I teach Philosophy at the University of York. I am Director of Research and teach and research on the arts and cognition. I also work on fiction, narrative, the emotions, irony, and cognitive archaeology.
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.
I have been awarded a research grant of £340,000 by the Leverhulme Foundation to work on "Learning from Fiction: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives". It will run 2018-2021 and we will be appointing to two doctoral positions and a post-doc. Co-Investigators on the project are Heather Ferguson (Psychology, Kent) and Stacie Friend (Philosophy, Birkbeck).