Dr Joel Smith - research
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 research interests in a wide range of mental phenomena, including the perception of space and time, imagination, and bodily-awareness. I have, however, 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?
Much of my recent work has been on emotion recognition. I am interested, in particular, in the perception of facial expression. This research is part of the three year AHRC funded project Knowledge of Emotion: Expression and Social Cognition, of which I am the principal investigator. This project has resulted in a collection of essays, The Expression of Emotion, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and a short film.
I also have interests in the history of philosophical approaches to the mind, in particular Kant, post-Kantians, and the early 20th Century Phenomenologists. I have recently written an introduction to phenomenology, Experiencing Phenomenology (Routledge 2016).
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- November 2016. Intentional states and the perception of time. Consciousness and Intentionality, University of Fribourg.
- September 2015. Commentary on Luke Roelofs. Minds Online.
- March 2015: Vision and the ontology of emotion and expression. Thumos, University of Geneva.
- 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.
- February - March 2012. Commentary on Peter Carruthers. Consciousness Online.
- 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