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About Michael Madary

Teaching Philosophy
I have two main goals as a teacher.  The first goal is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for them to succeed upon completing their course of studies.  The second goal is to foster the development of a passion for lifelong learning.  Such a passion is crucial, I believe, for maintaining the cognitive versatility required to flourish in the contemporary world. 

A main strategy that I use to achieve these goals is to make use of experiential learning techniques designed to maximize student engagement.

Scholarly Interest
My research focuses mostly on the philosophy of mind and the ethics of emerging technology.  I take an interdisciplinary approach to my work, drawing from psychology and neuroscience as well as the history of philosophy.  I co-authored the first code of ethics for research and consumer use of virtual reality, which has received widespread media attention.
In addition to the ethics of technology, I have also published widely in the philosophy of perception, including a book, Visual Phenomenology, available  from MIT Press.  In my future work, I hope to explore further the relationship between our faculties of mind and emerging technology.


August 2019 - Present Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific
2017 - 2019 Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University
2010 - 2016 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz
2007 - 2009 Teaching Fellow, University of Bristol

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present External reviewer, European Commission
Present Review panel member, European Science Foundation
Present Associate Editor, Frontiers in Virtual Reality and Human Behavior
Present Ethics Advisor, Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE)
2018 - 2022 External Advisory Board, EC Project RHUMBO
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  • PHIL 015 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • PHIL 037 Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 061 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 079 Sensation and Perception
  • PHIL 121 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 180 Metaphysics
  • Ethics of Emerging Technology


2007 Ph.D., Philosophy, Tulane University
2006 DAAD, Visiting Researcher, University of Freiburg ‐ Freiburg Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and Freiburg Husserl Archive
2003 M.A., Philosophy / Cognitive Science, University of Houston
1999 B.A., Philosophy, University of Dallas

Contact Information

Phone: 209.932.2860

Office: WPC 205


Books and Book Chapters (7)

Articles (15)

Presentations (32)