I’m a philosopher with a background in the social sciences and research interests in foundational questions about the ‘social mind’



I am currently the Project Manager of The Human Mind Project at the School of Advanced Study in the University of London

What I am up to

** Breaking News ** I’m very pleased to report that we have secured funding for The Human Mind Project from the Catalyst Fund of HEFCE. More in the press release and in a blog post on Talking Humanities.

Done some work on collective intelligence in collaboration with Nesta recently. Here is a policy report authored with Stefana Broadbent, and here is another piece on the ‘philosophy’ of The Human Mind Project in a longer article on the ‘brain race’.

The programme of Social Change in the Brain Age is now complete, feel free to email me for info and registration. I’m also chairing and speaking in a symposium on Brian Epstein’s new book at the Fourth Conference of the European Network on Social Ontology (ENSO IV) – same month (September).

I’m lecturing on non-reductionist approaches to social cognition in an Autumn School on the Baltic sea in October. There’s a CfP for PhDs and postdocs: here‘s the flyer.


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Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition was released in July 2014 (Amazon.UK and Amazon.com). Paul Roth reviews it in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.