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Bill Brewer

Professor Bill Brewer

Photograph of Professor Bill BrewerSusan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2118
Email bill.brewer@kcl.ac.uk  
Address Room 802, Philosophy Building
King's College London
Strand
London WC2R 2LS


Biography

Professor Bill Brewer read Maths and Philosophy at Oxford, where he also received the B. Phil and the D. Phil in Philosophy, working with P. F. Strawson, David Pears, Jennifer Hornsby, and John Campbell. He was a Senior Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford, a Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge, a Tutorial Fellow and University Lecturer at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and, most recently, a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Warwick. He has also held visiting positions at Brown, Hamburg, and UC Berkeley.

He joined King's College, London, in September 2012 as the Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy.
Research interests and PhD supervision

·         Philosophy of Mind

·         Metaphysics

·         Epistemology

My research interests are in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology. A recent major project concerns the intersection of these areas in the philosophy of perception. In particular: which account of the nature of conscious perceptual experience is most conducive to the defence of empirical realism? A book length treatment, Perception and Its Objectswas recently published by OUP. I continue to work on the metaphysics of perception. A second major project concerns the parts and persistence of macroscopic material objects. In particular, I am interested in arguing for a robust endurantism from the fact that such objects are the mind-independent direct objects of our perception.

I would be happy to supervise PhD students in any area of Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, or Epistemology, especially those whose work may intersect with these projects.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Perception and Reason (OUP, 1999)
  • Perception and Its Objects (OUP, 2011)
Teaching
I currently teach undergraduate and MA modules in Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics. I supervise M. PhilStud and PhD students in Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, and Epistemology.
Expertise and public engagement

I am happy to talk to media about Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, and Epistemology.

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