Papineau, Professor David
Professor of Philosophy of Science
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2351
Address Room 509, Philosophy Building
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS
Personal website: www.davidpapineau.co.uk
Research interests and PhD supervision
David Papineau was educated in Trinidad, England, and South Africa. He has a BSc in mathematics from the University of Natal and a BA in philosophy from Cambridge. He stayed at Cambridge to work on conceptual change in science under Ian Hacking, and was awarded his PhD in 1974. Since then he has lectured at Reading University, Macquarie University, Birkbeck College London, and Cambridge University. He came to King's College as Professor of Philosophy of Science in 1990.
He was elected President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for 1993-5, of the Mind Association for 2009-10, and of the Aristotelian Society for 2013-4.
Philosophy of science
Philosophy of mind and psychology
Philosophy of mathematics
Professor Papineau works on issues in metaphysics, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of mind and psychology. He has written For Science in the Social Sciences (1978), Theory and Meaning (1979), Reality and Representation (1987), Philosophical Naturalism (1993) and Introducing Consciousness (2000), and he edited Philosophy of Science (1996) and Teleosemantics (2006). His Thinking about Consciousness was published in 2002 and The Roots of Reason, a collection of essays on rationality, decision, and evolution, in 2003.
Professor Papineau welcomes enquiries from prospective students seeking supervision in areas connected to his research interests.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets
Oxford University Press 2012
Expertise and public engagement
Professor Papineau teaches courses in philosophical methodology, philosophy of mind and metaphysics, and philosophy of biology.