Gábor Betegh is professor at the Philosophy Department of the Central European University. He studied at Eötvös University in Budapest, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and at the University of Cambridge. He works on ancient philosophy, in particular on ancient metaphysics, cosmology and theology.
István Bodnár is a part time faculty at the Philosophy Department of Central European University. He studied philosophy, English and Latin philology at Eötvös University, and earned his doctoral degree there with a thesis on Parmenides, under the supervision of Prof. Imre Ruzsa in 1992. His research interests include ancient metaphysics, epistemology, physical theory, and science.
Currently, CEU Provost/Academic Pro-Rector, Katalin Farkas is a professor of philosophy in the Central European University. She studied mathematics and philosophy at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She is interested in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, skepticism, and Descartes.
Michael Griffin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He has also been a visitor in the Institute for the Study of Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, and the philosophy departments at the University of Colorado, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Wake Forest University, and the University of Virginia. His current research interests focus on philosophers of the early modern period, especially Leibniz, Descartes, Spinoza and Locke.
Ferenc Huoranszki is professor of philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the Central European University. His interests include metaphysics and the philosophy of action, particularly the questions of free will, causation, modality, and 18th century metaphysics and ethics.
Co-founder and first chairman of the Alliance of Free Democrats, Hungary’s liberal party. Took an active part in the process of the transition to democracy in 1989/90. Withdrew from politics in 1991. At present, professor of political science and of philosophy at the Central European University, Budapest. In 1983, guest lecturer at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). In 1988/89, visiting professor at the New School for Social Research (New York). In the Fall of 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2010, visiting global professor at the New York University School of Law. Books in English include Constitutional Democracy, and Politics as a Moral Problem, both published by CEU Press.
Andres Moles read Philosophy at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) finishing in 2001, and received an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory (2003) and a PhD in Politics (2007) both at the University of Warwick. His research and teaching interests cover a range of topics in contemporary political and moral philosophy, with particular reference to liberal and democratic thought, and issues concerning social and distributive justice.
Simon Rippon works primarily on topics in the fields of ethics and practical reason, including moral epistemology, metaethics, practical and biomedical ethics, and neuroethics.
He received his PhD in philosophy at Harvard University. Originally from the UK, he studied as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, where he returned to hold a research fellowship at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics before coming to CEU in 2012.
Howard Robinson is University Professor in Philosophy. Between 2007 and 2010 he was Provost and Academic Pro-Rector of the University. He mainly specializes in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics, including the philosophy of religion: he also has an interest in the history of philosophy.
David Weberman earned his M.A. at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Germany and his Ph.D. at Columbia University, New York. He has also taught at New York University,University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia State University. He has published on philosophy of history, Heidegger, Gadamer, Foucault, Sartre, ideology, political philosophy and race. He is now writing a book on the philosophy of interpretation.
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Nov.1., 1950. Studied philosophy and social science in Zagreb University, and at the University of Chicago (1969/70), graduated 1972, Zagreb. Post-graduate studies at the Univerisity of Paris-X (Nanterre) with Paul Ricoeur. DES en philospophie from Universite de Paris X. Doctorate on "Theories of communication intention-Austin, Grice, Strawson" 1981. University of Ljubljana. After a semestar at the University of Rijeka, taught philosophy at the Philosophy department in Zadar, Croatia, from 1975 to 1993. Presently full professor of philosophy at Philosophy department of the University of Maribor, Slovenia and Director of Doctorate Support Program at Central European University Budapest
Dan Sperber is a French social and cognitive scientist. He is the author numerous articles in anthropology, linguistics, philosophy and psychology and of three books: Rethinking Symbolism (Cambridge UP 1975), On Anthropological Knowledge (Cambridge UP 1985), and Explaining Culture (Blackwell 1996). In these three books, He has developed a naturalistic approach to culture under the name of ‘epidemiology of representations’. Dan Sperber is also the co-author, with Deirdre Wilson (Department of Linguistics, University College, London) of Relevance: Communication and Cognition (Blackwell 1986 – Second Revised Edition, 1995) and of Relevance and meaning (Cambridge UP, forthcoming). Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson have developed a cognitive approach to communication known as ‘Relevance Theory’. Both the epidemiology of representations and relevance theory have been influential and also controversial.
I work on ancient philosophy, especially metaphysics and ethics, the Hellenistic schools, Plato and later Platonism. My PhD thesis (defended in January 2011) explores Cicero's presentation of Stoic ethics in his "On ends" and its possible effects on our understanding of early Stoic theory.
András Szigeti works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the project 'What it is to be human?'. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from Central European University in 2008. He served as Rector’s Research Fellow and then as Rector’s Senior Research Fellow at CEU between 2005-2010. In 2003-4, he held an FCO/Chevening Fellowship at the University Oxford (Oriel College). His research focuses on the ethics, metaethics and metaphysics of individual and collective responsibility.
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My research focuses on various aspects of cognitive development in human infants. Specifically, I study infants' visual processing from the level of spatial attention and eye-movement control through the intermediate levels of object and face perception to the level of interpretation of observed actions in terms of goals and understanding of communicative signals. I am also interested in how cognitive processes are accomplished by the human brain and how cognitive development can be explained by the neural development in infancy. Beyond behavioral measures, I use high-density event-related potentials and near-infrared spectoscropy (optical imaging) to measure the on-line functioning of the brain while infants are engaged in various activities.
György Gergely has done his graduate studies in psychology at University College London and Columbia University where he received his PhD in experimental psycholinguistics. He has also earned a second PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the HIETE University, Budapest. His main research interests are: Social and cognitive development and cultural learning in infancy and early childhood, action understanding, theory of mind, and developmental psychopathology. He has published books and papers in three broad areas of research and theory: a) cognitive science, b) cognitive and socio-emotional development, and c) clinical and psychoanalytic developmental theory, and developmental psychopathology.
Christophe Heintz is working on cultural evolution and cognition in the domains of the history of science and behavioural economics.
He studied mathematics and philosophy at the universities of Paris (Sorbonne and Diderot) and Cambridge. He worked for his Ph.D. at the Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Before coming to CEU, he was a research fellow at the KLI for Evolution and Cognition Research in Vienna.
Tamas Meszerics received his B.A., Dr. Univ. and Ph.D. in modern international history from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest. His major research interests include foreign policy analysis, the applications and limitations of rational choice models in political science, 20th century international history. He was visiting scholar at the Institute for International Studies, University of Leeds. He has been working at the department since its foundation.
Zoltan Miklosi received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from ELTE University, where he specialized in political and moral philosophy. His research areas concern questions of political obligation, distributive justice, and the problem of global justice. His current work focuses on the role of institutions in specifying the requirements of justice, and on how different distributive concerns regarding process and outcome may be integrated within a unified theory of distributive justice. His most recent publications include "Against the Principle of All Affected Interests," Social Theory and Practice, 2012, and "How Does the Difference Principle Make a Difference?" Res Publica 14:3 (2010).
István Perczel earned his C.Sc. (=Ph.D.) degree in 1995 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in Religious Studies. He has no other academic degree. He studied Greek with Prof. Judit Horváth in Budapest and, later, Syriac with Abouna Mushe Cicek in Jerusalem. He taught at CEU from 1994 but interrupted his teaching between 2004 and 2010, when he was, first conducting field work in India, collecting, digitising, cataloguing and assessing the manuscripts of the St Thomas Christians and, then, was doing research in Jerusalem, in the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University.
His research interests are: Patristics, Neoplatonist philosophy, Byzantine and Eastern Christian studies, Syriac manuscripts, history of Christianity in India.