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Prof Sarah Sawyer

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

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UK:01273 877328
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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


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. 






Professor of Philosophy

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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.