Dr Will Davies

Dr Will Davies

Department of Philosophy
Lecturer in Philosophy

Contact details

I am a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, working on the philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

Feedback and office hours

Autumn Term: Wednesday 10am-12pm.

Spring Term: Monday 12-1pm and 3-4pm.


  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Bristol, 2004
  • BPhil Philosophy, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 2008
  • DPhil Philosophy, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 2012


I completed my graduate studies at the University of Oxford, during which time I was a Jowett Senior Scholar at Balliol College, and then a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. After that, I had stints as a postdoc at the University of Antwerp and the University of Oxford, before taking up my current post at Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise students working in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, or philosophy of psychiatry.


I work in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, broadly speaking. I am particularly interested in the philosophy and psychology of visual perception and disorders of consciousness. Much of my work to date has focused on colour vision and the nature of perceptual constancy for colour.

I also have interests in the philosophy of psychiatry relating to the nature of mental illness, and the role of the wider social environment in explaining psychiatric disorder.

Some of my earliest work was in philosophy of language on the topic of vagueness, particularly the cognitive origins of our susceptibility to the sorites paradox.

Other activities

Tutor for admissions (postgraduate taught courses)