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Department of Philosophy

Keith Gunderson

Keith Gunderson

Keith Gunderson


  • philosophy and poetry
  • machine consciousness
  • aesthetics
  • Locke
  • philosophy of artificial intelligence
  • the mind-body problem
  • Schopenhauer
  • Berkeley
  • philosophy of mind


  • Leibniz's Walk-In Machine, Perception, and the Perils of Physicalism: Gunderson, Keith, University Press of America, In Science, Mind and Psychology: Essays on Grover Maxwell's World View, 19888.
  • Mentality and Machines, second edition. Gunderson, Keith, University of Minnesota Press, 1985.
  • Purposes and Poetry: Gunderson, Keith, Reidel, Body, Mind, and Method, 1979.
  • A Continual Interest in the Sun and Sea; Inland Missing the Sea. Gunderson, Keith, Nodin Press, 1976.
  • The Dramaturgy of Dreams in Pleistocene Minds and Our Own: Gunderson, Keith, Sleep and Dreaming, 2003.
  • Consciousness: Gunderson, Keith, Colliers Encyclopedia, Forthcoming.
  • Machine Consciousness: Gunderson, Keith, Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, 2002.

Research Activities

  • The Lemmas of Chauvet Cave: approximately 25 page philosophical poem sequence, 2002
  • Mental Symmetries: book on mind-body problem, consciousness, in progress
  • Dreams and Reality: monograph on epistemology and metaphysics of dreaming, in progress

Professional Activities

  • Member: American Philosophical Association, Central Division , 1963
  • Associate Member: Behavioral And Brain Sciences


  • Minnesota State Arts Board grant for poetry
  • National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Writing Fellowship, Poetry
  • Fulbright Fellowship

Courses Taught

  • 19th Century Philosophy
  • Minds, Bodies, and Machines
  • Phil 3005W - General History of Western Philosophy: Modern Period
  • Phil 8090 - Seminar: History of Philosophy
  • Phil 8510 - Seminar: Aesthetics Studies
  • Selected Empiricists
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1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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831 Heller Hall
271 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455