Dr Henry Taylor

Dr Henry Taylor

Department of Philosophy
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

Room 247, ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Metaphysics.

Feedback and office hours

  • Mondays 1.30-2.30pm
  • Thursdays 10-11am


  • 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


Recent publications


Taylor, J 2019, 'Fuzziness in the mind: can perception be unconscious?', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12592

Sayim, B & Taylor, J 2019, 'Letters lost: capturing appearance in crowded peripheral vision reveals a new kind of masking', Psychological Science, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 1082-1086. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797619847166

Taylor, J 2019, 'Modal combinatorialism is consistent with S5', Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 23-32. https://doi.org/10.1002/tht3.401

Taylor, J 2019, 'Powerful problems for powerful qualities', Erkenntnis. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-019-00199-y

Taylor, J 2019, 'The relation between subjects and their conscious experiences', Philosophical Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-019-01379-w

Taylor, J 2019, 'Whales, fish and Alaskan bears: interest-relative taxonomy and kind pluralism in biology', Synthese. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02284-9

Taylor, J & Sayim, B 2018, 'Crowding, attention and consciousness: In support of the inference hypothesis', Mind & Language, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 17-33. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.7724, https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12169

Taylor, J 2018, 'Emotions, concepts and the indeterminacy of natural kinds', Synthese. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-1783-y

Taylor, J 2018, 'Is panpsychism simple?', Analysis.

Taylor, J 2018, 'Powerful Qualities and Pure Powers', Philosophical Studies, vol. 175, no. 6, pp. 1423–1440. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-017-0918-1

Taylor, J 2018, 'Powerful qualities, phenomenal concepts and the new challenge to physicalism', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 96, no. 1, pp. 53-66 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2017.1321678

Taylor, J 2017, 'Attention Psychology and Pluralism', The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axx030

Taylor, J & Vickers, P 2017, 'Conceptual Fragmentation and the Rise of Eliminativism', European Journal for Philosophy of Science, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 17-40. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-016-0136-2

Taylor, J 2017, 'Powerful qualities, the conceivability argument and the nature of the physical', Philosophical Studies, vol. 174, no. 8, pp. 1895-1910. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-016-0774-4

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Taylor, J 2018, A powerful new Anomalous Monism. in M Guta (ed.), Consciousness and the Ontology of Properties. 1st edn, Routledge, New York, pp. 39-52.

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