David Papineau was born in in Como, Italy, and went to schools in Trinidad, Lancashire and London, before spending his teenage years in Durban, South Africa. In 1968 he returned to England to study philosophy as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and completed a PhD there in 1974. He has held academic posts at Reading University, Macquarie University Sydney, Birkbeck College London, and Cambridge University. Since 1990 he has been Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London, and from 2015 he has been spending the second half of each academic year at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
His books include Reality and Representation (1987), Philosophical Naturalism (1993), Thinking about Consciousness (2002) and Philosophical Devices (2012). He was elected President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for 1993-5, of the Mind Association for 2009-10, and of the Aristotelian Society for 2013-4. He is a frequent contributor to the the popular press and other media in both England and America, covering a wide range of topics, including the philosophical dimensions of sport.
RT: Speaking tomorrow at the AHS convention tomorrow at Conway Hall, London: humanism.org.uk/events/ahs2017/
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KNOWING THE SCORE: HOW SPORT TEACHES US ABOUT PHILOSOPHY (AND PHILOSOPHY ABOUT SPORT) – Buy it here
Why do sports competitors choke? How can Roger Federer select which shot to play in 400 milliseconds? Should foreign-born footballers be eligible to play for England? Why do opposing professional cyclists help each other? Why do American and European golfers hate each other? Why does test cricket run in families? Why is punching tolerated in rugby but not in soccer?
These may not look like philosophical questions, but David Papineau shows that under the surface they all raise long-standing philosophical issues. To get to the bottom of these and other sporting puzzles, we need help from metaphysics or ethics, or from the philosophy of mind or political philosophy, as well as numerous other philosophical disciplines.
Knowing the Score will be an entertaining, fact-filled and erudite book that ranges far and wide through the sporting world. As a prominent philosopher who is also an enthusiastic amateur sportsman and omnivorous sports fan, David Papineau is uniquely well-placed to show how philosophy can illuminate sporting issues. By bringing his philosophical expertise to bear, he will add a new dimension to the way we think about sport.
Publication date: 4 May 2017
PHILOSOPHICAL DEVICES: PROOFS, PROBABILITIES, POSSIBILITIES, AND SETS – Buy it here
This book is designed to explain the technical ideas that are taken for granted in much contemporary philosophical writing. Notions like ‘denumerability’, ‘modal scope distinction’, ‘Bayesian conditionalization’, and ‘logical completeness’ are usually only elucidated deep within difficult specialist texts. By offering simple explanations that by-pass much irrelevant and boring detail, Philosophical Devices is able to cover a wealth of material that is normally only available to specialists.
The book contains four sections, each of three chapters. The first section is about sets and numbers, starting with the membership relation and ending with the generalized continuum hypothesis. The second is about analyticity, a prioricity, and necessity. The third is about probability, outlining the difference between objective and subjective probability and exploring aspects of conditionalization and correlation. The fourth deals with metalogic, focusing on the contrast between syntax and semantics, and finishing with a sketch of Gödel’s theorem.
Philosophical Devices will be useful for university students who have got past the foothills of philosophy and are starting to read more widely, but it does not assume any prior expertise. All the issues discussed are intrinsically interesting, and often downright fascinating.
An engaging, genuinely expository text, it is hard to imagine a better execution of the project of introducing the basics of technical philosophy non-technically. … an invaluable addition to undergraduate reading lists, and I certainly will make use of it in my teaching. (A.C. Paseau, Philosophia Mathematica)
The book is a clear and straightforward introduction to technical methods and concepts that have widespread applications in analytic philosophy and other sciences. For this reason it is an excellent introductory text. (Arif Ahmed, University of Cambridge)
Papineau has written a suprising book. Though small in size it can serve as a template for a variety of undergraduate philosophy courses as instructors choose to emphasize various parts of the presentation. The text is clearly and accurately written. The pedagogy sets out concepts in a sequential order that works well. This is a highly recommended text. (Michael Boylan, Professor and Chair, Philosophy, Marymount University, Virginia)
This is a very good book for students learning about philosophical methods. The sections are concise, easily accessible and well well-written. I’ve been looking for a book like this on philosophical methods for a while now and this is one of the few that I’ve found so it is covering a needed gap in the market. I will definitely be recommending it to my library for purchase and to students. (Emily Ryall, University of Gloucestershire)
PUBLISHER: UP Oxford; 1 edition
PUBLICATION DATE: 4th October 2012
The relation between subjective consciousness and the physical brain is widely regarded as the last mystery facing science. Papineau argues that consciousness seems mysterious not because of any hidden essence, but only because we think about it in a special way. He exposes the resulting potential for confusion, and shows that much scientific study of consciousness is misconceived.
PUBLISHER: Oxford Univ.Press:Clarendon Press.USA; New Ed edition
PUBLICATION DATE: 10 Jun. 2004