Jeff Buechner (PhD, Rutgers University) works
primarily in the philosophy of mind and psychology, and explores
connections between these areas and mathematics and computer science. In
particular, he is interested in how results in computational complexity
theory can be used in adjudicating issues in the philosophy of mind - for
instance, in refuting certain kinds of triviality arguments against
computationalism. His book, Gödel, Putnam and Functionalism: A New Reading
of Representation and Reality
(MIT Press, 2008) is a detailed examination
of four important arguments that Hilary Putnam gave against functionalism,
as well as a critique of John Searle's metaphysics of computation.
Jeff can be reached at
buechner AT rci.rutgers.edu.