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.
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.