Michael Kirchhoff

Dr. Michael Kirchhoff

Senior Lecturer and Discipline Leader

Phone: +61 2 4221 5742

Email: kirchhof@uow.edu.au

Location: 19.1102

Website: https://uow.academia.edu/MichaelKirchhoff

About Dr. Kirchhoff

Michael earned his BA and MA in philosophy at the University of Aarhus (Denmark), and his PhD in philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney. Michael is now a CI on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project and a Senior Lecturer.

Michael’s current research focuses on how life and mind, respectively, are characterised, on the basis of the free energy principle. This principle combines key insights from statistical physics, thermodynamics and information theory to understand how life is possible and how life is related to mentality. Michael’s research is currently supported by a John Templeton Foundation Academic Cross-Training Fellowship.

Michael’s other research interests include: philosophy of mind (mental representation; mental causation; physicalism; consciousness; intentionality); philosophy of cognitive science (extended, embodied, enactive and embedded cognition; the role of the body in action and cognition; the Bayesian brain hypothesis; and the evolution and development of cognition); and philosophy of science (dynamical systems theory, mechanistic explanation and other forms of non-mechanistic models in science).

Highlighted Publications

  • ​Kirchhoff, M. D. (2017). Predictive processing, perceiving and imagining: Is to perceive to imagine, or something close to it? Philosophical Studies, doi: 10.1007/s11098-017-0891-8.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D., and Froese, T. (2017). Where there is life there is mind. Entropy 19(169), 1-18.
  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2016). Autopoiesis, free energy, and the life-mind continuity thesis. Synthese, doi: 10.1007/s11229-016-1100-6