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Somogy Varga - New Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas

As of 1 August 2019, We are happy to welcome Somogy Varga to the School of Culture and Society as Professor in Philosophy.

"My current research is focused on various issues within philosophy of cognitive science and medicine. I am particularly interested in questions about classification in medicine, expert knowledge, and pluralism. My recent book Scaffolded Minds (MIT Press, 2019) investigates cognitive scaffolding and its significance for understanding mental disorders.

I have collaborated with physicians and I am currently working with a neurobiologist on a project about links between cognition and respiration. Other parts of my work are dedicated to topics in moral psychology and social philosophy.”



Somogy Varga is professor of philosophy at School of Culture and Society, AU. He studied philosophy, cultural studies, and music at the University of Copenhagen, Universität zu Köln, Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. He completed his PhD in Philosophy at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. He previously worked at the University of Memphis (2012-2019), the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück (2009-2012), and the Institute of Social Research at Goethe University Frankfurt (2007-2009). While employed at the University of Memphis, he was a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Intelligent Systems. He is the author of Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal (Routledge, 2011), Naturalism, Interpretation, and Mental Disorder (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Scaffolded Minds (MIT Press, 2019).


Somogy Varga
School of Culture and Society - Philosophy, subject
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7
building 1467, 519
8000 Aarhus C