Prof Kathleen Stock

Post:Professor of Philosophy (Philosophy)
Other posts:Director of Teaching and Learning (School of History, Art History and Philosophy)
Location:ARTS A A114

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

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I'm an analytic philosopher, and my main research interests are 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 now out with Oxford University Press (September 2017).

I blog about fiction and imagination at

I've also recently written two articles on the nature of objectification, arguing that it can be understood as a way of seeing people (most obviously, women) as well as a way of thinking about them.

As a student, I did an undergraduate degree in French and Philosophy at Oxford, an M.Litt. in Philosophy at St Andrews, and a PhD in Philosophy at 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.

I'm currently Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of History, Art History and Philosophy. In my spare time, I love reading fiction, cooking, eating, shouting at the telly, and getting onto the Downs.


Reader in Philosophy. 

Director of Teaching and Learning, School of History, Art History and Philosophy.


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