In Memoriam

  • Portrait
  • Brian Loar


Brian Loar taught at Rutgers from 1994 until his retirement in 2007. Loar wrote about the nature of meaning and of consciousness. His major contributions in the philosophy of mind include his groundbreaking solution to the mind-body problem in “Phenomenal States” which originated a research program called the ‘phenomenal concept strategy’, and his idea that the concept of reference is an essentially first person concept and that there is a kind of intentionality (subjective, or phenomenal intentionality) in addition to referential intentionality, themes taken up by various philosophers in the ‘phenomenal intentionality research program’. In addition to philosophy, Brian was passionate about art, music, and architecture.