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Dr Joel Smith - research

Research interests

I am interested in pretty much everything, however I work primarily in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of psychology and phenomenology and am a member of the Manchester Mind Group. I have a particular interest in issues of self-consciousness and consciousness of others. We attribute both psychological and non-psychological states to ourselves and to other people. How do we do this? In virtue of what do such attributions count as knowledge? What do our answers to these questions tell us about the nature of the self, the nature of psychological concepts, and the relation between self and other?

Recent research includes work on egocentric spatial representation; the conceptual problem of other minds; Husserl's account of intersubjectivity; and the significance, for a theory of intersubjectivity, of mirror neurons and neonate imitation. I also recently co-edited (with Peter Sullivan) a collection of essays entitled Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism.

I am currently working on the epistemic grounds of attributions of emotional phenomena. I am interested, in particular, in the nature of facial expression, the epistemic function of empathy, and the plausibility of perceptual accounts of emotion attribution. This research is part of the new, three year, AHRC funded project Knowledge of Emotion: Expression and Social Cognition, of which I am the principal investigator. As well as individual research, this project involves a series of conferences and the production of a short documentary film.

I am writing an introduction to phenomenology, provisionally titled Experiencing Phenomenology.

I am also involved in a new project, Cooperation and Equality: Normative and Psychological Perspectives, which is a collaboration between faculty from Philosophy and Politics.

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Research Presentations

Future:

  • March 2015: Emotion, emotional expression, and visual experience". Thumos, University of Geneva.

Recent Past:

  • June 2014: Do we see emotions by seeing their expressions? Cognition in Action Lecture Series, University of Milan.
  • June 2014: Do we see emotions by seeing their expressions? Emotion & Social Cognition, University of Manchester.
  • June 2013. Expression and context in emotion recognition. Emotion & Expression, University of Manchester.
  • May 2013. Sartre on the transcendental I. Forum for European Philosophy, London.
  • May 2013. Agency and spatial perception: from near to far? Multi-Sensory Perspectives on Peri-Personal Space. Insitute of Philosophy, London.
  • March 2013. Alienation and self-presentation. Consciousness, Cognition and the Self, University of Manchester.
  • February 2013. Alienation and self-presentation. Consciousness Online.
  • October 2012. What is empathy for? Departmental Seminar, University of Edinburgh.
  • September 2012. Perception and emotion. Celebrating the work of Peter Goldie. University of Manchester.
  • September 2012. Visual presence and the look of happiness. Centre for Subjectivity Studies, Copehagen.
  • August 2012. What is empathy for? Collective Intentionality VIII. University of Manchester.
  • December 2011. Mindreading and visual presence. Departmental Seminar, University of Manchester.
  • December 2011. Mindreading and visual presence. Fourth Mind Network Meeting, University of Birmingham.
  • December 2011. Mindreading and visual presence. Departmental Seminar, University of Durham.
  • December 2011. Egocentric Space. Dangerous Liasons Conference, University of York.
  • November 2011. Egocentric Space. Merleau-Ponty and the Sense of Space Workshop, University of Nottingham.
  • June 2011. Seeing and Knowing Other Minds. Departmental Seminar, University of Warwick.
  • May 2010. Adam Smith on Sympathy: A Puzzle about Disapproval. Adam Smith Workshop, University of Manchester.
  • May 2010. Other Minds and Other Bodies. Departmental Seminar, University of Glasgow.
  • April 2010. Other Minds and Other Bodies. Departmental Seminar, University of Amsterdam.
  • March 2010. Other Minds and Other Bodies. Departmental Seminar, University of York.
  • February 2010. The Conceptual Problem of Other Bodies. The Aristotelian Society, University of London.
  • April 2009. Can Transcendental Intersubjectivity be Naturalised? Transcendental Philosophy Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • May 2009. The Unity of Emotion. Mancev Workshop, University of Manchester.
  • September 2008. Can Transcendental Intersubjectivity be Naturalised?Transcendental Philsoophy and Naturalism Conference, UCL.