Katalin Balog


Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy, Rutgers-Newark

kbalog at andromeda dot rutgers dot edu




I have recently published an essay in the New York Times, reposted here and in Hungarian here.



I came to the US in 1989 from my native Budapest. Most of the time since I have been living in New York with my family Milan and Barry Loewer. I got my PhD at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. In the year 1998-1999 I was at Cornell University on a Mellon Fellowship. Among the other great things that happened that year, Milan was born in Ithaca in October 1998. I taught philosophy at Yale University between 2000 and 2010, first as an assistant, then, after 2006, as an associate professor. During 2005-2006, I was a senior fellow at Collegium Budapest, supported by an AAUW grant. In the Spring of 2012, I was a Senior Research Fellow at Central European University Institute for Advanced Studies.




I have recently accepted an offer from Rutgers University/Newark and started as an associate professor here in the Fall of 2010. I am also on the graduate faculty at Rutgers/New Brunswick.



My primary areas of research are the philosophy of mind/psychology and metaphysics. The problems that interest me most, the nature of consciousness, the self, and free will lie at their intersection.


I am currently completing a monograph tentatively entitled Through a glass darkly: conceivability and the mind-body problem. In it I defend the view that our lack of understanding the connection between mind and body is due to the nature of phenomenal concepts. In my view, phenomenal concepts are partly constituted by the phenomenal states they apply to. I also argue that no matter whether the ultimate nature of consciousness is physical or non-physical, our subjective take on it plays a very special role in our lives that no objective understanding can possibly play. This special role is what I intend to explore in my next project on the role of subjectivity in existentialism and Buddhist philosophy.


In my spare time I like to hang out with my family, play the piano, and travel.


Here is my CV.


Book length project


Survey articles and substantial reviews

Reviews and occasional pieces








Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science

David Chalmers’ web page (a great resource in philosophy of mind and consciousness)


Barry Loewer’s page

New York Insight Meditation Center

Hungarian Spectrum (news and analyisis of the Hungarian political scene)



Last updated on April 10, 2016.