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

My kind of place. Oasi del Riccio, Torre Canne, Puglia. Busy crowd for fresh seafood. Platters of sea urchins and more.

@davidpapineau on @danieldennett: Competence without comprehension https://t.co/x2zDk0CyEw (Jaynes is mentioned as an influence on Dennett). Worth reading. #Mind #consciousness

Be warned. If you want to pick up a hired car from SicilybyCar @AutoEuropaSBC at Brindisi Airport on a Saturday you will join a queue over two hours long. (And @AutoEurope_IT advise there is no refund if you bale out.)

Seminar on Truth taught by Professors Field, Kripke, and Priest, happening this semester.

Bram Vaassen's PhD defence this morning (with supervisor Pär Sundström in the background). Sören Häggqvist and Anna-Sofia Maurin on his committee ask questions. Sören tells Bram formally he has passed. As his "opponent" I can say it was a terrific piece of work.

I like Umea. (Here in northern Sweden to “oppose” Bram Vaassen’s PhD on interventionist causation and dualism.)

Stockholm Arlanda airport has Eduroam. Love it.

Therese May’s dorkiness is unrelenting. What kind of person knights Geoffrey Boycott ahead of David Gower?

Why did the CIA miss the 9/11 plot? Did they miss obvious warning signs? In Rebel Ideas, I argue that the problem was more subtle. When highly intelligent people with homogeneous backgrounds/perspectives come together in a group, they are liable to become collectively blind https://t.co/DO8j3UKKwG

@Scienceofsport In terms of the philosophy of cheating, you should take a look at @davidpapineau 's book Knowing the Score.


"We can no longer afford to reduce nature to a resource waiting to be used at our command" -My take on technology and the climate crisis in the Agora series I'm running @NewStatesman

#Philosophy #Technology #ClimateEmergency @GretaThunberg @AOC


A DILEMMA for @ucu members: the #USS strike ballot is a call for industrial action over either too little or too much.

(The ballot against @USSEmployers opens on Monday 9 Sept.)

The Life & Work of Frank P. Ramsey - YouTube ⁦@J_H0USTON⁩ https://t.co/wrpD0kiI6K

The most important election in our history is coming