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Dr Richard Gray BSc (Open), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Edin)

Dr Richard Gray

BSc (Open), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Edin)

Senior Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 5416
1.33, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am part of the School's Philosophy group.

Richard Gray came to Cardiff in 2004. From 2000-4 he was a lecturer in philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to that he was at the University of Edinburgh, where he completed his PhD, having previously studied at the University of Cambridge.





  • Gray, R. 2011. On the nature of the senses. In: Macpherson, F. ed. The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 243-260.







Current Undergraduate teaching

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Topics in Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Contemporary Epistemology

Current Postgraduate teaching

  • Philosophy of Mind Epistemology

Much time and effort has been expended  on philosophical questions related to vision, visual perception and visual  experience. The assumption has tended to be that what goes for vision can be  straightforwardly applied to the other senses.

Much of my work has focused on  other senses and sensory processes which have received little attention in the  philosophical literature. My PhD thesis, and a number of published papers drawn  from it, focused on synaesthesia.

I have also written papers on heat  perception, which, so I have argued, can shed light on the nature of perceptual  experience. In a recent paper co-authored with Alessandra Tanesini, we have looked at the distinctive nature of  taste perception in the context of enactive accounts of perception. All of  these have been used to motivate a more general account of the senses.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of perception
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of language