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.

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After the colloquium @CUNY_Philosophy Devitt Kripke Papineau Mallozzi Padro Birman

Field, Devitt and Kripke at the reception after the colloquium @CUNY_Philosophy

You Spurs! (Saul Kripke is speaking now in our colloqium, but I must confess my concentration wavered from him for a moment.)

Romina Padro and Saul Kripke doing a double act in the CUNY colloquium today.

⁦@amandakbryant⁩ is the first commentator on Chakravartty’s book Scientific Ontology at the Pacific APA meeting ⁦@apaphilosophy⁩

An invitation for any of you who are around in London on May 16th: it would be fabulous to see you --

Part 2 of my interview with Bas van Fraassen is online 😊

WHAT's the point of these closers who can't pitch strikes? Killed us last season. #Mets

I signed up for HBO Now largely to see what's happening with Sam Tarly, everyone's favorite grad student. Has he passed his quals? Switched advisers? Is he at least grateful that no-one from þ-combinator is trying to count how many lines of manuscript he's been responsible for?

"Work is an expression of our need to be needed" -Jeff Noonan on automation and existential crises in the philosophy series I'm editing @NewStatesman

[Note: This is for all my workaholic friends out there!]

#Philosophy #Automation #Labor #Meaning


Colloquium, April 17th — @CUNY_Philosophy Logic Panel:
Romina Padro, “The Adoption Problem in Logic”; Saul Kripke,
“The Adoption Problem and the Quinean Conception of Logic”;
Michael Devitt, “The Adoption Problem: A Quinean Picture”


When ⁦@PeterBeinart⁩ and I met to speak about fascism at the Center for Jewish History, Peter asked me, “if fascism threatens, what’s the current correlate of anti-Semitism?” I responded with “Islamophobia”, and gave a point by point comparison. https://t.co/pVcpMuRpQ1

I wrote a post about why I think polarization is going to make misrepresentation of the outgroup more common. I wish people stopped doing that, but for the reasons I explain in that post, I don't think it's going to happen. https://t.co/EybTlnT5bo

My pitiful story. Maybe I'm sort of the only person who feels exactly like this? I don't really know. Profs, writers, artists: how should we think about our work and our purpose? @JohnKaag @Skye_Cleary @BrianLeiter @DailyNousEditor @philosophybites https://t.co/XhJNCCsMKb

Roger Scruton has been a serious philosopher. But shameful to say "Islamophobia" invention of Muslim Brotherhood, Can't help but imply anti-Muslim prejudice of no concern, (Imagine saying "anti-semitism" is an idea some group invented to deflect criticism of their activities.)

Non-cricket-fans won’t be able to understand how happy this makes me

On May 2 I'm at the Sydney Writers' Festival talking about selves and the ways we construct them with
@LeeKofman and @bkjabour. You can get your tickets here, trust me your true self will enjoy it, yours sincerely, my digital self https://t.co/8WInOpfOlF

It’s Sunday, let’s learn some fun stuff. Here are 10 things you should know about ravens: