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Michael  Bruno

Michael George Bruno

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Room: 117 George Hall
Vita (PDF)


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2013
  • M.A., University of Arizona, 2011
  • B.A., New York University, 2003

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology (broadly construed)
  • Metaethics and Moral Psychology


Review of Perception, Action, and Consciousness: Sensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems, 2011

Intuitions about Personal Identity: An Empirical Study (with Shaun Nichols), 2010

Locke’s Answer to Molyneux’s Thought Experiment (with Eric Mandelbaum), 2010

What Does the Nation of China think about Phenomenal States (with Bryce Huebner and Hagop Sarkissian), 2010

Review of Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Mind, 2006

Review of Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness: An Anthology, 2005


The Extended Conscious Mind, 2013

I defend the thesis that the vehicles or realizing properties that constitutively ground many of the conscious visual experiences of ordinary human beings include parts of the environment external to anyone’s body. After surveying the development of externalist theories in the philosophy of mind and addressing some general objections to active vehicle externalism, I argue positively that the grounds of visual experiences are always temporally extended and often include parts of the world external to the seeing subject’s body.