Prof Kathleen Stock

Post:Professor of Philosophy (Philosophy)
Location:ARTS A A114

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873119
International:+44 1273 873119

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I'm an analytic philosopher, and one of my research interests is in the philosophy of fiction and imagination. I've published widely on these topics. I'm interested in such questions as: what is imagination?; Are there different kinds or uses of the imagination, and what are they?; Are there limits to what we can imagine?; What are the relations between imagination and belief?; What kinds of imagining does fiction require of the reader or viewer?; What is the difference between fiction and non-fiction?; What is fictional truth?; and much else besides. My book on these issues Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination is published by Oxford University Press (September 2017).

I've also written articles on the nature of sexual and other forms of objectification, and on the nature of sexual orientation.

My main research focus at the moment is philosophical questions about sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and am writing a book on related issues. My public writing on these topics can be found here

I was educated at a comprehensive. As a student, I did an undergraduate degree in French and Philosophy at Oxford, an M.Litt. in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. I then spent two years teaching at the University of Lancaster and the University of East Anglia respectively, before being appointed by Sussex in 2003.

In my spare time, I love reading fiction, cooking, eating, shouting at the telly, and getting onto the Downs.


Professor of Philosophy. 

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On research leave, Spring/Summer 2020.