Kate (Kathryn) Nave

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Room 8.13

40 George Square, Edinburgh
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I am a Leverhulme Trust early career research fellow. My research focuses on developing a realist account of autonomy and agency, grounded in the uniquely metabolic existence of living systems, and upon critiquing the machine concept of the organism in light of this distinctive material instability.



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University of Edinburgh: PhD in Philosophy, 2022.

Thesis title: Every body’s gotta eat: why living systems can’t survive on prediction error minimization alone

University of Edinburgh: MSc Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition, 2016.

King's College London - BA Philosophy, 2010-13

Current project grants

Analysis Trust postdoctoral research grant

Past project grants

- Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Studentship
- Aristotelian Society studentship
- European Research Council PhD studentship

Nave, K. (Forthcoming). A Drive to Survive: The Free Energy Principle and The Meaning of Life. MIT Presss

Nave, K. (2022) Boundaries and Borders gone! But life goes on. Commentary on Bruineberg et al. The Emperor’s New Markov Blanket in Behavioural and Brain Sciences

Nave, K., Deane, G., Miller, M. & Clark, A. (2022) Expecting Some Action: Predictive Processing and the Construction of Conscious Experience. Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Nave, K. (2021) Visual experience in the predictive brain is univocal, but indeterminate. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Nave, K., Deane, G., Miller, M., & Clark, A. (2020). Wilding the predictive brain. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 11(6)

Clark, A., Wilkinson, S., Nave, K. and Deane, G. (2019) “Getting Warmer: Interoception, Inference and Feeling” in Emotions and Reasons (Candiotto ed.) Palgrave Macmillan.

Miller, M., & Nave, K. (2019). Slimes and cyborgs: stretching the boundaries of life. Adaptive Behaviour, 1059712319843267. *Authorship alphabetical