James Openshaw

Teaching Fellow

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



5.04 Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


  • Office drop-in hours: Thursdays 12–1pm in 5.01 (Dugald Stewart Building)


I joined the department in September 2019. Before this I completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2018, with a brief stint as a visiting student at the University of Southern California. I was a Stipendiary Lecturer at St. Edmund Hall (Oxford) and a Teaching Assistant at Kings College London until the end of 2018. And in 2018–19 I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy at the University of Haifa. Before all this, I did my undergraduate and masters work at the University of Leeds.

Undergraduate teaching

•    Themes in Epistemology (PHIL10072)

Postgraduate teaching

•    Themes in Epistemology (PHIL11064)

•    Philosophical Methods 1 (PHIL11191)

•    Advanced Ethics (PHIL11134)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My principal research interests are in philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. I'm also interested in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of cognitive science.

(forthcoming). ‘A puzzle about seeing for representationalism' (with Assaf Weksler), in Philosophical Studies.

(2018). ‘Singular thoughts and de re attitude reports’, in Mind & Language 33(4): 415–37.

(2018). ‘Self-ascription and the de se’, in Synthese. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1781-0.