Benjamin Henke

I’m a philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and epistemology, with an emphasis on perception.

I argue that perception is functionally disunified—roughly, that the mind solves perception/action problems using multiple complementary computational strategies—and that this has broad implications for the general architecture of the mind and for the epistemic nature of perception. I'm also interested in what it means to believe and act in an epistemically responsible way and I argue that identifying doxastic justification with epistemically responsible belief has advantages over other approaches.

I'm currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. I founded and help run my department's Mind and Perception Group, which hosts several outside speakers each semester. Starting in October 2021, I'll be a postdoctoral researcher with the Psyphas Program in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Haifa.

My curriculum vitae: [PDF]

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Comment/Chair for Hille Paakkunainen's "Reasoning and Reasons for Belief," St. Louis Area Conference on Reasons and Rationality (Postponed until August 2021)

  • TBD, University of Haifa Cognitive Science Department (May 26, 2021)

  • TBD, Washington University in St. Louis Philosophy Department (April 29, 2021)

  • "Degree Encroachment," Notre Dame/Northwestern Epistemology Conference (April 9, 2021)

  • "Degree Encroachment," University of Missouri-St. Louis (April 7, 2021)

  • "The Function of Functional Division," Antwerp Centre for Philosophical Psychology (March 18, 2021)

  • "The Function of Functional Division," WashU's WIP Series (February 12, 2021)

  • "Degree Encroachment," Arché Grad Conference, St. Andrews (February 4-5, 2021)

  • "Degree Encroachment," Symposium at the 2021 Eastern APA (January 15, 2021)

  • "Responsibility and Epistemic Downgrade of Perception," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (Dec. 3-5, 2020)