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 (you can also find it here in the German philosophy magazine Hohe Luft, Issue #1, 2017, pp. 56-60 (translation: Korbinian Nida-Rümelin)).



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


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 substantial reviews

Essays on culture, politics and philosophy

Reviews and occasional pieces








3 Quarks Daily

Barry Loewer’s page

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


New York Insight Meditation Center

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



Last updated on February 27, 2017.