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Dr Matthew Simpson
Department of Philosophy
19 Gordon Square
  • Teaching Fellow in Philosophy
  • Dept of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
I studied for my BA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy at Robinson College Cambridge between 2009-2017; I joined UCL in September 2017.
Research Summary

 My main research interests are in philosophy of language, metaphysics, and metaethics, especially where these topics intersect. Most of my work is on non-representational theories of meaning, theories which downplay the significance of the idea that our language and thought represents or describes the world around us. In particular I've focused on metaethical expressivism, which is an application of non-representationalism to ethical language and thought. I have also published work on truth and truthmaking.

At the moment I'm thinking about beliefs involving logical concepts like and, or, if, not, all, some. I'm also working on expressivism and minimalist theories of truth. For more information about my research please go to http://www.matsimpson.weebly.com

Teaching Summary

In 2019-20 I'm teaching the second year course Philosophy of Language, and the third year courses Representation and Reality (about the relationship between metaphysics and the philosophy of language and mind) and Metaethics. I'm also teaching the Practical Criticism MPhil Stud module in term 1, and the MA module Research Preparation in term 2.

I am also the MA tutor, and the deputy chair of the Board of Examiners, for the Department of Philosophy.

SEP-2017 – AUG-2018 Teaching Fellow in Philosophy Department of Philosophy UCL, United Kingdom
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