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Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher living in Berkeley and New York. He works on the nature of mind and human experience. He is the author of "Action in Perception" (MIT Press, 2004); "Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness" (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009); "Varieties of Presence" (Harvard University Press, 2012); "Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature" (Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2015); and "Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark" (Oxford University Press, 2019). His latest book is "Learning To Look: Dispatches from the Art World" (Oxford, 2022).

Alva received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has also collaborated creatively with dance artists Deborah Hay, Nicole Peisl, Jess Curtis, Claire Cunningham, Katye Coe, and Charlie Morrissey. Alva is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a former fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is a 2018 recipient of the Judd/Hume Prize in Advanced Visual Studies. He was a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s now defunct science blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. Until 2025 Alva is an Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Free University in Berlin, where he is the director of the Reorganizing Ourselves research group.


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley