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Dr. Michael D. KirchhoffMichael Kirchhoff

PhD (Macquarie University, Australia); MPhil (Aarhus, Denmark); BA (Aarhus, Denmark)

Room number: 19.1102
Phone number: +61 2 4221 5742
Email: kirchhof@uow.edu.au

About

Born in Denmark, I carried out both my undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) studies in philosophy at Aarhus University. In 2008, after finishing my MA, I moved to Copenhagen to take up a job as Project Manager for the City of Copenhagen. I worked as a project manager until 2010, where I moved to Australia in order to pursue a PhD. I’m currently living in Wollongong with my girlfriend, who is teaching me the art of surfing.

Research interests/Areas of expertise

My research is located in one of the most exciting and fast moving areas of research in contemporary philosophy, namely the overlap between the empirical sciences of mind and naturalistic philosophy of mind. In my PhD, I investigated certain aspects of the metaphysical underpinnings of the Hypothesis of Extended Cognition through an examination of various metaphysical relations of dependence such as material constitution, realization, composition, supervenience, and emergence. My recent research focuses primarily on exploring to possibility of diachronic inter-level relations of dependence in cognitive systems and in dynamical systems more generally.

Current research projects

I am currently working on a proposal for a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award with the Australian Research Council. If awarded, this proposal will investigate diachronic dependency in the empirical and theoretical sciences of cognition. Alongside this project, I intend to explore issues such as micro-temporality, the free energy principle and the self, and work on second-wave arguments for the hypothesis of extended cognition.

Publications

  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). Cognitive assembly: towards a diachronic conception of composition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/ s11097-013-9338-7.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). Extended Cognition & the Alleged Causal-Constitutive Fallacy: In Search for a Diachronic and Dynamical Conception of Constitution. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1-41. DOI: 10.1111/phpr.12039.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). In Search of Ontological Emergence: Diachronic, but Non-Supervenient. Axiomathes. DOI 10.1007/s10516-013-9214-7.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). Extended Cognition & Constitution: Re-evaluating the Constitutive Claim of Extended Cognition. Philosophical Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2012.724394.
  • Menary, R., & Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). Cognitive transformation and expertise, Educational Philosophy and Theory. DOI:10.1080/00131857. 2013.779209
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). Review of Enaction: Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science, Edited by John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, and Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, Philosophical Psychology, 26(1), 163-167.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D., & Newsome, W. (2012). Distributed Cognitive Agency in Virtue Epistemology. Philosophical Explorations, 15(2), 165-180.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2012). Extended Cognition and Fixed-Properties: Steps To a 3rd-Wave of Extended Cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11(2), 287-308.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2011). Anti-representationalism: Not a Well-Founded Theory of Cognition, Res Cogitans – Danish Journal of Philosophy, 2, 1-34.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2010). Pressing agency beyond the flesh: Three programmatic arguments grounding the notion of material agency. CEPHAD 2010 // The Borderland Between Philosophy and Design Research, no. 1, 91-96.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2009). Material Agency: a Theoretical Framework for Ascribing Agency to Material Culture, Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol. 13, no. 3.

Selected/recent publications

  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). Extended Cognition & the Alleged Causal-Constitutive Fallacy: In Search for a Diachronic and Dynamical Conception of Constitution. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1-41. DOI: 10.1111/phpr.12039.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2013). In Search of Ontological Emergence: Diachronic, but Non-Supervenient. Axiomathes. DOI 10.1007/s10516-013-9214-7.
Last reviewed: 17 June, 2014