David Papineau

David Papineau


David Papineau was born in in Como, Italy, and went to schools in Trinidad, Lancashire and London, before spending his teenage years in Durban, South Africa. In 1968 he returned to England to study philosophy as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and completed a PhD there in 1974. He has held academic posts at Reading University, Macquarie University Sydney, Birkbeck College London, and Cambridge University. Since 1990 he has been Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London, and from 2015 he has been spending the second half of each academic year at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

His books include Reality and Representation (1987), Philosophical Naturalism (1993), Thinking about Consciousness (2002) and Philosophical Devices (2012). He was elected President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for 1993-5, of the Mind Association for 2009-10, and of the Aristotelian Society for 2013-4. He is a frequent contributor to the the popular press and other media in both England and America, covering a wide range of topics, including the philosophical dimensions of sport.

David Papineau @davidpapineau

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‘Glamorous’ isn’t usually the first adjective that springs to mind when you think ‘petrol station’.

But in 1926 the Bloomsbury Service Station opened. It was one of London’s first garages and today you can spot this wonderful artwork featuring an inspiring woman…

Memorial panel discussion for Saul Kripke in Mexico on Tuesday. For the Zoom link ask omarshall@gradcenter.cuny.edu

@Philip_Goff Weird that the standard for materialism being credible is their ability to disprove their theory

Flashback to our conversation with @davidpapineau

It includes books by @SLSingh, @pgodfreysmith and more...


Original Mash movie now on my TV feed. Boomer heaven.

Just been talking to "The Week Junior Science+Nature" @TWJSciNat on—did the chicken or the egg come first? Podcast out soon. Luckily I was able to draw on Mohan Matthen's seminal article in Nous 2009 plus @eschwitz's incisive analysis in his blogpost https://schwitzsplinters.blogspot.com/2012/02/egg-came-first.html

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Oh no RIP Wilko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4jRbiXZ6KI&ab_channel=DrFeelgood

More crookedness? That wasn't close to offside

Sad controlled experiment. Last month posted King's job advert here: 99 like/retweets. Yesterday posted another: 15 like/retweets. The control—on Facebook same adverts had 20 like/shares last time and 27 this. Seems you have to pay Elon Musk to get any attention. What a shame.

We're hiring again. Ethics this time. Lecturer. Deadline 16 January https://jobs.kcl.ac.uk/gb/en/job/058085/Lecturer-in-Ethics?fbclid=IwAR2zmZGKBUOb8HHe3_7hqhXqyti1pEX5mD7kpvYY2-skPqBQFU3L0j24xe4

Generous critical notice of my book by Angela Mendelovici that accepts some of my anti-representationalist arguments yet seeks space for an "attenuated representationalism" https://academic.oup.com/analysis/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/analys/anac094/6822510?redirectedFrom=fulltext

I don’t know much about FTX or crypto (although the description “Dunning-Krugerrands” seems about right), but SBF’s mother, Barbara Fried, has a really excellent chapter on the idea of a progressive benefits tax, in this fantastic but under-read book. 🙂


I've finally, I hope, driven a stake through the heart of Swampman. New paper soon out in Synthese shows how common selective forces constitute the super-explanatory real essence of representational systems, and so that Swampman is no real representer.

Tomorrow's new episode: my colleague Maria Rosa Antognazza from @kingsphilosophy joins me to talk about religious toleration in the 16th and 17th centuries! We even look ahead to Locke and Leibniz, for those who have been impatient to get to them...

An infinite AI-generated conversation between Herzog and Žižek, with deepfaked voices.

What gives the AI away? https://infiniteconversation.com/

Is @Interfolio down? Set aside a day to write letters and now don't seems able to send them off. Hope this isn't the start of the end times. Stamps and envelopes were the pits.

RUB (@TobiasSchlicht4 & Francois Kammerer) put together a great conference on illusionism a while back. All talks are now online here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBmHbci1FJkKJwjXBFUIAOw/videos

It‘s here! My new book on Authority and Belief in Medieval Philosophy.