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Dr Patrick Butlin studied philosophy, mathematics and neuroscience at the University of Oxford and the University of Sheffield, before doing a PhD in philosophy at King’s. He has previously taught at Hertford College, Oxford, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Ethics

Dr Butlin’s research is on desire and representation in philosophy of mind. He is interested in using psychology and neuroscience to learn about desire and other sources of motivation in humans and animals, and in thinking about desire in possible artificial agents. In the area of representation, his research focus is on direction of fit, and on teleosemantics and related theories.


Dr Butlin teaches philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, ethics and logic.