Jonathan Lang, PhD

CSC Manager and Researcher


Jonathan Lang managed the Center for Sleep and Consciousness (CSC) from 2014-2023, where he worked with Prof Giulio Tononi on the integrated information theory of consciousness. He is currently Administrative Director of UW-Madison’s McPherson Eye Research Institute, as well as an honorary scholar at the CSC and an External Research Fellow at Florida Atlantic University’s Center for the Future Mind. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy from UW-Madison, where he specialized in Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science and Ethics. His research is currently focused on issues at the intersection of consciousness science, philosophy of science and AI ethics. He is also the co-founder of Philosophy TV, a vlog featuring discussions between philosophers on a variety of issues in philosophy of science and ethics.

Research Interests: AI Ethics, Consciousness and Moral Status, Cognition, Philosophy of Science, Causation

Selected Publications

Albantakis L, Barbosa LS, Findlay G, Grasso M, Haun AM, Marshall W, Mayner WGP, Zaeemzadeh A, Boly M, Juel BE, Sasai S, Fujii K, David I, Hendren J, Lang JP, Tononi G (2023) Integrated information theory (IIT) 4.0: Formulating the properties of phenomenal existence in physical terms. PLoS Computational Biology, 19(10):e1011465. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1011465. PMID: 37847724

Grasso* M, Albantakis* L, Lang JP, Tononi G (2021) Causal reductionism and causal structures. Nature Neuroscience, 24: 1348-1355. doi: 10.1038/s41593-021-00911-8

Ellia F, Hendren J, Grasso M, Kozma C, Mindt G, Lang JP, Haun A, Albantakis L, Boly M and Tononi G (2021) Consciousness is a structure, not a function. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 2021(2). doi: 10.1093/nc/niab032

Lang JP, Haun AH (forthcoming) Mind and Foundation. In Heter J and Simpson JT (eds.) Foundation and Philosophy, Carus books.