Visiting Fellows

Professorial Fellows 2015-16

Christopher Peacocke, Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Peacocke was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy in the University of Oxford, and held a Leverhulme Personal Research Professorship. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has taught at Berkeley, NYU and UCLA, and has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford.

He was President of the Mind Association in 1986-7. In 2001, he delivered the Whitehead lectures at Harvard University, and in 2003 he gave the Immanuel Kant Lectures at Stanford. His books include Sense and Content (Oxford, 1983), Thoughts: An Essay on Content (Blackwell, 1986) and A Study of Concepts (MIT, 1992). In 2010 he gave the Evans Memorial Lecture at Oxford, and the 'Context and Content' Lectures at the Jean Nicod Institute, in the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He delivered the Kohut Lectures at the University of Chicago in 2011, under the title 'Subjects, Consciousness and Self-Consciousness'. 

In Columbia, he has taught for the Core Curriculum, in Music Humanities.  In 2011-13, he served as Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  He is currently Chair of the Philosophy Department.


Chris Frith, Honorary Research Fellow

Although Chris retired from his position at the Wellcome Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL in 2007, hecontinues to develop the new discipline of neural hermeneutics. This discipline concerns the neural basis of social interaction. In October 2011 Chris was elected a two-year fellow of All-Souls where he organised a series of seminars on Meta-cognition in order to explore the critical role of this process in sharing experiences. Chris's main experimental work is currently performed in the interacting minds centre at Aarhus University. He is trying to delineate the mechanisms underlying this human ability to share representations of the world for it is this ability that makes communication possible.


Ophelia Deroy, Research Fellow

Dr Ophelia Deroy's work is in philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience. It focuses on the varieties of ways in which our senses interact and shape our conscious experience. In addition to being Associate Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Ophelia is Senior Researcher for the Centre for the Study of the Senses. CenSes is an interdisciplinary research centre, bringing together philosophers of mind and perception, experimental psychologists and neuroscientists. Ophelia is Co-investigator on the 'Rethinking the Senses' project. This £2million grant was awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their Science in Culture programme. Visit Ophelia's website.


Collaborative Visiting Fellows 2016-17

Prof Valerie Hardcastle (Cincinati)

Valerie Gray Hardcastle (PhD, Cognitive Science and Philosophy, University of California at San Diego) is Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience and Scholar-in-Residence at the Weaver Institute for the Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. The author of several books and over 150 essays, she studies the nature and structure of interdisciplinary theories in the cognitive sciences and has focused primarily on developing a philosophical framework for understanding conscious phenomena responsive to neuroscientific, psychiatric, and psychological data.  Currently, she is investigating the neuroscience of violence and its implications for both our understanding of human nature and the criminal justice system.  She is also trying to figure out whether notions of embodied cognition help or hinder theorizing about consciousness.

Prof John Sutton (Macquarie University, Sydney)

John Sutton is Professor of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in Sydney, after many years in the Department of Philosophy. He studies autobiographical and social memory, embodied skill, and cognitive history, often in collaborations across philosophy, psychology, and history. He is author of 'Philosophy and Memory Traces: Descartes to connectionism', and is currently working on a book about remembering together and in projects on joint expert performance in sport and music.

Visiting Fellows 2016-17

Prof Paul Harris (Harvard)

Currently Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education at Harvard University, Professor Harris is interested in the early development of cognition, emotion and imagination. His many publications include Imagining the Impossible: Magical, Scientific, and Religious Thinking in Children, The Work of the Imagination, and Children and Emotion, as well as articles in magazines such as the Journal of Cognition and Culture and Psychological Science.

His most recent book, ‘Trusting what you're told: how children learn from others’, received an award from the Cognitive Development Society and the Eleanor Maccoby award from the American Psychological Association. It describes his research on how young children learn about history, science and religion, and discusses how far they rely on their own experience or trust what other people tell them, particularly when dealing with knowledge they cannot observe first-hand. For example, many aspects of history, science, and religion concern events that children cannot easily observe for themselves.

Prof Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv)

Eva Jablonka has an M.Sc. in Microbiology from Ben-Gurion University, Israel and a PhD in Genetics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Her post-Doctoral studies were in the Philosophy of Science, and in Developmental Genetics. She is a professor in the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel-Aviv. Her main interest is the understanding of evolution, especially evolution that is driven by non-genetic hereditary variations and the evolution of nervous systems and consciousness. She has published over 100 papers on these topics, and co-authored several books that investigate and discuss these issues.

Laura Schmitz (CEU, Budapest)

Before joining the Department of Cognitive Science as a PhD student in 2013, Laura studied Cognitive Science (both B.Sc. and M.Sc.) at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. During her Master studies, Laura visited the SOMBY lab for an internship which sparked her interest in Joint Action research. Now Laura works in the SOMBY group under the supervision of Guenther Knoblich and Natalie Sebanz, investigating how non-verbal communication can support coordination.