Raphaël Millière

Raphaël Millière

I am the Robert A. Burt Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University. I previously completed my DPhil (PhD) in philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2020.

My philosophical interests lie mainly within the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. My doctoral research investigated on the notion of self-consciousness. In my dissertation, I defended a pluralist account of self-consciousness, according to which there are several ways in which one can be conscious of oneself as oneself.

I am currently working on two main research projects:

  1. The capacities of deep artificial neural networks. I am interested in the implications of the recent progress of deep learning models mean for older philosophical debates about connectionism, as well as establishing fair and meaningful comparisons between such models and human cognition.
  2. The nature and scope of self-representation. I investigate what underlies the capacity to represent oneself as oneself at a fundamental level, in humans and non-human animals; as well as the role that self-representation plays in perception, action, and memory. This research project involves an experimental component, investigating the relationship between self-representation and the spatial content of visual perception using virtual reality.

I am also interested in issues related to the conceptualization and taxonomy of global states of consciousness, such as post-comatose disorders of consciousness and drug-induced states; and methodological issues regarding the use of first-person reports in neuroscience.

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