David Papineau

David Papineau is a Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London and the City University of New York Graduate Center. He earned his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Natal and M.A. in Moral Sciences and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Papineau has worked in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophies of science, mind, and mathematics. His overall stance is naturalist and realist. He is one of the originators of the teleosemantic theory of mental representation, a solution to the problem of intentionality which derives the intentional content of our beliefs from their biological purpose. He is also a defender of the a posteriori physicalist solution to the mind-body problem.

Representative Publications

Papineau, David. “Can We Really See a Million Colours?.” Phenomenal Qualities (2015): 274-297.

Papineau, David. “The Philosophical Insignificance of A Priori Knowledge.” What Place for the A Priori (2011): 61-83.

Papineau, David. “What Exactly is the Explanatory Gap?.” Philosophia 39.1 (2011): 5-19.

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