Katalin Balog


Department of Philosophy, Rutgers-Newark

kbalog at rutgers dot edu




I have recently published an essay in the New York Times, (you can find it in Hungarian here and in German here in the philosophy magazine Hohe Luft).

It has been selected a winner in the American Philosophical Association’s 2017 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest.


Upcoming talks:


“Desperately Seeking the Self”, at the conference on The phenomenology of self-awareness and the nature of conscious subjects”, Fribourg, May 23-26, 2018.


“Metaphysical indeterminacy and the mind-body problem”, guest keynote speaker at Mind Brazil International Workshop: David Chalmers, August 21-23, 2018, in Tiradentes, Brazil.


“Either/Or: Subjectivity, Objectivity and the good life”, workshop on Transformative Experience, Yale University, November 8-9, 2018.


“Either/Or: Subjectivity, Objectivity and the good life”, colloquium at Central European University, December 4th, 2018.


Some recent essays on philosophy, culture, and politics on 3 Quarks Daily:


·       The man of the hour

·       A crack in everything

·       An inconsistent triad: Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and the radical mismatch in the theater of politics


·       The Brain’s I, part 1

·       The Brain’s I, part 2

·       The Brain’s I, part 3

·       The Brain’s I, part 4


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. I have been teaching at Rutgers University/Newark since 2010.


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


Here is my CV.




Survey articles and critical studies







3 Quarks Daily

Barry Loewer’s page

New York Insight Meditation Center

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



Last updated on July 23, 2017.