I’m a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading. This year (2016/7) I’m teaching a graduate class about self-knowledge (Autumn Term), a 2nd-year module about Philosophy of Mind (Autumn Term) and a new 1st-year module, Mental Machines, about the possibility, the promise and the perils of artificial intelligence (Summer Term).
My research is in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and epistemology. I aim to understand sensory perception in a way that’s sensitive both to philosophical problems and to the latest scientific evidence. I’m especially interested in the commonplace idea that sensory experience is a source of knowledge about, and rational action on, the world around us. I argue that, to do justice to this idea, we need to appreciate various respects in which the senses give us an indeterminate view both of the world around us and of ourselves.
I’m currently collaborating with Andrew Glennerster on a multidisciplinary AHRC Research Network project about the action-based brain, which includes philosophers, neuroscientists, and computer vision experts. Get in touch if you’d like to be involved.
My other current projects are about visual attention, perceptual knowledge and self-knowledge, consciousness and signal detection, and the neural correlates of consciousness. My further interests include sounds and hearing, spatial awareness and cognitive maps, the theory of properties, Plato and Aristotle.
I’m a member of Reading’s interdisciplinary Centre for Cognition Research, and a representative on the management committee of the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics.