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About Me

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.

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New Papers

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.

Learning from Fiction

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

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Latest Posts from my Blog

  • Fiction as evidence

    Because of a debate about books with few (in this case no) female characters, we were reminded last week that Lord of the Flies has shaped the view of power enjoyed by several generations of...

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Research

I am completing a book on the cognitive value of literature called Fiction and Cognition; it should be ready by Christmas 2017. I have also recently written a number of papers.

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Talks

In 2017 I am giving a number of public lectures, colloquium talks, conference and workshop papers.

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Books

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

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