William Hirstein is a Professor of Philosophy. He received his PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1994, studying with Richard Wollheim and (via an intercampus program) John Searle, and, as a postdoctoral researcher, with Patricia Churchland and V. S. Ramachandran. He has published articles on phantom limbs, autism, consciousness, sociopathy, responsibility and the misidentification syndromes. He is the author of several books, including On the Churchlands (Wadsworth, 2004), Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation (MIT, 2005), and Mindmelding: Consciousness, Neuroscience, and the Mind’s Privacy (Oxford, 2012).
He teaches courses in Critical Reasoning, Ancient Philosophy, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, and Mind & Consciousness.