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About Me

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.

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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.

PhD opportunities at York and Birkbeck

We will soon formally advertise two doctoral positions, with three years of funding at AHRC rates (fees and maintenance) for work on the project "Learning from fiction". The project involves philosophers and psychologists and is funded by the Leverhulme Foundation.


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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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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In 2017 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, the arts. My most recent book is Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories, published by the OUP.

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