought. He is the author of The Buddhist Unconscious: The Ālaya-Vijñāna in the Context of Indian Buddhist Thought (Routledge, 2003).

Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In his systematic work, Zahavi has mainly been investigating the nature of selfhood, self-consciousness and intersubjectivity. He has authored and edited more than 20 books and written more than 100 articles. His most important publications include Husserl und die transzendentale Intersubjektivität (Springer, 1996), Self-awareness and Alterity (Northwestern, 1999), Husserl’s Phenomenology (Stanford, 2003), Subjectivity and Selfhood (MIT, 2005), and together with Shaun Gallagher, The Phenomenological Mind (Routledge, 2008). His most recent book publication is the co-edited volume Self, No Self? (OUP, 2011).