Four new appointments in the Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce four new appointments for the 2017/18 academic year: two new professors, Hanna Pickard and Ian Phillips, and two Birmingham Research Fellows, Henry Taylor and Matthew Parrott.

Hanna Pickard has been at Birmingham since January 2015 and has been promoted to Professor. She specialises in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry and clinical ethics, exploring philosophical questions that arise from clinical practice. She is currently working on the Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Responsibility without blame’, and on understanding the nature of addiction.

Professor Ian Phillips will join Birmingham from the University of Oxford. His work focuses on topics at the intersection of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. His major current projects investigate temporal experience, the nature and limits of perceptual consciousness, and the metaphysics of perception and its objects.

Dr Henry Taylor joins from the University of Cambridge where he was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. He works in the philosophy of mind, broadly construed, including the relevance of both cognitive science and metaphysics to questions concerning the mind. His current project focuses on the metaphysics of consciousness.

Formerly at King’s College London, Dr Matthew Parrott’s research interests are primarily in philosophy of mind, cognitive science and psychiatry. His current projects explore delusional cognition, the nature of self-knowledge and our knowledge of others' minds, and the subjective character of conscious experience.

These appointments build on the department’s existing strengths in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, where it has an exciting and internationally recognised group of philosophers working in this field.