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Curriculum Vitae



Updated March 21, 2014


Anne Jaap Jacobson


Degrees in Philosophy


D.Phil., Oxford University, 1975

B.Phil., with distinction, Oxford University, 1967

B.A. with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1965


Areas of Expertise


Specialization: Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Neuroscience; Neurophilosophy; the History and Philosophy of Cognitive Science; the Philosophy of David Hume; Feminist Philosophy.

Competence: History of Modern Philosophy; Elementary Formal Logic and Informal Logic



Professional Memberships


– American Philosophical Association

– Hume Society

– Society for Women in Philosophy

– Society for Philosophy and Psychology

– Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology





2014-               Member of the APA Committee on the Status of Women

2013                 Chair of the Program Committee, APA, Central Division

2008-2010       Founding Chair, Society for Philosophy and Psychology’s Committee on Diversity

2005-present   Director of the UH Center for Neuro-engineering and Cognitive Science (CNECS).

2002-2005       Associate Director of UH-CNECS.

2005-2008       Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

2005                Program Co-chair, Society for Philosophy and Psychology’s annual conference.

2004-2007       Member of the American Philosophical Association’s committee on the status and future of the profession.

2002-2004       President-elect/President of the UH Faculty Senate

2002-2005       Assoc. Director of the UH Center for Neuro-Engineering and Cognitive Science

2001-2002       Co-Chair of the UH President’s Commission on the Status of Women

1996-2002     Chair of the Cognitive Science Initiative at the University of Houston

1991-92           Past President, Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (NEASECS)

1990-91           President, NEASECS

1989-90           Vice President, NEASECS

1988-91           Member, Executive Board, NEASECS

1982-84           Program Chair, Princeton Research Forum (PRF)

1981-84           Member Executive Board, PRF



Academic Employment/Affiliation



2003-2014       Professor, University of Houston, Departments of Philosophy and Electrical and Computer Engineering

1991-              Associate Professor, University of Houston; adjunct professor in Communication Disorders, 1999-2003 onwards

1992                Visiting Associate Professor, Rice University (Fall semester; position held concurrently with Houston appointment).

1991                Visiting Fellow, Princeton University (Spring semester)

1987-90           Lecturer/Associate Professor, Rutgers University

1984-87           Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

1983-84           Lecturer in Philosophy, Princeton University, Spring semester

1982-83           Visiting Assistant Professor, Lehigh University

1981-82           Lecturer in Philosophy, Princeton University, Spring semester

1980-81           Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lehigh University, Fall semester; Lecturer in Philosophy, Princeton University, spring semester

1976-77           Lecturer in Philosophy, Princeton University, Spring semester; (Visiting Fellow the previous semester)

1974-75           Lecturer in Philosophy, Keble College, Oxford and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

1973-74           Lecturer in Philosophy, Somerville College and St. Anne’s College, Oxford

1971-73           Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, St. Anne’s College, Oxford

1969-71           Fulford Research Fellow, St. Anne’s College, Oxford (faculty position)

1967-69           Mary Ewart Research Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford (faculty position)


Honors and Awards



Dean’s College Service Award, 1999.

UH Grant to establish a graduate certificate in cognitive science, 2001

UH Deans’ grant to create a neuroscience center, 1996

Franklin J. Matchette Award, 1997.

UH Scholar’s Community Award for Innovative Teaching, Fall 1996.

UH Scholar’s Community Award for Innovative Teaching, Spring, 1996.

Greenwood Award, University of Houston, 1993

American Council of Learned Societies travel grant, 1988

Prize Fellowship, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 1969-71

Prize Fellowship, Somerville College, Oxford, 1967-69

Distinction for B.Phil. thesis, 1967

Tuition and Maintenance Grant, Somerville College, Oxford and the Philosophical Fellowship Fund, England, 1966-67

Vacation Grant, Somerville College, 1966

Phi Beta Kappa, 1965






Books/Special Issues of Journals




Keeping the World in Mind: Forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan (publ date: 11 Oct, 2013)


– Neurofeminism.   Co-editor with Heidi Maibom and Robyn Bluhm, Palgrave Macmillan, March 2012.


Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, Special Issue on H. Dreyfus, Dec. 2002.


– Feminist Interpretations of Hume, editor, Penn State Press, 2000

– Oversight of Margaret Wilson’s posthumous publication, Ideas and Mechanisms., a collection of her papers; published in 1999, Princeton University Press.






Forthcoming/In Print:


– “Similarity and Representations,” forthcoming in special issue of Philosophia, ed. by Daniel Hutto and Glenda Satne.


-“Reducing bias: Attitudes or Institutions?” Forthcoming in a two volume work from Oxford University Press, Brownstein and Saul, eds.


-“New Souls for Old” Perspectives on Politics, (invited for the flagship journal of the American Political Science Association), Vol. 11 (2013), 516-519.


-“A Curious Coincidence: Critical Race Theory and Cognitive Neuroscience,” in Jens Clausen and Neil Levy, eds. Springer Handbook of Neuroethics (Springer, 2013) in press.


-“The Faux, Fake, Forged, False, Fabricated, Phony, Etc: Problems for the Independence of Similarity-Based Theories of Concepts,” comments on E. Machery’s Précis, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, June, 2010.


“Empathy and Instinct: Cognitive Neuroscience and Folk Psychology,” Inquiry,2009, 59(5) pp. 467-42.


-“What Should a Theory of Vision Look Like?” Philosophical Psychology, 2008, 21 (5), pp. 641-655.


“Empathy, Primitive Reactions and the Modularity of Emotion,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Suppl. Vol. 32, 2006, 95-113.


– “Tenure and the political autonomy of faculty inquiry,” 2006 Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


-“Doing It His Way: Hume’s Theory of Ideas and Contemporary Cognitive Science;”: 2006. The Pre-History of Cognitive Science, ed. Andrew Brook, Palgrave McMillan.


– “Is the Brain a Memory Box?” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. Volume 4, Number 3, December 2005, pp. 271-278.


– “The Psychology of Philosophy: Locke and Hume,”2004, in Alanen, L and Witt, C, Feminist Reflections on the History of Philosophy, Kluwer Academic Publishers.


– “Mental representations: what philosophy leaves out and neuroscience puts in,” Philosophical Psychology, 2003, 16 (2), pp. 189-203.


– Editor’s Introduction to special edition of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science Dec. 2002, pp. 1-10.


– “Reconceiving Reason and Writing the Philosophical Canon,” in Feminist Interpretations of Hume, 2000.


– “A Double ReReading: An Introduction,” Feminist Interpretations of Hume, 2000.


– “What Did Hume Really Say? Cognitive Science in a PostCartesian Text,” The New Hume, ed. by Rupert Read and Ken Taylor, Routledge Kegan Paul, 2000; 156-166.


– “The Soul Unto Itself: Self-Knowledge and a Science of the Mind,”2000, Special issue on Ipseity and Alterity, Arobase: Journal des lettres et sciences humaines 4 (1-2), pp. 100-125. Also forthcoming 2002 in: Gallagher, S. and Stephen Watson, eds. Ipseity and Alterity: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intersubjectivity. Rouen: Presses Universitaires de Rouen.


 “Dennett’s Dangerous Ideas: Elements of a Critique of Cognitivism,” Ethnographic Studies, Fall 1998.


– “David Hume on Human Understanding,” in British Philosophy and the Age of Enlightenment, ed. Stuart Brown, for Routledge, 1996, Chapter Six.


– “A Problem for Causal Accounts of Reasons and Rationalizations,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, 1993, pp. 307-321


– “A Problem for Naturalizing Epistemologies,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XXX, No. 4, 1992, pp. 31-49


– “Minds, Pains and Mechanism,” Wittgenstein: A Symposium, ed. A. Serafini and S. Terhegrarian (Longwood Academic: 1990), pp. 131-142


– “Inductive Scepticism and Experimental Reasoning on Moral Subjects in Hume’s Philosophy,” Hume Studies, Vol. XV, No. 2, 1989, pp.325-339


– “The Problem of Induction: What is Hume’s Argument?” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, No. 68, Nos. 3 & 4,1987, pp. 265-284


– “Causation and the Supposed Counterfactual Condition in Hume’s Enquiry,” Analysis, Vol. 46, No. 3, 1986, pp. 131-133


– “Does Hume Hold a Regularity theory of Causality?” History of Philosophy Quarterly, Vol. I, No.1, 1985, pp. 75-91












– Patricia Churchland, Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain, W.W. Norton & Co (2013); forthcoming in The Philosophers’ Magazine.


