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

Easy. BLUEBOTTLE, aka Portugese Man o' War. Nasty sting that can wrap around you. Bane of swimmers in southern hemisphere. No redeeming virtues. No eyes, no limbs, no brain. Just floats around stinging things. When I'm in charge, it'll be first to go.

South Africa v Wales cracking game. Boks playing as normal. Give the other side a good start, then bring on your good players to catch up.

Fine short piece by @JoWolffBSG about immigration, assimilation and being Jewish https://writersmosaic.org.uk/content/on-assimilation-jonathan-wolff/

Craig Callender fielding questions after the final talk today at the Physics, Time and Agency conference in Dublin. He argued for humanising the Humean best systems account of laws. (That's the ideal observer on his slide.)

Huw Price is in Bonn, bur Alison Fernandes, our chair, and the rest of us, are in lovely Dublin, for the first session of our conference on Physics, Time and Agency, today and tomorrow

"There is no place for revelry in a war zone, but it’s very important to enjoy the simple pleasures in life" -me reporting from Kyiv on how civilians are managing in a war-torn country @TorontoStar

#Ukraine #Kyiv #War #Life


If you're in Dublin next week and are interested in any or all of Physics, Time and Agency, you should come to this:
If my experience of time conferences is reliable, many intelligent people are likely to say wacky things

Something of a Velasquez still life of the fish I caught this evening now in the fridge

Rail strike. Crisis, what crisis? But Stanford Encylopedia seems to be down. Disaster. Philosophical production across the world grinds to a halt.

Learning to utter an informed next word, as a result of past exposure to human discourse, clearly isn’t the whole of our intelligence, but it strikes me as a very big part of it.

My days are divided in two: when I try to think; when I try not to think.

Blast from the past spotted at Heathrow. (Might have helped today. 90 mins late taking off for Pisa. Plane full of cross men in Panama hats.)

@davidpapineau I should've remembered that, I love that talk!

One way or another, I suspect we will create sentient AI many years before we accept that we have done so.

"I AM ALWAYS disappointed when a book lacks a preface: it is like arriving at someone's house for dinner, and being conducted straight into the dining room." Dummett, 1973.

I am getting ready for my second Jean Nicod lecture. A couple of slides are combined into a collage here, to give the themes of lecture 1 (and, top right, an outline of the whole series).
Always a great intellectual atmosphere at the @InstitutNicod.

So why has a Pret sprung up on every block in New York in the last ten years? (Answer: because New Yorkers want what they sell—proper English sandwiches—but can't get them from their native shops.)

I've begun reading: "What Exactly is the Explanatory Gap?", by @davidpapineau. https://philpapers.org/rec/PAPWEI