About Me

I am a fellow of the British Academy, and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. I teach Philosophy at the University of York and my Erdős number is 6. I teach and research on the arts and cognition. I have finished (perhaps nearly finished) a book on fiction and knowledge, and started a new one: Aesthetics: A Naturalistic Theory. I am executive editor of Mind & Language.

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New Papers

My most recent paper, Pictures and their surfaces is now out in a volume of essays on the aesthetics of painting. See a copy of this here here.

Learning from Fiction

Our Leverhulme-funded project on "learning from fiction" started in September 2018. Go to the Research page for more detail.

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Stefan Banach and Otton Nikodym discuss the Lebesgue integral, Planty Gardens, Kraków, 1916


My current big research project is a book, Signs of Agency, under contract with Oxford University Press. My book Imagining and Knowing: the Cognitive Power of Fiction, will appear with Oxford University Press shortly.

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I regularly speak at academic and public events. In 2019 I am giving a number of public lectures, colloquium talks, conference and workshop papers.

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I have published books dealing with fiction, film, imagination, and the arts. My most recent book is Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories, published by Oxford University Press.

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