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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‘What you think is the point is not the point at all but only the beginning of the sharpness.’

The Philosophers' Book Club meets this Tuesday, to discuss Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman with @caitdoherty, @PaulEamonnFagan & @davidpapineau: http://bit.ly/37UEipq


Oy @Evolutionistrue! I explicitly say in my book that I'm agnostic about free will. Read more carefully! You'll be hearing from my lawyer.... 😉 https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2020/02/21/panpsychism-a-big-bag-of-nothing/

When I'm in New York, I often think of Ray Nance's 'highly animated" version of "Take the A Train". Not sure which I enjoy more: "Floorshow"'s antics, or Ellington's obvious lack of enthusiasm for them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brYoGuROqzQ

Charles Mills delivers the 2020 Lecture on Human Values at the University of Michigan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78wzAfQu9Mw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3MTXO7H8gGNVOSEGzP33mVEPMxZPtNpk5VcyvC_e4QmmdCMRTbZPWAVts

A new biography of Frank Ramsey, by @MisakCheryl: https://hnn.us/article/174250

I wrote a little blog post about Ramsey years ago. He was a remarkable character.

Looking forward to debating law, sports and philosophy with Mitch Berman at Albright College PA tonight https://news.albright.edu/events/exploring-law-and-philosophy-of-sports/

@ucu @USSEmployers @UCEA1 @DrJoGrady @UcuLeft @drmcarley I'll be posting a list of recommended candidates tomorrow (Monday) morning.

As I understand it, panpsychism is driven by a concern to reconcile (a) the modern scientific datum that there are no sui generis nervous forces in the brain with (b) the view that physical science "leaves out" consciousness. So not true it doesn't care about data . . . 1/2

I'm curious Jim. Let's go back to the beginning. Why do you think Special Relativity is a better theory than one with absolute space and universal forces that make rods shrink and clocks slow down etc?

Big business in filthy valentines #ValentinesDay 1869

A fine obituary of Harold Strachan (1925-2020) in The Times today. A very brave man who always knew right from wrong and so was sidelined by history. But what a life.

Any philosophy PhD students interested in paid Graduate Teaching Assistantships at King's College London can apply here: https://kingsphilosophy.com/2020/02/14/gta-applications-call-for-2020-2021/