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David Papineau

Papineau, Professor David

David Papineau updatedProfessor of Philosophy of Science

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2594
Address Room 501, Philosophy Building
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS

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I did a BSc in mathematics at the University of Natal, followed by a BA and PhD in philosophy at Cambridge. After academic posts at the Reading, Macquarie, Birkbeck, and Cambridge, I joined King's College London in 1990. Since 2015 I’ve spent half each year at the Graduate Center of CUNY in New York. I was President of the Mind Association in 2009 and the Aristotelian Society in 2014.

I have written widely on epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of science and mind. My books include For Science in the Social Sciences (1979), Theory and Meaning (1990), Reality and Representation (1987), Philosophical Naturalism (1992), Thinking about Consciousness (2002), Philosophical Devices (2012), and Knowing the Score (2017).

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Sport
  • Science
  • Mind
  • Metaphysics

I have supervised over 50 PhD students in many areas of philosophy

Selected publications
  • Reality and Representation (1987)
  • Philosophical Naturalism (1992)
  • Thinking about Consciousness (2002)
  • Philosophical Devices (2012)
  • Knowing the Score (2017)

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Science

Expertise and public engagement

My Knowing the Score on sport and philosophy was published last year in 2017. It generated a lot of coverage and media involvement, as listed here:

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