Dr Henry Taylor

Dr Henry Taylor

Department of Philosophy
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Metaphysics.

Feedback and office hours

  • Monday 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 11:00


  • BA (hons) (Durham)
  • MPhil (Cambridge)
  • PhD (Durham)


Before coming to Birmingham, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where I worked with Professor Tim Crane.

Before that, my PhD was under the supervision of Professor E. J. Lowe, Dr Peter Vickers and Dr Sophie Gibb at the University of Durham.


In the academic year 2018-19, I will be teaching the Metaphysics MA, Philosophy of Language MA, Key Readings (1st year undergraduate) and Philosophy of Biology (3rd year undergraduate) courses.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from anyone working in any area of metaphysics, philosophy of mind, or philosophy of cognitive science.

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


I am interested in the intersection of philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Currently, I work on colour, and in bringing insights from both the metaphysics of properties, and from empirical work on colour together to develop a robust view of the nature of colour.

Previously, I have worked on the metaphysics of properties, as well as the relevance of work on properties to questions concerning consciousness.

My PhD was on the nature of attention. I am particularly concerned with whether attention is one unified faculty of the mind, or in fact that ‘attention’ is just an umbrella term for a range of different psychological capacities.

I am also interested in pretty much any topic in philosophy of mind/psychology and metaphysics.

Other activities


My webpage (with many of my articles) is here: https://henrytaylorphilosophy.wordpress.com/papers/

Journal articles

  • (forthcoming) Whales, fish and Alaskan bears: interest relative taxonomy and kind pluralism in biology. Synthese.
  • (2019) Fuzziness in the mind: can perception be unconscious? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
  • (2019) Letters lost: appearance in crowded peripheral vision reveals a new kind of masking. Psychological Science. Co-authored with Bilge Sayim.
  • (2019) Modal combinatorialism is consistent with S5. Thought.
  • (2018) Is Panpsychism Simple? Analysis.
  • (2018) Emotions, concepts and the indeterminacy of natural kinds. Synthese.
  • (2018) Attention, psychology and pluralism. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
  • (2018) Crowding, attention and consciousness: in support of the inference hypothesis. Mind and Language. Co-authored with Bilge Sayim.
  • (2017) Powerful qualities, phenomenal concepts and the new challenge to physicalism. The Australasian Journal of Philosophy. DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2017.1321678
  • (2017) Powerful qualities and pure powers. Philosophical Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s11098-017-0918-1
  • (2017) Conceptual fragmentation and the rise of eliminativism. European Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 7:17-40. Co-authored with Peter Vickers.
  • (2016) Powerful qualities, the conceivability argument and the nature of the physical. Philosophical Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s11098-016-0774-4.
  • (2015) Against unifying accounts of attention. Erkenntnis. 80 (1): 39-56.
  • (2013) Is the grain of vision finer than the grain of attention? Response to Block.  Thought: a Journal of Philosophy. 2 (1): 20-28.
  • (2013) Physicalism and phenomenal concepts: bringing ontology and philosophy of mind together. Philosophia. 41: 1283-1897.
  • (2013) Is attention necessary and sufficient for phenomenal consciousness? Journal of Consciousness Studies. 20: 173-194

Paper in edited collection

  • (2018) A powerful new anomalous monism. To appear in Guta, M. (ed). Ontology and Consciousness. (Routledge).

Book reviews

  • (2018) Consciousness and Meaning by Brian Loar. Philosophy.
  • (2018) From the Knowledge Argument to Mental Substance: Resurrecting the Mind. by Howard Robinson. Times Literary Supplement.
  • (2015) Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness by David Bennett and Christopher Hill (eds.) Analysis. 76: 108-111.
  • (2013) After Physicalism by Benedikt Paul Göcke (ed.).  Mind. 123 (490): 601-604.

View all publications in research portal


  • Brain damage, senses and vision impairment
  • Nature of attention (paying attention to something)