In 2016-17 I taught an undergraduate module for third years: Philosophy of Film. We discuss questions in the metaphysics, aesthetics and ethics of film: How does film represent? What is film style? How does film misrepresent?
I have taught philosophy of mind modules as well as modules on Darwinism and religion and on recent philosophy of language. A long time ago I taught logic and history and philosophy of science.
I sometimes teach master’s level courses on the philosophy of art, covering central issues in aesthetics such as the nature of aesthetic properties, values in art, and the debate over aesthetic objectivity. A follow-on course has focused on the relations between art and cognition, covering such topics as the evolution of aesthetic sensibility and the way that the mind is represented in literature and in psychology. I have also taught research methods at Masters level.
I currently supervise five doctoral students. Jamie Cawthra, who won the British Society of Aesthetics Prize scholarship in 2015, is working on the aesthetic consequences of imaginative resistance; Celia Coll is writing on an Aristotelian approach to taste; Xuanqi Xhu is writing on the evolution of aesthetic sensibilities. Maria Forsberg (currently in a lectureship at Uppsala) is writing on, among other things, authenticity in art, David Austin is writing on the nature of assertion. Laszlo Kajtar, Central European University, spent a semester with me recently and Constant Bonard (University of Geneva) is doing the same in 2018. In May-June 2018 Daniela Glavanicova is visiting from Comenius University, Bratislava. I'm always happy to welcome doctoral students who want to work with me for part of their studies.
Past doctoral students include Catharine Abell (now Reader, University of Manchester), James Andow (UEA), Tom Cochrane (Flinders), Anna Ichino, (Bar Ilan, moving to University of Milan in 2018), Nick Jones (York), Jon Jureidini (Research Leader - Robinson Research Institute, Adelaide Medical School) Fenja Ziegler (Lincoln), Daniel Acquah (Early Intervention Foundation), Francesco Gentile (McGill). Fenja and Daniel were joint with Psychology.
I'm delighted to report that Andrew Haggerstone's doctoral thesis on Language, Fantasy and Story-Telling: How Humans Became Creative has just been passed without corrections.