The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce a new appointment: starting with the academic year 2017-18, Tim Crane will join the department, in the rank of full professor.
Tim is currently the Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge, where he studied with Jeremy Butterfield and Hugh Mellor. He then worked for 20 years in the University of London, before moving to the University of Cambridge in 2009. Tim founded in 2005 the Institute of Philosophy in the University of London, and was its first director until 2008. He is the General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Philosophy Consultant Editor of the TLS.
Tim has worked mainly in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Among other things, he has argued that the essential feature of the mind is its intentionality, or its representational power; he has defended a non-physicalist account of the mental; and has made seminal contributions to the analysis of non-conceptual content. Tim maintains a position he calls ‘psychologism’, according to which neuroscientific discoveries and our commonsensical descriptions of the mental should be complemented by a proper understanding of the results of psychology and a proper phenomenology, in order to deliver a comprehensive description of our mental life. He is the author of several books and numerous articles.
We are all looking forward to working with Tim and benefitting from his contributions to the department and to CEU.