Joe Dewhurst

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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I am a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, working on a thesis that focuses on the relationship between common-sense intuitions and scientific theories in contemporary cognitive science. I argue that concepts drawn from folk psychological taxonomies are ill-suited to the complexities of scientific practice, but defend folk psychology's role as a socio-normative discourse.

I am also interested in the nature of computation, and am engaged in an ongoing research project aimed at reconciling computational and enactive theories of cognition. Recently I have been reading about the history of cybernetics, and thinking about the potential application of cybernetic principles to social and economic planning.

My research is currently funded by a PhD Scholarship from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Research summary

Philosophy of mind, psychology and cognitive science, philosophy of science, social cognition, computation