Teaching

I regularly teach undergraduate classes on film and on the imagination. 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 the 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. David Austin is writing on the nature of assertion; Jacopo Frascaroli is writing on literature and feeling fro truth. Xuanqi Zhu is writing on the evolution of aesthetic sensibilities. Past doctoral students include Catharine Abell (University of Oxford), James Andow (UEA), Tom Baker (Edinburgh), Tom Cochrane (Flinders), Andrew Haggerstone (founder of Kaleidoscope artist management and record company), Anna Ichino, (University of Milan), Nick Jones (York), Jon Jureidini (Research Leader - Robinson Research Institute, Adelaide Medical School) Fenja Ziegler (Lincoln), Daniel Acquah (Early Intervention Foundation), Francesco Gentile (McGill). Jamie Cawthra (York). Fenja and Daniel were joint with Psychology. Xuanqi Zhu is joint with Anthropology.