Amy Kind, PhD

Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies



Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Mind


Amy Kind, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, joined the CMC faculty in 1997. Currently the Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, she has previously served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy (2009 - 2012) and Associate Dean of the Faculty (2005 - 2008). At CMC, she teaches classes in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and logic. Her research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of mind, though most of her published work has concerned issues relating either to imagination or to phenomenal consciousness.  Her most recent publications include What is Consciousness? A Debate (co-authored with Daniel Stoljar) and Imagination and Creative Thinking.  She has edited or co-edited four volumes: Epistemic Uses of Imagination (co-edited with Christopher Badura), Knowledge Through Imagination (co-edited with Peter Kung), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imaginationand Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.  She has also written introductory textbooks on Persons and Personal Identity (Polity Press) and Philosophy of Mind: The Basics (Routledge).  In 2023-4, she will serve as Vice President of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, to be followed by a term as President in 2024-5.

For more information, see her Google Scholar profile and her personal website.



BA; Amherst College


Awards and Affiliations

Faculty Research Award, 2022

Presidential Award for Merit, 2017

Dean's Distinguished Service Award, 2015

Roy P. Crocker Award for Merit, 2008

Research and Publications

What is Consciousness? A Debate (co-written with Daniel Stoljar; foreword by Frank Jackson)

Imagination and Creative Thinking (part of the series Cambridge Elements in Philosophy of Mind)

Epistemic Uses of Imagination (co-edited with Christopher Badura)

Knowledge Through Imagination (co-edited with Peter Kung)