I am the Juniorprofessor for Neurophilosophy at Magdeburg’s Philosophy–Neurosciences–Cognition Program and, together with Holger Lyre, co-responsible for our Master of Science.
I work mainly on philosophical issues in the neuroscience of phenomenal consciousness, where I focus on what a neural correlate of consciousness is, how we can and can’t use introspective approaches, the role of structures to individuate sensations, varieties of ego-dissolution, the indeterminacy or precision of experiences, and so on. Additionally, I work on psychedelics, pains, paradoxes and the psychology of vagueness. Philosophy of Mind and Theoretical Philosophy are my main areas of teaching.
Together with Wanja Wiese and Jennifer Windt, I am Editor-in-Chief of the not-for-profit open access journal Philosophy and the Mind Sciences, which is fully independent of all commercial publishing houses. Since 2017, I curate the Youtube-channel of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy, with small German explanatory videos on philosophical topics and interviews with leading analytic philosophers.
After studying Philosophy, History of Art, Japanology, and Biology at Mainz (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), and Florence (Italy) with the help of a scholarship of the German National Academic Merit Foundation and a JLSP-scholarship, I wrote my dissertation at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück (Germany) and, as a visitor, at Center for Consciousness at Australia’s National University’s Center for Consciousness. My thesis focused on foundational issues in the neuroscience of phenomenal consciousness, such as the notion of a neural correlate of consciousness, the privacy of consciousness, and the role of introspection in researching consciousness.
Fink, Sascha Benjamin (2018) Darwin unter Linken? Das naturalistische Fundament politischer Solidarität. Postscript to: Peter Singer (2018) Linke, hört die Signale! (originally: A Darwinian Left). Stuttgart: Reclam.
Fink, Sascha Benjamin (2017) Why Care beyond the Square? Classical and Extended Shapes of Oppositions in Their Application to „Introspective Disputes“. In: J.Y.B. Béziau & G. Basti (eds.) The Square of Opposition: A Cornerstone of Thought (Studies in Universal Logic), Springer/Birkhäuser, p. 325–337.
Fink, S. Benjamin & Zednik, Carlos (2017) Meeting in the Dark Room: Bayesian Rational Analysis and Hierarchical Predictive Coding, in: Thomas Metzinger & Wanja Wiese (eds.) Philosophy and Predictive Processing.
Fink, S. Benjamin (2015) Phenomenal Precision and Some Pitfalls — A Commentary on Ned Block. Also in: T. Metzinger & J. Windt (eds.) Open Mind, MIT Press, p. 213–227.
Original Target Article by Block here
Reply by Ned Block (2015)
Fink, S. Benjamin (2012) Knowing Pain. In E. Cohen, L. Toker, M. Consonni, & O. Dror (eds.) Knowledge and Pain. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. (PDF here)
Fink, S. Benjamin (2010) Pain: A Natural State without a Nature? Dealing with the Ambiguity of ‘Pain’ in Science and Ethics, in: Gillian Bendelow, Heather McKenzie and John Quinton (eds.), At the Edge of Being: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pain. New York: Rodopi.