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Professor Matthew Soteriou

Chair in Philosophy of MindProf Matthew Soteriou

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2870
Address Room 604, Philosophy Building
King's College London
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Matthew Soteriou received his BA in Philosophy from King’s College London, and his MPhil and PhD in Philosophy from University College London. Before joining King’s he taught at the University of Warwick and Magdalen College, Oxford. From 2011-2016 he was Editor of the Aristotelian Society.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Epistemology

Matthew Soteriou’s research interests in the philosophy of mind are in the philosophy of perception, temporal phenomenology, the philosophy of action and mental action, consciousness and the ontology of mind. Another focus of his research has been the epistemology of mental action and its relevance to our understanding of the epistemology of mind in general. In The Mind’s Construction (2013, OUP), he argues that the right account of the epistemology of mental action has a crucial role to play in an account of how we know what we are doing when we are consciously thinking, and he connects this with differences between dreaming and wakeful states of consciousness. In The Mind’s Construction, he also explores some of the ways in which the ethics of belief may be affected once various ontological and agential considerations regarding the activity of conscious thinking are properly accommodated. Further research interests in epistemology include the epistemological role of perception and memory.

Matthew welcomes enquiries from prospective research students, seeking supervision in areas of study relating to his research interests.

Selected publications
  • The Disjunctive Theory of Perception (2016). Routledge
  • The Mind’s Construction: the Ontology of Mind and Mental Action (2013). Oxford University Press
  • ‘The Perception of Absence, Space, and Time’ (2011) in Perception, Causation and Objectivity, Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. (J. Roessler and N. Eilan, and H. Lerman eds.). Oxford University Press
  • ‘Perceiving Events’, Philosophical Explorations (2010) 13 (3): 223-241
  • ‘Cartesian Reflections on the Autonomy of the Mental’ (2010) in New Waves in Philosophy of Action, (J. Aguilar, A. Buckareff, and K. Frankish (eds.), Basingstoke: Macmillan

Prof Soteriou teaches modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Philosophy of Mind.

Expertise and public engagement


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