Twitter @CoreyJMaley

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

University of Kansas


Corey J. Maley is an Associate Professor (starting July, 2019) at the University of Kansas. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University in the Logic and Philosophy of Science track. Before that, he worked at a cognitive neuroscience lab at Washington University in St. Louis. As an undergraduate, he quadruple-majored in computer science, mathematics, philosophy, and psychology, earning both a B.S. and a B.A. at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Corey has two areas of research interest. First, he works to understand the nature of computation and its place in the scientific explanation of the mind and brain. While computational simulation is ubiquitous in science, only a few things—computers, minds, and brains—are explained via their ability to literally perform computations. What does that mean?


Second, Corey works on the nature of emotions, particularly guilt and shame. It is surprisingly difficult to understand what makes something an emotion, rather than some other affective state, such as a feeling. Guilt and shame are particularly useful test cases for philosophical accounts of emotion, both because of their close connection to morality and their seemingly close connection to one another.