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
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 President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science from 1993 to 1995 and Editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science from 1993 to 1998. In 1999-2000 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow and in 2007 a Mind Fellow. He will be President of the Mind Association for 2009-10.
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.
Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets
Oxford University Press 2012
Also available in paperback – ISBN: 978-0-19-965173-3
The Roots of Reason: Philosophical Essays on Rationality, Evolution and Probability
Oxford University Press 2003
Also available in paperback - ISBN: 978-0-19-928871-7
Thinking about Consciousness
Oxford University Press, 2002
280 pages / ISBN: 978-0-19-924382-2
Also available in paperback - ISBN: 978-019927115-3
Introducing Consciousness, Icon Books 2000
Philosophical Naturalism, Basil Blackwell 1993
You can read this book online here
Reality and Representation, Basil Blackwell 1987
Theory and Meaning, Oxford University Press 1979
For Science in the Social Sciences, Macmillan 1978
Books (edited volumes)
Essays on Teleosemantics, Edited with Introduction (with Graham Macdonald), Oxford University Press 2006
Philosophy, Edited with Introduction, Duncan Baird, 2004
The Philosophy of Science, Edited with Introduction, Oxford University Press, 1996
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Professor Papineau currently teaches on the following courses:
Professor Papineau also supervises BA and MA dissertations, and a number of MPhilSt and PhD research students.
Expertise and public engagement
Professor Papineau supervises a number of MPhilSt and PhD research students; full details of which you can see by consulting his research gateway profile.
He welcomes enquiries from prospective students seeking supervision in areas connected to his research interests.
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