Professor Colin Klein

Professor, School of Philosophy
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) 220206
  • Philosophy Of Cognition 220312
  • Philosophy Of Mind (Excl. Cognition) 220314


I am a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University. 

Before ANU, I taught at Macquarie University, and before that I spent a year as a visiting research fellow in the Centre for Consciousness at the ANU. My first job was at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  I did my undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall College and my PhD at Princeton University. 

Researcher's projects

Publications yet to be entered in Aries:

  • “Ghosts in Machine Learning for Cognitive Neuroscience: Moving from Data to Theory” Thomas A Carlson et al. Forthcoming in Neuroimage 
  • “Interpreting the dimensions of neural feature representations revealed by dimensionality reduction” Erin Goddard et al. Forthcoming in Neuroimage. 
  • “Computation, Consciousness, and ‘Computation and Consciousness’” forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of the Computational Mind
  • “Mental Representation and Decoding Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience” Brendan Ritchie, David Kaplan, and Colin Klein. Accepted for The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 
  • “Putting the ‘social’ back in social psychology” Forthcoming in Current Controversies in Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • “Imperativism and Pain Intensity” (w/ Manolo Martínez) forthcoming in The Philosophy of Pain: Unpleasantness, Emotion, and Deviance. ed. David Bain, Michael Brady, and Jennifer Corns. New York: Routledge. 
  • “What do predictive coders want?” (2018) Synthese 195(6): 2451-2557. 
  • “Topic Modeling Reveals Distinct Interests Within an Online Conspiracy Forum” (2018) Colin Klein, Peter Clutton, and Vince Polito. Frontiers in Psychology 9: 189. 
  • “Hypocrisy and Moral Authority” Jessica Isserow and Colin Klein. (2017) Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 12(2): 191-222. 
  • “Taxonomising Delusions: Content or Aetiology?” Peter Clutton, Stephen Gadsby, and Colin Klein. (2017) Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 22(6): 508-527. 
  • “Pain, care, and the Body: A response to de Vignemont” (2017) Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95(3): 588–593 
  • “Imperativism” (2017) in The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain, ed. Jennifer Corns. New York: Routledge: 51-59. 
  • “Brain regions as difference makers” (2017) Philosophical Psychology 30(1–2): 1–20. 
  • “What is a Cognitive Ontology, Anyway?” Annelli Janssen, Colin Klein, and Marc Slors. (2017) Philosophical Explorations 20(2) 123–128. 
  • “Consciousness, Intention, and Command Following in the Vegetative state” (2017) The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 68(1): 27-54. 
  • “Wang Chong’s epistemology of testimony” Esther Klein and Colin Klein (2016) Asia Major Third Series, 29(2): 115–147. 
  • “Insect consciousness: Commitments, conflicts and consequences” (2016) Colin Klein and Andrew Barron. Animal Sentience 1(9.21) 
  • “Insects have the capacity for subjective experience” (2016) Colin Klein and Andrew Barron. Animal Sentience. 1(9.1) vol1/iss9/1/ 
  • “Pain signals are predominantly imperative” (2016) Manolo Mart ´inez and Colin Klein. Biology and Philosophy 31:283–298. 
  • “What insects can tell us about the origins of consciousness” Andrew Barron and Colin Klein (2016) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(18): 4900–4908. 
  • “Olympia and other O-Machines” (2015) Philosophia 43(4): 925–931. 
  • “Variability, convergence and dimensions of consciousness” (2015) Colin Klein and Jakob Hohwy. In Behavioral Methods In Consciousness ed. Morten Overgaard, Oxford: Oxford University Press: 249–264. 
  • “Imperatives, Phantom Pains, and Hallucination by Presupposition” (2012) Philosophical  Psychology 25(6): 917-928. 
  • “Cognitive Ontologies and Region- versus Network-Oriented Analyses” (2012) Philosophy  of Science 79(5): 952-960. 
  • “Two Paradigms for Implementation” (2012) Journal of Cognitive Science 13(2): 167-179. 
  • “The Dual Track theory of Moral Decision-Making: A Critique of the Neuroimaging Evidence” (2011) Neuroethics 4, pp143-162. 
  • “Neuroimaging senza localizzazione” Sistemi Intelligenti (2011). Trans. Massimo Marraffa a. XXIII, n. 1, Aprile 2011, pp113-132. 
  • “Response to Tumulty on Pain and Imperatives” (2010) The Journal of Philosophy CVII(10), pp 554-557. 
  • “Images are not the Evidence in Neuroimaging” (2010) The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 61, pp. 265-278 
  • “Confirmation, Refutation and The Evidence of fMRI.” (2010) Chris Mole and Colin
    Klein. In Foundational Issues in Human Brain Mapping, ed. Martin Bunzl and Stephen José Hanson. Cambridge, MIT press: 99-112. 
  • “Philosophical Issues in Neuroimaging.” (2010) Philosophy Compass. 5(2), pp. 186-198. 
  • “Reduction Without Reductionism: A Defence of Nagel on Connectability.” (2009) Philosophical Quarterly. 59(234), pp. 39-53. 
  • “Dispositional Implementation Solves the Superfluous Structure Problem.” (2008) Synthese. 165(1), pp. 141-153. 
  • “An Ideal Solution to Disputes about Multiply Realized Kinds.” (2008) Philosophical
    Studies. 140(2), pp. 161-177. 
  • “An Imperative Theory of Pain.” (2007) The Journal of Philosophy CIV(10), pp. 517–532. 
  • “Kicking the Kohler Habit.” (2007) Philosophical Psychology 20(5), pp. 609–619. 
  • “Events as Changes in the Layout of Affordances.” (2003) Anthony Chemero, Colin Klein and William Cordeiro. Ecological Psychology,15(1), 19-28. 


Projects and Grants

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