My primary research
interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology,
and cognitive science.
I have worked especially on theories of consciousness, knowledge of our own propositional attitudes, the role of natural
language in human cognition, and modularity of mind. But I have also published on such issues as:
the mentality of animals; the
nature and status of our folk psychology; nativism (innateness); human
creativity; theories of
intentional content; and defence of a notion of narrow content for psychological
Before coming to
the University of Maryland I was at the University of
Sheffield (UK), where I founded and directed the Hang Seng Centre
for Cognitive Studies, resulting in a number of edited volumes of interdisciplinary essays.
In a previous incarnation
I trained as a Wittgensteinian (at the University of Leeds), got my DPhil from
Oxford (working with Michael Dummett), and published a couple of monographs on
Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. I have also
published books on epistemology, and on ethics, and continue to have interests
in these areas.
I am a member of the organizing committee for the University of Maryland
Cognitive Science Colloquium.
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