Monday April 2, 2018

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Allan Combs, PhD

Mapping the Field of Consciousness Studies

Allan L. Combs, Ph.D.


This workshop is designed for teachers and scholars in the many contemporary branches of consciousness studies. It will survey the history and scope of consciousness studies as it exists today; reviewing Western thinking beginning in classical times and continuing down to the present, highlighting and describing major streams of thought including ideas from ancient Greece, German Idealism, British Empiricism, 20th century European phenomenology, and important contemporary areas of research and scholarship. These include American pragmatism, developmental psychology, transpersonalism, analytic philosophy, computationalism, neural networks, and quantum physics. The workshop will also briefly explore possible future trends in the study of consciousness such as post and transhumanism. Eastern philosophy is recognized but not explored in depth during this workshop.


Allan Combs is a consciousness researcher, neuropsychologist, systems theorist, and a generalist in the field of consciousness studies. He has taught graduate courses about consciousness since the 1980s, winning the National Teaching Award of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. He is the author of over 200 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness, and Editor of the journal Consciousness: Ideas and Research for the Twenty First Century. Professor Combs holds appointments at The California Institute of Integral Studies and The Graduate Institute of Connecticut. He is the Director of the CIIS Center for Consciousness Studies and founder and President of the Society for Consciousness Studies.