Dr Sophie Archer
- Available for postgraduate supervision
My primary research interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and epistemology.
To date, I have been particularly concerned with what it is to believe something. My work on this question touches upon issues to do with epistemic normativity, agency, and irrationality and psychopathology. I am currently collecting my thoughts (some of which have already been published or are under review in article form) into a book manuscript.
I also have an edited collection forthcoming with Routledge on the topic of salience. Salience is central to human life, yet is relatively underexplored as a philosophical topic. In my collection, I draw together a number of contributions from across a wide philosophical spectrum – including epistemology, philosophy of perception, philosophy of language, philosophy of psychology, practical reason, feminist philosophy, and aesthetics – in the hope that understanding more about the role of salience in these different areas will facilitate an understanding of what salience is.
2018-Present: Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cardiff
2013-18: Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy, Christ Church, University of Oxford
2013-18: The Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College, University of Oxford
2012-13: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southampton
2009-13: PhD Philosophy, University College London
2007-09: MPhil Stud Philosophy, University College London
2003-07: MA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
- Archer, S. 2018. Why 'believes' is not a vague predicate. Philosophical Studies 175, pp. 3029-3048. (10.1007/s11098-017-0993-3)
Autumn Semester 2019-20
Belief and Irrationality
Spring Semester 2019-20
Four Great Works in Philosophy
Debates in the History of Philosophy
2017: 'Why 'believes' is not a vague predicate' in Philosophical Studies
2015: 'Defending Exclusivity' in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
2013: 'Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception' in dialectica
2013: 'Review of 'The Self and Self-Knowledge' edited by Annalisa Coliva' in European Journal of Philosophy
I am happy to supervise graduate students working in any of my research areas. I would be particularly interested to supervise projects on:
the nature of belief;
irrationality (both theoretical and practical).