I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Institut Jean-Nicod in the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, working under the supervision of Elisabeth Pacherie on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I was previously (2019–2020) a postdoc at the University of Fribourg and in the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, as a member of Thumos, the genevan research group on emotions, values and norms, of which I remain an affiliate member.
I completed my PhD in philosophy at University College London in December 2018. My dissertation was supervised by M. G. F. Martin and Ulrike Heuer. Before that I also did the MPhil Stud at UCL and an MA, also in philosophy, at King’s College London, the latter being my formal entry into the subject after a BA in fine arts at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
My main research interests are in the philosophy of mind and action, moral psychology, and the philosophy of psychology. Most broadly, I am interested in how we understand ourselves and other people. More specifically, my research engages with such issues as the role of norms and values in explaining and understanding actions, emotions and beliefs; the nature and phenomenology of motivating mental states such as love and desire; the character and development of ordinary psychological understanding (‘theory of mind’, ‘mindreading’, or ‘folk’ or ‘commonsense’ psychology). Increasingly I am interested in thinking about the limitations of a strictly ‘propositional attitude’ or belief–desire picture of psychology, both as a model of how the human works and, especially, as an account of how we actually understand one another.