Mind and Reason

Philosophy of Mind is a significant research strength for the department. A large group of staff work in this area, comparing favourably with most other UK departments. This group is interested in a range of issues concerning the proper characterisation of phenomenological states such as perception, imagination, episodic memory, the emotions and self-consciousness.

This group also has interests in the classification of mental phenomena - such as the senses - and areas of psychology and psychiatry. Some of their interests derive from historical figures such as Locke, Berkeley, Kant, Husserl, Moore, Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty; others have a more contemporary focus. All are enriched by the interaction between these two approaches, which is one of the distinctive features of York. There is also work that draws from more straightforwardly metaphysical issues such as the nature of colour or causation.

The journal Mind & Language now has its home at York where it is edited by Greg Currie. Several members of staff are involved in the SPIN network, researching issues in sense perception. Within the Department we organise regular reading groups and other activities.

A number of our staff contribute to this research, and are interested in supervising PhD work in this area. Click the links to learn more about their work:

  • Keith Allen: colour, the philosophy of perception
  • Greg Currie: imagination and its place in the architecture of mind, philosophy of literature.
  • Dorothea Debus: memory, imagination, attention, perception and the emotions.
  • Mary Leng: philosophy of mathematics and science, metaphysics
  • Paul Noordhof: consciousness, representation, imagination, self-deception and belief, and mental causation.
  • Tom Stoneham: the phenomenal characters of perceiving and pseudo-perceiving (e.g. dreaming and imagining), self-knowledge and temporal externalism.
  • Matthew Ratcliffe: phenomenology and philosophy of psychiatry
  • Louise Richardson: the philosophy of perception, and the senses.
  • Rob Trueman: philosophical logic, metaphysics and the philosophy of mathematics