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. I have started a new one: Aesthetics: A Naturalistic Theory. I have been Head of Department at York, Nottingham, Flinders and Otago, and Faculty Dean at Nottingham. I am executive editor of Mind & Language.
For a paper on aesthetics and explanation in archaeology see here; for a paper on fiction and empathy see here; for a paper on cinema and visual attention to fictional characters, see here; For a paper on fictions and scientific models see here; for a paper on getting beliefs from fiction (with Anna Ichino) see here.
Our Leverhulme-funded project on "learning from fiction" starts in September 2018. Go to the Research page for more detail.