I was educated at the LSE and at the University of California, Berkeley. I teach Philosophy at the University of York and my Erdős number is 6. I teach and research on the arts and cognition. I am executive editor of Mind & Language. I am a fellow of the British Academy, and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
With Xuanqi Zhu I recently published "Aesthetic sense and social cognition: a story from the Early Stone Age", in Synthese.
My paper "Pictures and their surfaces" is now out in a volume of essays on the aesthetics of painting edited by Jerome Peletier and Alberto Voltolini, The Pleasure of Pictures, Routledge. See a copy of this here.
My current main project is a book, Signs of Agency, under contract with Oxford University Press. I am completing an essay, "The agency in art", for a volume of essays in honour of Kendal Walton. With Jon Robson (University of Nottingham) I am writing an article for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on the arts and cognition.
All my talks for 2020 have been cancelled or delayed by covid-19. As things are rescheduled information will go on this page.
I have published books dealing with fiction, film, imagination, narrative and the arts. My most recent book is Imagining and Knowing: The Shape of Fiction, published by Oxford University Press.