Katalin Balog

Katalin Balog


kbalog [at] rutgers.edu



Office Location

409 Conklin Hall


Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Conklin Hall 

175 University Avenue

Newark, NJ  07102

Office Hours

Sabbatical - Fall 2018Please contact Professor Balog via e-mail, during this time.

I arrived in the US from my native Hungary in 1989.  I joined the Rutgers-Newark Philosophy Department in the fall of 2010 and I am currently also a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Philosophy Department at Rutgers, New Brunswick.  Before I came to Rutgers, I had taught at Cornell and Yale University for over 10 years.

My primary areas of research and teaching are the philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology.  The problems that interest me most are consciousness, subjectivity, the self, and free will.  In my recent writing I argue that subjectivity plays a very special role in our lives that no objective understanding can possibly play.  I am in the process of writing a book on this for Oxford University Press.


Winner in the American Philosophical Association’s 2017 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest for the essay “’Son of Saul’, Kierkegaard and the Holocaust”.

Central European University Institute for Advanced Studies, Senior Research Fellow, Spring 2012.

Fulbright Travel Grant, Spring 2012.

Collegium Budapest, Senior Research Fellow, 2005-2006.

American Association of University Women, Postdoctoral Research Grant, 2005-2006.

Whitney Griswold Faculty Grant, Yale University, Summer 2005.

Morse Faculty Fellowship, Yale University, 2002-2003.

Whitney Griswold Faculty Grant, Yale University, Summer 2002.

My paper “Conceivability, Possibility, and the Mind-Body Problem”, The Philosophical Review, Vol 108, No 4 (October 1999) was chosen by The Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best articles appearing  in print in 2000. It has been reprinted in Volume XXIII of The Philosopher’s Annual.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University, 1998-1999.


Ph.D. Rutgers


Book-length project


1.             Consciousness and Meaning; Selected Essays by Brian Loar, Oxford University Press, 2017. (Editor, introductory essay pp. 137-152 pdf.)



2.             Acquaintance and the Mind-Body Problem (pdf).In Christopher Hill and Simone Gozzano (Eds.),New Perspectives on Type Identity: The Mental and the Physical(pp. 16-43). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

3.             In Defense of the Phenomenal Concept Strategy (pdf).Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 84(1), 1-23, 2012.

4.             Ontological Novelty, Emergence, and the Mind-Body Problem. In Günter Abel (Ed.) Kreativität(pp. 371-399). Hamburg: Meiner Verlag, 2006.

5.             Conceivability, Possibility, and the Mind-Body Problem (pdf),The Philosophical Review108(4), 497-528, 1999. Chosen by The Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best articles appearing in print in 2000. Reprinted in Volume XXIIIof The Philosopher’s Annual.


6.             Hard, Harder, Hardest (pdf), in   Sensations, Thoughts, Langugage: Essays in Honor of Brian Loar, Arthur Sullivan (ed.), Routledge Festschrifts in Philosophy, Routledge, 2019.

7.             Either/Or: Subjectivity, Objectivity and the good life (pdf). In: Transformative Experience, (ed. Laurie Paul), Oxford University Press, 2018.  

Survey articles:

1.              Phenomenal Concepts (pdf). In Brian McLaughlin, Ansgar Beckermann, and Sven Walter (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind (pp. 292-312). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Critical studies:

2.              Illusionism’s Discontent (pdf). Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23(11-12), 40-51, 2016.

3.              Jerry Fodor on Non-Conceptual Content (pdf). Synthese, 170 (2), 311-320, 2009.

4.              The A Priori Entailment Thesis, Commentary on Frank Jackson’s From Metaphysics to Ethics (pdf). Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 62(3), 645-654, 2001.

Essays on politics, culture, and philosophy for a general audience

5.              ‘Son of Saul’, Kierkegaard and the Holocaust, The New York Times, February 28th, 2016.

6.              The Brain’s I, part 4, 3 Quarks DailyJuly 17, 2017,

7.              The man of the hour, 3 Quarks Daily, February 27, 2017.

8.              A crack in everything, 3 Quarks Daily, November 28, 2016.

9.              The Brain’s I, part 3, 3 Quarks Daily, September 5, 2016.

10.            The Brain’s I, part 2, 3 Quarks Daily, August 8, 2016.

11.            The Brain’s I, part 1, 3 Quarks Daily, July 11, 2016.

12.            An inconsistent triad: Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and the radical mismatch in the theater of politics, 3 Quarks Daily, June 13, 2016.