Dr Maja Spener B.A. M.Phil PhD

Department of Philosophy
Lecturer in Philosophy

Contact details

Address
ERI Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

My work focusses on issues at the intersection of philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of science, and epistemology. I have special interests and current research projects on introspective methods, the history of experimental psychology, introspective knowledge, psychological kinds, and the nature of perception.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Philosophy (King's College London, 2003)
  • M.Phil in Philosophy (King's College London, 1997)
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (Oxford, 1995)

Biography

Before coming to Birmingham, I was a Jacobsen Research Fellow at the University College London, a Junior Research Fellow at St Catherine's College, Oxford, a temporary lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a post-doc at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Teaching

  • The Mind-Body Problem (second-year UG)
  • Science and Nature (second-year UG)
  • Minds, Brains, and Computers (third-year UG)

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise postgraduate work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, and a range of areas in philosophy of science and epistemology.


Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

Research interests

My work focusses on issues at the intersection of philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of science, and epistemology, specifically in relation to introspection, consciousness, and perception, and often in combination with questions about method in science and philosophy.

Current projects

I am interested in the understanding the scope and limitations for using subjects’ introspective access to their experiences in theorizing about the conscious mind. I am currently writing a monograph on introspective methods in scientific psychology and in philosophy. Other interests and projects concern the history of experimental psychology (in particular the early German experimentalist tradition), the nature of introspective knowledge, psychological kinds and natural kinds more generally, and the nature of perceptual experience.

Expertise

  • Introspection (self-knowledge), consciousness and perception
  • History of psychology