My research has spanned several areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, I have written and am writing on the identity conditions for events, properties, and for physical objects that persist and change through time. In the theory of knowledge, I have written and am writing on the underdetermination of theories by data. In the philosophy of language, I have written and am writing on the nature of truth and its importance. In ethical theory, I have written on technical issues concerning how ethical judgements fit together (the ‘Frege-Geach problem’). In the philosophy of mind, I have written on the nature of colour. I am also interested in early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.
Philosophy of mind, especially perception; ethical theory, especially expressivism; metaphysics, especially the nature of events and causation; theory of knowledge and philosophy of science, especially underdetermination, scepticism and the nature of belief; philosophy of language, especially the nature of truth; early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.
1977-8. Tutorial teaching at University of Oxford
1978-80. Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Essex
1980-2007. Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bolton
Member of Management Committee, British Society for the History of Philosophy (1999-2008), (Treasurer and Membership Secretary, 1999-2006)
Member, British Society for Ethical Theory
External Examiner, University of Birmingham, 2005-8.
I am currently working on the following papers:
which addresses the current debate about the possibility of philosophical 'zombies';
A related paper on panpsychism:
a paper on truth:
'Properties, Concepts and Empirical Identity'
which examines the connection between properties and concepts. I am also working on
'Underdetermination and Scepticism', a paper on the theory of knowledge.
Ditto, a paper on substance, ' Continuants, Essentialism and Identity'.
Ditto, a paper on ethical theory, 'Semantics for Expressivism: A Language Game Approach'
I teach PPR.305 (Logic and Language) and the Critical Thinking component of PHIL100 in the Michaelmas term. In the Lent term, I teach PPR.204 (Knowledge and Reality). Teaching interests also include: philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, ethical theory, and early modern philosophy (especially Locke and Kant). I am also the course convenor of the postgraduate module PPR.452: Doing Contemporary Philosophy.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article