Patrick Butlin was a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at King’s from 2017 to 2020. Before that, he taught at Hertford College, Oxford, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp. He received his PhD from King’s in 2016, having previously studied philosophy, mathematics and neuroscience at Oxford and Sheffield.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- Philosophy of mind and action
- Philosophy of psychology and neuroscience
- Philosophy of artificial intelligence
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.
For more information, please read Dr Butlin's full research profile.
Butlin, P., Jan 2021, In: PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. 88, 1, p. 83-102 20 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1086/710030
Butlin, P., 27 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In: PACIFIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Butlin, P., 20 Sep 2018, In: SYNTHESE. 197, p. 4533-4550 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Butlin, P., Sep 2017, In: REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY. 8, 3, p. 617-635 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13164-017-0332-9
Butlin, P. & Papineau, D., 2016, Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the relationship. Oxford University Press, p. 99-115 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter