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September 2020 - August 2022, Project Director
January - August 2020, Fellow
June – August 2017, Associated Member
Andrei Mărăsoiu received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in May 2019, writing a dissertation titled "What is it to understand?" and he was a fellow of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Andrei also received an MA in Neurophilosophy from Georgia State University (2013) and one in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Bucharest (2010). Andrei’s dissertation project is about what it is to understand something. This is a topic at the crossroads of the metaphysics of mind, epistemology, and the philosophy of science. Given his background, Andrei pursues his project on understanding with an eye to finding points of contact between the philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
Understanding: phenomenal and epistemic aspects (project code PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-0535)
What are insights?
His ICUB project carries his dissertation work farther, now more specifically concerned with the epistemic import of conscious episodes often called insights, or "Aha!" experiences. Do any phenomenal properties unify such episodes? And do such phenomenal properties somehow correspond to the epistemic benefits we reap from having such experiences? Andrei hopes to explore these questions throughout his 2020 fellowship at ICUB.
Convenor, Topics in Understanding research seminar