– David Benatar, The Second Sexism, Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 15, 2012),The Philosophers’ Magazine, Issue 59, 4th Quarter 2012


– Alexis Shotwell, Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


– Paul Livingston, Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness, Cambridge University Press, 2004, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2005.03.07.


– McCulloch, Gregory, The Life of the Mind: An Essay on Phenomenological Externalism, Routledge, 2003, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2003.10.02.


– Lynne Rudder Baker, Explaining Attitudes, Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Spring, 1996.


– Crispin Wright, Truth and Objectivity, Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Fall, 1994


– Stephen Cade Hetherington, Epistemology’s Paradox, Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Vol. XIII, No. 1, 1993, pp. 25-27


– Stephen Stich, The Fragmentation of Reason, Canadian Philosophical Reviews, 1991, pp. 362-365


– Fred Dretske, The Explanation of Behavior, Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Vol. IX, No. 8,1989, pp. 306-310


– Alvin Goldman, Epistemology and Cognition, Metaphilosophy, Vol. 26, Nos. 3 & 4,1989, pp. 391-396


– Hilary Putnam, The Many Faces of Realism, Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Vol. 8, No. 7,1988, pp. 276-280


– Anthony Flew, David Hume Philosopher of Moral Science, Mind, Vol. XCVII, No. 386,1988, pp. 295-299



Presentations from 1985:



“Social norms in a science of the mind,” Invited symposium speaker, Brown University, May, 2014


“Neural Bases for implicit biases,” Invited lecture, Rice University, spring, 2012


“Why There Is No Free Lunch: A Neuroscientific

Case Study of Implicit Bias”, Invited symposium presentation, Pacific APA, 2012


“The Nature of Implicit Bias,” Invited lecture, University of Sheffield, Fall 2011.


The Faux, Fake, Forged, False, Fabricated, Phony, Etc: Problems for the Independence of Similarity-Based Theories of Concepts,” Colloquium, Eastern APA, Winter 2010


Presentation Pacific Swip, Fall 2010, “Vision as a Social Phenomenon”.


“So narrow are the bounds of human understanding,” Invited presentation to the Hume Society Conference, 2010.


Comments on “Reasons, Causes and Neuropsychology,” Pacific APA, 2010.


Comments on “What Homology Can Do,” Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2009 (because of a family funeral, these comments were delivered on tape.)


“In Defense of Extended, Embodied Cognition: Some Lessons for Philosophy from Cognitive Neuroscience” Pacific APA, 2009.


Invited Organizer: Symposium “Mind, Brain and Gender” for Dec. 2008 Amercian Philosophical Association conference. Invited paper: “The Demise of the Man of Reason.”


Invited Presentation: Action and Belief, College of Charleston, 2008.


Invited Conference Presentation, “Empathy and Instinct,” University of San Francisco, November, 2007.

-Presented at the Pacific Div. APA conference, 2008.

-Presented to a conference on minds and morals, Holy Cross College, Spring 2007.

2007, “A New Argument for Externalism,” at the EEEE Conference, University of Central Florida.


Invited Presentation, “Properly Functioning Vision, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2007

Also presented APA Pacific Division Conference, 2007.


Commentator on Ken Azawa on Alva Noe, APA Pacific Division Conference, 2006.


Organizer and chair of a session on Interdisciplinarity, APA Pacific Division Conference, 2006.


“The Neuropathologies of Practical Reasoning,” Conference on Broken Minds/Broken Bodies, February 2006.


Organizer and chair of a session on Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, June, 2005.


“An Argument for the Modularity of Emotions,” Conference, University of Montreal, 2005.


