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Prof Sarah Sawyer

Post:Professor of Philosophy (Philosophy)
Location:ARTS A A017

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I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I did my undergraduate work at St Andrews, and my graduate work at Kings College London. I have previously held posts at the Universities of St. Andrews, Kansas, and Nebraska. 


My current professional roles include: Associate Editor for the Australasian Journal of PhilosophyPublications Officer for the Mind Association Occasional Series; Executive Committee Member for the Mind AssociationExecutive Committee Member and Council Member for the Royal Institute of PhilosophyAdvisory Council Member for the Institute of Philosophy


Joseph Gough (current, co-supervised with Prof. Andy Clark) Homeric Eliminativism

Joseph Backhouse-Barber (current) Subjectivity in the Systems Theory of Niklas Luhmann: between sociology and cognitive science

Jonathan Lee (2019) Mind, Meaning and Mechanism: the role of representation in explanations of cognition.

Alan Roberts (2017) Is This a Joke? The Philosophy of Humour.

Adrian Downey (2016) Radical Sensorimotor Enactivism.

Elaine O'Connell (2015) The Language of Emotion.

Jacob Berkson (2014) Truth as an Evaluative, Semantic Property: a defence of the linguistic priority thesis.

Tom McLelland (2012) Self-Representationalism and the Russellian Ignorance Hypothesis: a hybrid response to the problem of consciousness. 






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I have been interviewed by Richard Marshall for 3am magazine. The link to the interview is here.

In 2016 I took part in a public discussion on the life and work of Hilary Putnam, organised by The Forum This is available as a podcast here.

In 2017 I wrote ‘Thinking About Morality’ for the Essays, thought-provoking, philosophically informed essays from contemporary philosophers, on The Forum.

In 2018 I gave a talk to the Aristotelian Society in London: 'The Importance of Concepts'. The talk is available as a podcast here.

In 2018 I contributed a piece to the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Online: 'Putnam: Minds, brains, machines' in the 'Fottnotes to Plato' series.