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Prof Lucy O'Brien
  • Professor in Philosophy
  • Dept of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
UCL Principal Supervisor

I have been at UCL since 1992, first as a Lecturer and, from 2004 as Reader in Philosophy. I was appointed Professor in 2014. Prior to coming to UCL I held a post-doctoral position at the Centre for Philosophical Studies, KCL. I was the Honorary Director of the Aristotelian Society from 2008-2014. I am currently co-editor - with A.W.Moore - of the journal MIND.

Research Summary

I work in the philosophy of mind and action, focussing in particular on self-consciousness and self-knowledge. I am the author of Self-Knowing Agents (OUP 2007) and co-editor, with Matthew Soteriou, of Mental Actions (OUP 2009). I am currently working on interpersonal, rather than personal, self-consciousness and the nature of the self-conscious emotions.

Teaching Summary

I teach at the undergraduate, masters and research levels. My teaching is mainly in epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. 

I was (with Tom Stern) the recipient of a 2012 UCL Teaching Innovations Grant to teach all our graduate students 'Rhetoric and Presentation Skills' in one-day workshops. 

  Professor of Philosophy Philosophy UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1987   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1987   Master of Philosophy University of Sheffield
1986   Bachelor of Arts University of Sheffield
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