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Dr Brian Garvey


Brian Garvey

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594669

Office Hours:

Brian's office hours (Michaelmas Term 2022) are Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

PhD supervision

Philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, psychoanalysis, analytic philosophy of religion, Stebbing, Ryle, Austin, Dennett


Career details

I did a B.A. in philosophy and politics, and an M.A. in philosophy, both at University College Dublin; and a PhD in philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. The topic of my PhD thesis was Freud's Psychoanalysis of Religion. From 2002 to 2004 I held a Government of Ireland Post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Then I lectured at Trinity College Dublin, until joining the department at Lancaster in 2005.

Research Interests


I have a diverse range of research interests, most of them being linked in one way or another to philosophical questions arising from psychology. I have published papers on psychoanalysis understood in the light of analytic philosophy of mind, and on the theoretical underpinnings and implications of evolutionary psychology. Regarding both psychoanalysis and evolutionary psychology, I see myself as a friendly critic. More recently, I have been working on the philosophical implications of the Situationist Thesis in social psychology. Aside from that, I have also worked in analytic philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion and philosophy of biology. I also have an interest in the history of analytic philosophy in the mid-twentieth century, in particular in the work of L. Susan Stebbing, Gilbert Ryle, and J.L. Austin. I recently edited a volume on J.L. Austin on Language, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2014 as part of their series Philosophers in Depth.

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