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Tim Bayne


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  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


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Tim Bayne is a philosopher of mind and cognitive science, with a particular interest in the nature of consciousness.

He has written extensively on various structural features of consciousness, such as its unity, and the ways in which the structural features of consciousness might constrain the development of theories of consciousness. Bayne has ongoing interests in the taxonomy of consciousness. These interests include questions about how to understand the relationship between the contents of consciousness and global states (or ‘levels’) of consciousness, and questions about the relationship between conscious contents of different kinds, e.g., between conscious perception on the one hand and thought on the other. His current research focuses on the challenges posed by validating novel methods for detecting consciousness, and on whether it is possible to construct a ‘consciousness metre.’


  • Consulting Editor, Mind and Language, 2017- Present
  • Advisory Board, Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme, University of Oxford, 2014 - present
  • Erskine Professorial Fellow, University of Canterbury, 2015

Relevant Publications

  • Bayne, T. (2016). Gist!. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 116(2), 107–26. DOI:
  • Bayne, T., Hohwy, J., & Owen, A. (2016). Are there levels of consciousness?. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(6), 405–13. DOI:
  • Bayne, T. (2013). Thought: a very short introduction (Vol. 343). Oxford University Press.
  • Bayne, T., & Montague, M. (Eds.). (2011). Cognitive phenomenology. Oxford University Press on Demand.
  • Bayne, T. (2010). The unity of consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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