Mark Couch, Ph.D.
Professor Couch is interested in the areas of philosophy of science and philosophy of mind.
Professor Couch is interested in the areas of philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. His recent work is centered around the issue of how we should understand functional explanations in the sciences. This topic relates to how to properly conceive of the relationship between the natural and social sciences. His publications in these areas include "Functional Properties and Convergence in Biology," Philosophy of Science, December 2005, vol. 72, "Multiple Realization in Comparative Perspective," Biology and Philosophy, September 2009, vol. 24, and "Functional Explanation in Context," Philosophy of Science, April 2009, vol. 76. In addition he has an article forthcoming in a special issue of Synthese on Philosophy and Neuroscience, titled "Mechanisms and Constitutive Relevance,” and an entry coming out in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on theories of functional explanation.
- Ph.D., Columbia University
- B.A., University of California, Berkeley
- Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award (2009), Seton Hall University
- Supplemental Travel Award (2008), Seton Hall University
- Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award (2007), Seton Hall University
- Core Fellowship (2002-2005) Columbia University
- David H. Siff Philosophy of Science Award (2001), Columbia University