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Mr J.P. (Jelle) Bruineberg MA

Faculty of Humanities
Logic and Language

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  • Oude Turfmarkt 141
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  • Oude Turfmarkt 141
    1012 GC Amsterdam
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    My name is Jelle Bruineberg, PhD candidate and lecturer in theoretical philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam. Besides this I am associate of the UvA's newly founded Institute for Advanced Studies.

    From 2014 I have been writing my dissertation, titled: "Anticipating Affordances: intentionality in self-organizing brain-body-environment systems", under the supervision of dr. Erik Rietveld, dr. Leendert van Maanen and prof. dr. Martin Stokhof as a part of Rietveld's VIDI-project ‘Landscape of Affordances: Situating the Embodied Mind’.

    I am defending my dissertation, titled on March 7th at 11:00 in the Aula of the University of Amsterdam.

    My current research interests lie on the intersection between theoretical neuroscience, embodied cognitive science, complex systems and phenomenology. 

  • Education


    • PhD. Philosophy University of Amsterdam (2014-present) To be defended on March 7th, 2018.
    • MSc. Brain and Cognitive Sciences, specialization Cognitive Science, Cum Laude, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (2011-2014)
    • M.A. Philosophy, specialization Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2011-2014)
    • B.A. Philosophy, Cum Laude, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2009-2011)
    • BSc. Physics and Astronomy, Cum Honore, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2007-2010)
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  • Publications


    • Bruineberg, J., Rietveld, E., Parr, T., van Maanen, L., & Friston, K. J. (2018). Free-energy minimization in joint agent-environment systems: A niche construction perspective. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 455, 161-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2018.07.002  [details] 
    • Bruineberg, J., Kiverstein, J., & Rietveld, E. (2018). The anticipating brain is not a scientist: the free-energy principle from an ecological-enactive perspective. Synthese, 195(6), 2417–2444. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-016-1239-1  [details] 
    • Bruineberg, J. P., Chemero, T., & Rietveld, D. W. (2018). General Ecological Information supports engagement with affordances for 'higher' cognition. Synthese. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1716-9 
    • Bruineberg, J. P. (2018). Hubert Dreyfus en Charles Taylor (vertaling door Michiel Meijer), Het realisme herwonnen, Utrecht: Uitgeverij Klement, 2017, 234 pp., € 27,99. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 234-239.
    • Sheppard, D. P., Bruineberg, J. P., Kretschmer-Trendowicz, A., & Altgassen, M. (2018). Prospective memory in autism: theory and literature review. Clinical Neuropsychologist, 32(5), 748-782. DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2018.1435823  [details] 


    • Bruineberg, J. P. (2017). Active inference and the primacy of the 'I can'. In T. Metzinger, & W. Wiese (Eds.), Philosophy and Predictive Processing Frankfurt am Main: MIND Group.


    • Bruineberg, J. P., & Froese, T. (2016). Surfing uncertainty: prediction, action and the embodied mind, by Andy Clark, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, xvii + 424 pp., £19.99 (hardback) ISBN 9780190217013. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 12(2), 215-217.



    • Bruineberg, J., & Hesp, C. (2018). Beyond blanket terms: Challenges for the explanatory value of variational (neuro-)ethology: Comment on “Answering Schrödinger's question: A free-energy formulation” by Maxwell James Désormeau Ramstead et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 24, 37-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.plrev.2017.11.015  [details] 


    • Bruineberg, J. (2017-2019). Member of the Board of Associates, Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), UvA.

    Talk / presentation

    • Bruineberg, J. (speaker) (28-6-2018). What is inside your head once you have figured out what your head is inside of, Reconceiving Cognition Conference, Antwerpen, Belgium.
    • Bruineberg, J. (speaker) (8-5-2018). Anticipating affordances: intentionality in brain-body-environment systems, Ruhr Universitat Bochum.


    • Bruineberg, J. (visiting researcher) (1-1-2017 - 31-3-2017). Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London WC1N 3BG, UK. Electronic address: (visiting an external institution).
    • Bruineberg, J. (visiting researcher) (1-9-2015 - 15-12-2015). University of Cincinnati (visiting an external institution).


    • Bruineberg, J. P. (2018). Anticipating affordances: Intentionality in self-organizing brain-body-environment systems [details] 
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