Katalin Farkas's main area of research is the philosophy of mind. In her book, The Subject's Point of View (Oxford University Press, 2008) she defended an uncompromising internalism about the mental, and an equally uncompromising conception of the phenomenal availability of mental features. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she has great admiration for Descartes, and hopes to make a modest contribution to restoring his reputation after a century or so of bad press.
In recent years, Farkas has been working on the nature of perceptual experiences, where she hopes to combine a philosophical investigation about the phenomenal character of experiences with a study of empirical results from the psychology. Her current project is to create an empirically informed philosophical account of standing states, especially of beliefs.
Katalin Farkas was born and educated in Budapest, and after a few years of teaching at the Eotvos Lorand University, she joined CEU in the year 2000, when the Philosophy Department was founded. She was the head of the department between 2007 and 2010. She had been a Junior Fellow at the Collegium Budapest, a visitor at the University of Sydney, The Center for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen, the RSSS at the Australian National University in Canberra, and the holder of the Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Chair at the University of Stockholm. Since August 2010, she has been serving as Provost and Academic Pro-Rector of the university. In 2012, she was elected as a member of the Academia Europaea.