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Dr Elizabeth Irvine

Overview

Dr Elizabeth Irvine Position: Lecturer Email: IrvineE@cf.ac.uk
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Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

Philosophy

Research Interests

philosophy of psychology and neuroscience, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology

Selected Publications

Consciousness as a Scientific Concept: A Philosophy of Science Perspective. Springer, 2012.

Problems and Possibilities for Empirically Informed Philosophy of Mind. New Waves in Philosophy of Mind, eds. Jesper Kallestrup and Mark Sprevak (Palgrave, forthcoming).

Old Problems with New Measures in the Science of Consciousness. British Journal for Philosophy of Science 63 (2012): 627-648.

Rich Experience and Sensory Memory. Philosophical Psychology 24 (2011): 159-176.

Signal Detection Theory, the Exclusion Failure Paradigm and Weak Consciousness – Evidence for the Access/Phenomenal Distinction? Consciousness and Cognition 18 (2009): 551-560.

Publications

Publications

Problems and Possibilities for Empirically Informed Philosophy of Mind. New Waves in Philosophy of Mind, eds. Jesper Kallestrup and Mark Sprevak (Palgrave, forthcoming).

Emergence through an Interventionist Lens (with Hong Yu Wong). Philosophy Compass (forthcoming).

A Robustness Approach to Theory Building: A Case Study of Language Evolution (with Sean G. Roberts). Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (2013).

Measures of Consciousness. Philosophy Compass 8 (2013): 285-297.

Old Problems with New Measures in the Science of Consciousness. British Journal for Philosophy of Science 63 (2012): 627-648.

Rich Experience and Sensory Memory. Philosophical Psychology 24 (2011): 159-176.

How Alternative is the Alternative? (Commentary on Aaron Sloman, ‘An alternative to working on machine consciousness’). International Journal of Machine Consciousness 2 (2010): 41-44. 

Signal Detection Theory, the Exclusion Failure Paradigm and Weak Consciousness – Evidence for the Access/Phenomenal Distinction? Consciousness and Cognition 18 (2009): 551-560.

Shifting Goal Posts: First and Second Order Access (reply to commentary). Consciousness and Cognition 18 (2009): 565-567.

Research

My main interests are in philosophy of cognitive science and psychology, philosophy of neuroscience, and philosophy of science (particularly philosophy of biology). Within this is a big focus on scientific methodology, and how this impacts how philosophers can and should interact with empirical work.

 

Biography

I am currently on leave working on Kim Sterelny's 'Signs to Symbols' project at the Australian National University, where I am looking at the role of computational models and simulations in research on the evolution of language, the notion of iconicity, and what play can contribute to an adaptive platform for the evolution of (proto)-language.

Before that, I was a post-doctoral researcher in philosophy of neuroscience at the University of Tuebingen, at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN).

I got my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. I studied for my Masters degree at University of Pittsburgh's Department of History and Philosophy of Science. I was an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford University, where I studied Mathematics and Philosophy.