James John



Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, and Associate Chair, Undergraduate


St. George,

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  • BA, NYU
  • PhD, MIT

James John teaches courses in both the Department of Philosophy and the University College Cognitive Science Program. One of his current research projects has to do with the metaphysics of consciousness and concerns “Revelation” principles and the question whether sensory qualities could have “hidden” physical essences. Other ongoing research projects are pedagogical. One addresses philosophy learning in large lecture courses, and another develops teaching strategies for dealing with student anti-intellectualism.

Research Interests:

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Education, Metaphysics, Epistemology


  • “If Computers Could Think,” University College Magazine 41: 12-17 (2015).
  • “Are Qualia Incoherent?” Journal of Philosophical Research 39: 235-252 (2014).
  • “Against Qualia Theory,” Philosophical Studies 147:  323-346 (2010).
  • Review of Wright (ed.), The Case for QualiaNotre Dame Philosophical Reviews (online) (2009).
  • “Representationism, Phenomenism, and the Intuitive View,” Philosophical Topics 33:  159-184 (2005).

Works in Progress

  • “Sensory Quality and the Hidden Nature Question”
  • “The Large Lecture Course: Public Workshop for Private Reflection”
  • “The ‘Philosophical Problems’ Problem: Strategies for Combatting Student Anti-Intellectualism”


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