“Empathy;” 2004, Paper given at the joint meeting of the European and the American Societies for Philosophy and Psychology.

“Reporting from the Middle: A Feminist Take on Cognitive Neuroscience,” 2004, Keynote Address for the first FEMMS conference at the U of Washington


– Commentator, Pacific APA, 2003, 2004.


– “Hume on Abstract Ideas,” Fourth Southeast Central Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy, October, 2002.


– “On Imagination: An Alternative to Representationalism and Functionalism,” Association for Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, London, 2002.


-“Mental Representations: What Philosophy Leaves out and Neuroscience Puts in.” Soceity for Philosophy and Psychology, Edmonton, 2002.


– “Hume and the New Neuroscience: A Novel Reading of an Old Theory,”

  • Invited presentation: American Philosophical Association Meeting, Pacific Divison, 2002.
  • Hume Society Conference, Helsinki, 2002.


“Content Externalism,” chair, Central Division session, APA Meeting 2001.


– “Locke on Personal Identity,” Invited presentation, Author meets Critics, in a Central Division, APA Meeting, 2000.


A New Interpretation of Hume’s Perceptions of the Mind,” First Southeast Central Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy, 1999.


– “Humean Ideas and Recent Cognitive Science,” Hume Society Conference, Ireland, 1999.


– “Reconceiving Reason and Writing the Philosophical Canon,” Invited presentation, Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences, Beijing, 1998.


– “Recent Issues in Western Philosophy,” Invited presentation, Beijing Normal University, 1998.


– “Representation and Explanation,” Conference on Cognitive Science and the Study of Religion, Vermont, 1998.


– “Is the Freudian Unconscious the Psychoanalytic Unconscious?” Society for Philosophy and Psychiatry, Toronto, 1998.


– “On Propositional Theories of Consciousness:   A Reply to Kobes,” Invited presentation,APA, Pacific Division, 1998.


– UH Symposium Panel, on Pinker’s The Language Instinct, University of Houston, 1997.


– UH Symposium Panel, on Dennett’s Kinds of Minds, 1997.


– “On Mind Reading: An Argument for the Opacity of the Subject,” presented at Engendering Rationalities Conference, University of Oregon, April, 1997.


– Panel Participant, Feminist Workshop at Rice University, April, 1997.


– “Reconstructing the Mind,” invited talk, Rice University Cognitive Science Program, April,1997.


– Author Meets Critics Panel, on Louis Sass, Invited presentation,The Paradoxes of Illusion, APA, Pacific Div, March, 1997.


– “A Feminist Reading of Hume’s Skepticism with Regard to the Senses,” Invited presentation,University of Manchester Philosophy dept, Dec. 1996.


– “Dennett’s Dangerous Ideas: Uncovering a Hidden Skepticism in Recent Cognitive Science,” Invited presentation, Mind and Society conference, organized by the department of Sociology, University of Manchester, England, Dec. 1996.


– “Cognitive Science and Postmodernism,” Invited presentation,Univ. of Nottingham, July, 1996.


– “Hume’s Representational Theory of the MInd,” Hume Society, July, 1996.


Session Chair, American Philosophical Association, March, 1996.


– “From Cognitive Science to Postmodernism: A New Reading of Hume’s First Enquiry,” Hume Society Conference, July, 1995.


– Comments on “Common Sense and Reflection in Hume’s Natural History,” Hume Society Conference, Rome, 1994.


– “Minds, Texts and Hume’s 2 Definitions,” U of H philosophy department presentation, Fall 1994.


