Jacob Beck is York Research Chair in the Philosophy of Visual Perception and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also Director of York’s Cognitive Science Program, a member of York’s Centre for Vision Research, and a core member of the program Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA). Beck’s research makes progress on longstanding philosophical puzzles about mental representation and consciousness by reconceptualizing them in light of contemporary cognitive science.
Beck’s articles have appeared in such venues as The Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Cognition, Mind & Language, and The Atlantic. He co-edited (with Kristin Andrews) the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds. Beck has been a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and his research is currently funded by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. He is an area editor at the open access journal Ergo.
Before coming to York, Beck taught in the Department of Philosophy at Texas Tech University and served as a James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in Saint Louis. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University, and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in philosophy and minored in cognitive science. In between he taught English for Language House on the island of Shikoku in Japan.