About Me

I teach Philosophy at the University of York, where I am Head of Department and work on the arts and cognition. I write on fiction, narrative, the emotions, irony, and cognitive archaeology.

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David Armstrong

The Daily Telegraph published my obituary of David Artmstrong on July 10 2014. They changed it quite a lot. I am not complaining but I prefer the original, which is here.

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.


My Blog

  • More money than sense?

    According to the BBC “Thomas Thwaites spent six days being a goat last year as part of a research project”. Correction: he spent six days (and, apparently, some of the Wellcome Trust’s money)...

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I'm writing a book on literature and knowledge.

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In 2015 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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