– “Truth or Consequences,” U of H philosophy department presentation, Spring, 1994


– “Toward a New Model of the Place of Scepticism in Hume’s Philosophy,” Hume Society Conference, Ottawa,1993


– “Comments on Ruth Millikan on Inference,”

Conference on Cognitive Science, U of Houston, 1992


– Chair, session on Hume and Causation,

American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, 1991


– “Eighteen Century Cognitive Science: Ideas as Acts or Objects,”

Northeast American Society for the Eighteenth Century Studies, 1991


– “On Historical Silencings and Present Political Correctness,”

Presidential Address, Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 1991


– “David Hume on Unknown, Inexplicable Somethings,”

Hume Society Conference, Oregon, 1991


–   Panelist for “Author Meets Critics: Brian Skyrms’ The Dynamics of Rational Deliberation,”

            American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 1991


– “How to Think about Having a Mind,”

Student Philosophical Society, Univ of Houston, 1991


– “Vegetable Beliefs,”

University of Houston, 1990


– “Women Philosophers of the 17th and 18th Century,”

Chair and Commentator, Northeast American Society for the Eighteenth Century Studies, 1990


– “Normativism and Naturalism,”

American Philosophical Association, Pacific Div., 1990


– “Humean Scepticism: A Reply to J. Somerville,”

Hume Society Conference, England, 1989


– “Minds, Pains and Mechanisms,”

Conference on Wittgenstein, 1989


– “Comments on ‘Matter, Minds and Brains: La Science de l”Homme in Eighteenth Century France,”

Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 1989


– “The Modal and the Mental,”

American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 1989


– “Normativism and Naturalism,”

New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association Conference, 1989


– “From Cognitive Science to Pre-established Harmony: Commonsense in Leibniz,”

The Open University, England, 1989


– “Why Reasons Are Not Causes,”

(i)    UCLA colloquia, 1988

(ii) Rutgers Colloquia, 1988

(iii) University of Illinois, U-C, 1987


– “Why Folk Psychology Is Not a Causal Theory,”

American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, 1988


– “Inductive Scepticism and Hume’s Experimental Reasoning on Moral Subjects,”

Hume Society Conference, Germany, 1988


– “Why Reasons Are Not Causes,”

American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 1988


– “Is Hume a Sceptic about Induction?”

(i)   Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 1987

(ii)   American Philosophical Association, Central Div. 1988


– “Why Epistemic Reasons Need Not Be Causes,”

Canadian Philosophical Association, 1987

– “Knowledge, Good Cats and the Problem of Facilitators,”

American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 1987


– “Why Reasons Are Not Causes,”

New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association Conference, 1987


– “The Ineliminability of Epistemic Appraisals,”

American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, 1986


– “Gallie on Kant on Reid on Hume,”

Hume society Conference, Edinburgh, 1986


– “Epistemically Irrelevant Causal Dependencies,”

Canadian Philosophical Association Conference, 1986


– “Natural Necessity and Inductive Scepticism in Hume’s Enquiry,”

(i)   Hume Society conference, Iceland, 1986

(ii)   American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 1986


– “What Is Knowledge? Well, What’s a Good Cat?”

New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association Conference, 1986


– “The Unreliability of Reliabilism,”

New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association Conference, 1985



Recent Review/Referee:



– Referee for MIT Press

– Referee for Oxford University Press

– Referee for Blackwell Press

– Referee for Prentice Hall

– Reviewer for Australian National Research Council Grant Application.

– Referee for Hypatia.

– Referee for Hume Studies.

Referee for Philosophical Psychology.

Referee for Hume Society Conference

– Referee for tenure decision, University of Nevada at Reno.

– Referee for tenure decision Western Illinois University.

– Referee for tenure decision University of Central Florida

– Referee for tenure decision for Wesleyan University

– Referee for Penn State Press.

Canadian Journal of Philosophy: invited to referee; declined because of conflict of interest.

Associate of Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Representative Recent Service


Chair of the Program Committee, APA’s Committee on the Status of Women biennial conference, 2015.

Chair of the Program Committee, APA, Central Division, 2013

Co-Founder of the Cognitive Science Initiative, 1996.

Director of the UH Center for Neural-Engineering and Cognitive science, 2005 –

Program Chair for the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. 2005

Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on Women 2001-2002.

President of the UH Faculty Senate, 2003.

President elect, 2002

Past President, 2004

Senior Blogger, (I started posting under a pseudonym about three months after the blog started in 2007, but I now write under my own name).

Member of the International Implicit Bias Workshop, U of Sheffield, 2011-13.

Reviewer for external tenure files from a number of universities.