Bence Nanay

Bence Nanay is Professor of Philosophy and BOF[1] Research Professor at the University of Antwerp and has worked as a film critic. He is co-director of the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp and Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge University.[2][3][4][5]


Bence Nanay is Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor at the University of Antwerp. He is co-director of the centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University His research focuses on philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology and aesthetics. His work is widely discussed in journals like Journal of Philosophy,[6] Philosophical Studies,[7] Analysis (journal),[8] Pacific Philosophical Quarterly,[9] Mind & Language,[10] Journal of Mind and Behavior,[11] Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science,[12] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences and Philosophical Psychology.[13]

Nanay is the primary investigator of the Between Perception and Action project at the University of Antwerp, supported by a million euro grant from Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) (English: Flemish Research Foundation).[14][15]

He is also the primary investigator of the Seeing Things You Don't See project, supported by a 2-million euro Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council [16]

He is the editor of The Monist's special issue on the philosophy of Robert Musil[17] and the editor on the centenary special issue on Heinrich Wölfflin in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.[18]

Nanay is also known for his work as a film critic.[19] He served as a jury member at a number of major film festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival,[20] the San Francisco Film Festival,[21] the Miami International Film Festival and the Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina).[22]


  • Bence Nanay. (editor) Perceiving the World (Oxford University Press, 2010).[23]
  • Bence Nanay. Between Perception and Action (Oxford University Press, 2013).[24]
  • Bence Nanay. Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception (Oxford University Press, 2016.[25]).


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  3. "Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Nanay from Syracuse to Antwerp". 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  4. "Frontiers | Bence Nanay | Activity". Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  5. "Fellows by Subject | Peterhouse". Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  6. "Publications [#201166] of Karen L Neander". Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  7. Ganson, Todd; Bronner, Ben (2013). "Philosophical Studies, Online First™". Philosophical Studies. 164 (2): 405–418. doi:10.1007/s11098-012-9853-3.
  8. Michael Tye (2009-12-16). "Up close with the speckled hen". Analysis. 70 (2): 283–286. doi:10.1093/analys/anp169.
  9. Briscoe, Robert Eamon (2011-05-11). "MENTAL IMAGERY AND THE VARIETIES OF AMODAL PERCEPTION - BRISCOE - 2011 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly - Wiley Online Library". Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. 92 (2): 153–173. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01393.x.
  10. "Download Attachment" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  11. The Journal of Mind and Behavior. "The Journal of Mind and Behavior". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  12. Stegmann, Ulrich (2010-10-28). "Reply to Bence Nanay's 'Natural selection and the limited nature of environmental resources'". Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 41 (4): 420–421. doi:10.1016/j.shpsc.2010.10.008. PMID 21112017.
  13. Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2011-11-17). "Taylor & Francis Online :: Seeing and retinal stability: On a sensorimotor argument for the necessity of eye movement for sight - Philosophical Psychology". Philosophical Psychology. 26 (2): 263–266. doi:10.1080/09515089.2011.633699.
  14. "Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Philosopher Nanay Wins One Million Euro "Odysseus Grant" from the Flemish Research Foundation". 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  15. "Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen: Odysseusprogramma huidige - detail" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-03-10.
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  17. "The Monist: Calls For Papers". Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  18. "Symposia". Archived from the original on 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  19. "How cinema lost its soul - Features - Films". The Independent. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  20. "Film Festivals . com - People". Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  21. "Awards - 2004". Fipresci. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  22. "Awards 2007". Fipresci. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  23. "Oxford University Press: Perceiving the World: Bence Nanay". Archived from the original on 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  24. Between Perception and Action. Oxford University Press. 2014-01-28. ISBN 9780199695379.
  25. Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception. Oxford University Press. 2016-01-14. ISBN 9780199658442.
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