Camden McKenna (AFHEA)

PhD Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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Camden McKenna is a PhD student, philosophy tutor, and writing tutor at the University of Edinburgh.


My primary research focus at the moment concerns the many facets of our experience of time. More broadly, I tend to be interested in questions in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of perception, and Phenomenology. I have also written and presented on topics with relevance to the philosophy of action, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, Buddhist philosophy, and science fiction.


MSc in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition, University of Edinburgh, 2017

MLitt in Philosophy, University of St Andrews and University of Stirling (SASP Joint Program), 2013

BA (Honors) in History, Bates College, 2011

Responsibilities & affiliations

Organizer of the Time and Perception Reading Group (TPRG) at the University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to the History of Philosophy, Semester 2 2022/23

Mind, Matter and Language, Semester 1 2022/23

Mind, Matter and Language, Semester 1 2021/22

Topics in Mind and Cognition, Semester 2, 2020/21 (Guest Lecturer/Tutor)

Knowledge and Reality, Semester 2, 2020/21

Mind, Matter and Language, Semester 1, 2020/21

Logic I, Semester 2, 2019/20

Philosophy of Science, Semester 1, 2019/20

Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment, Semester 2, 2018/19

Philosophy of Science, Semester 1, 2018/19

Mind, Matter and Language, Semester 2, 2017/18


I have also been a writing tutor for the University of Edinburgh PPLS Skills Centre (formerly known as the PPLS Writing Centre) since 2017 and encourage students to book an appointment through the PPLS Skills Centre website ( 

Research summary

Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Perception, Phenomenology, and especially how  all of these relate to the experience of time.

Current research interests

I am currently most interested in the philosophy, phenomenology, and cognitive science of the experience of time, and, more precisely, experiences of the passage of time and the so-called "specious" present (the interval of time we take to be "now"). I am developing a novel theory of time consciousness that accounts for the phenomenology of temporal experience and does justice to empirical data, ideally marrying such a view to a broader theory of consciousness in cognitive science. I am also interested in moods, emotions, and mental illness; illusions (especially temporal illusions); mental representations and representationalism; implications of predictive processing; and exotic perceptual phenomena.

Past research interests

In the past I have been especially concerned with the status and explanatory potency of representations in theories of consciousness. I have also focused a great deal of attention (scholarly and otherwise) on anxiety and what it can tell us about the mind.

Conference details

“Time-Consciousness Analyzed: An Extensionalist-Retentionalist Hybrid Proposal”, SOPhiA 2022: Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy, Sept 7, 2022.


“Succession, Agency, and Time-Consciousness,” SIFA 2021: XIV Convegno Nazionale della Società Italiana di Filosofia Analitica (National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy), Noto, Italy, Sept 22-24, 2021.


“The Succession Requirement for Agentive Subjects,” MindGrad 2021: Warwick Graduate Conference in the Philosophy of Mind, University of Warwick, June 26-27, 2021.


“Exploring the Space of Possible Times: Agency and Time-Consciousness,” Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, University of Melbourne, Sept 19-20, 2020.


“The Rolling Present,” Worlding the Brain, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus, Denmark, November 27-19, 2018.


“The Predictive Brain as Temporo-Phenomenological Bridge,” Central European University Two Phenomenologies Conference, Budapest, Hungary, Spring 2020. Accepted - Event cancelled due to COVID-19.


“Exploring the Space of Possible Times,” Philippines Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Manila, Philippines, Spring 2020. Accepted - Event cancelled due to COVID-19.

McKenna, C.A. 2021. Agency and the Successive Structure of Time-Consciousness. Erkenntnis. DOI: 10.1007/s10670-021-00440-7. Available online at:


McKenna, C.A. 2020. Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: Motion Aftereffects and the Dynamic Snapshot Theory of Temporal Experience. Review of Philosophy and Psychology.


McKenna, C. 2020. Flash-Lag Illusion. In F. Macpherson (ed.), The Illusions Index. Available online at: