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Surname: OWENS                                                     Forenames: DAVID JOHN

(1.1) Education

1981-84 – St. John’s College Cambridge: B.A. (Hons) Philosophy (First Class).

1984-88 – Corpus Christi College Oxford: B. Phil and D.Phil.

(1.2) Current Appointment 

2015 – Professor of Philosophy, Kings College, London.

(1.3) Previous Appointments

2010–2015 – Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading.

1993-2010 – Professor (previously Lecturer and Reader) Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield.

1990-93 – British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cambridge.

1988-90 – Research Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge.

1987-88 – Stipendiary 12-hour Lecturer, Somerville College, Oxford.

(1.4) Visiting Appointments

2011 – Visiting Fellow, New York University Institute of Philosophy.

2009 – Visiting Fellow, All Souls College Oxford.

2008 – Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Lecturer, School of Law, Yale University. Co-taught course on ‘Advanced Topics in Legal Theory’.

2007 – Visiting Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Yale University. One graduate level ‘Promise and Assertion’ and one undergraduate level course ‘Ethics: Kant and Hume’.

2005 – Visiting Professorial Fellow, School for Advanced Study, University of London.

1996-7 – Fulbright Scholar, Department of Philosophy, Graduate Center City University of New York.

1993 – Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Traditional and Modern Philosophy, University of Sydney, Australia.

1990 – Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.

RESEARCH GRANTS

2009-11 – British Academy Research Development Grant: £81,000 for a project on ‘Telling and Trusting’. Principal Investigator.

2008-09 – Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship: £78,000 for two years replacement teaching.

2005 – AHRB Research Leave Extension Award: £14,000 for a semester’s replacement teaching.

2005 – School of Advanced Study Visiting Professorial Fellowship, University of London: £15,000 for research and accommodation expenses.

2001 – AHRB Research Leave Extension Award: £11,000 for a semester’s replacement teaching.

1996-7 – AHRB Research Leave Extension Award: £6,000 for a semester’s replacement teaching.

1996-7 – Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship at City University of New York

1984-7 – British Academy Major State Studentship

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 

(3.1) Invited Papers to Departmental Colloquia and Learned Societies

International

2015 – University of California at Riverside.

2014 – Queens University, Canada, School of Law.

2013 – Humboldt University Berlin. Ethics Colloquium. Philosophical Society of Zurich, Switzerland. University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

2012 – Columbia University, School of Law. University of California at Berkeley, Forum for Law and Ethics

2011 – University of Southern California. Columbia University, School of Law. York University, Canada. University of California at Riverside.

2010 – University of California at Irvine. University of California at Los Angeles.

2009 – University of Montreal, Canada. Yale University, School of Law. University of Texas at Austin

2008 – Rice University. University of California at Riverside. Claremont Colleges, California. University of Colorado at Boulder

2007 – Yale University

2006 – Amherst College Public Lecture Series on Free Will. University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law. University of California at Riverside. Claremont Colleges, California.

2004 – City University of New York, Graduate Center.

2003 – Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

2002 – City University of New York, Graduate Center.

2001 – City University of New York, Graduate Center. Rutgers University, New Jersey. University of Montreal, Canada.

1999 – University of Pennsylvania

1998 – University of Maribor, Slovenia

1997 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Brooklyn College, New York

1996 – City University of New York, Graduate Center. Rutgers University, New Jersey. University of Arizona at Tuscon.

1995 – University of Maribor, Slovenia

1994 – Center for Research in Applied Epistemology, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris

1993 – Cornell University, Ithaca. University of Indiana at Bloomington. University of Virginia at Charlottesville. University of Sydney, Australia. University of New South Wales, Australia. University of Newcastle, Australia. Research School of Social Sciences, Canberra, Australia. La Trobe University, Australia. Monash University, Australia

1992 – Croatian Philosophical Society (Rjeka). Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. University of Pecs, Hungary

1990 – University of Lodz, Poland. University of Gdansk, Poland. University of Poznan, Poland. University of Krakow, Poland. Polish Society for the Philosophy of Science, Ministry of Education

United Kingdom

2017 – University of Nottingham

2016 – St. Andrews University. Stirling University

2015 – Ethics Seminar, Birkbeck College, London.

2014 – Practical Reason Seminar, Institute of Philosophy, University of London. Jurisprudence Seminar, School of Law, Kings College. London.

2013 – University of Hertfordshire. Center for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, University of Warwick. University Lecture, Reading University.

2012 – Warwick University. York University. Leeds University. Oxford Brookes University.

2011 – Southhampton University. Stirling University.

2010 – Manchester University. Birmingham University. Philosophical Society, Oxford University. Moral Sciences Club, Cambridge University. Cumberland Lodge Lecture, Kings College, London.

2009 – Moral Philosophy Seminar, Oxford University. Reading University.

2007 – Leeds University. Cardiff University.

2005 – York University. Open University Summer School. Dean’s Seminar, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Visiting Professorial Lecture, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

2003 – Bristol University. Open University

2002 – Edinburgh University. Stirling University

2001 – Bristol University

2000 – Manchester University. Kings College, London

1999 – Liverpool University. Birkbeck College, London

1998 – Series of four invited lectures at the University of Birmingham

1996 – St. Andrews University. Edinburgh University. Glasgow University

1995 – Philosophy of Science Seminar, Oxford University. Durham University. Leeds University. Philosophical Society, Cambridge University. British Society for the Philosophy of Science.

1994 – Manchester University. Birmingham University. Liverpool University. Hang Seng Center for Cognitive Science, Sheffield University. Philosophical Society, Oxford University. Sheffield-Nottingham-Leeds Triangle.

1992 – History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University.Spatial Representation Project, King’s College Cambridge.

1991 – Kings College, London. Cambridge-Essex-East Anglian Triangle. University of Sussex

1990 – Sheffield University. Bradford University. Aristotelian Society (London). Political Theory Seminar, Cambridge University. Moral Sciences Club, Cambridge University.

 (3.2) Invited Papers at Academic Conferences

International

2017 – Conference on Consent, University of Muenster, Germany. Conference of ‘Ethics of Mind’, University of Erlangen, Germany

2016 – Conference on ‘Political Philosophy’, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Conference on ‘Relationships’, Berne University, Switzerland.

2015 – Conference on ‘Problem Promises’, Princeton University. Workshop on Private Law, Yale University.

2014 – Workshop on ‘Epistemic Normativity’, University of Luxembourg. Conference on ‘Obligation’ Aarhus University, Denmark.

2012 – Conference on ‘Theoretical and Practical Reason’ Institute of Advanced Study, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Royal Ethics Conference on ‘Relationships’ University of Texas at Austin

2011 – Conference on ‘Epistemic Autonomy’ Humbolt University, Berlin. Workshop on ‘Knowledge, Evidence and Practice’ University of Geneva. Workshop on ‘The Nature of Belief’ Columbia University, New York. Workshop on ‘Promise and Contract’ University of Georgetown Law School, Washington DC. Keynote at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

2010 – European Society for Aesthetics, University of Udine, Italy (refereed). Conference on ‘Authority’, University of Southern California. Workshop on ‘Epistemic Trust’ University of Copenhagen.

2009 – Roundtable on Promises: University of Illinois, Law School. Workshop on ‘The Epistemology of Value” University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

2008 – Conference on ‘Promises and Agreements’ Rice University, Texas. Workshop on ‘Promise and Contract’ University of Georgetown Law School, Washington DC.

2007 – American Philosophical Association: Pacific Division (San Francisco California). Invited respondent in symposium on Robert Audi. Workshop on ‘Promise and Contract’ University of Georgetown Law School, Washington DC

2006 – American Philosophical Association: Pacific Division (Portland, Oregon). Invited Symposium on ‘Theoretical and Practical Reason’. Conference on ‘Knowledge and Assertion’ University of the Sorbonne, Paris. Conference on ‘Rationality’ University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

2003 – European Society for Philosophy and Psychology Conference, Turin, Italy  (refereed).

2002 – Conference on ‘Emotion’ Rutgers University (funded participant).

2001 – Conference on ‘Practical Irrationality’ University of Montreal, Canada. Conference on ‘Belief and the Will’ University of the Sorbonne, Paris.

2000 – Conference on the Work of Barry Stroud, Oviedo, Spain (refereed).

1999 – Conference on Mental Phenomena Dubrovnik, Croatia.

1998 – European Science Foundation Workshop on Social Action, Turin, Italy. Conference on Mental Phenomena Dubrovnik, Croatia

1995 – Conference on Metaphysics in Bled, Slovenia.

1994 – Conference on Frege in Karlo Vyvary, Czech Republic..

1993 – Australasian Philosophical Association Annual Conference, Adelaide.

1992 – Philosophy of Science Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

1991 – Philosophy of Mind Conference Dubrovnik, Croatia.

1989 – Philosophy of Science Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

United Kingdom

2017  – Conference on ‘Self-Control’, University of St. Andrews

2016  – Conference on ‘Shiffrin – Speech Matters’ University College, London.

2015 – Conference on ‘Epistemic and Practical Reason’, University of Southampton. Conference on the work of Paul Snowdon, University College London.

2014 – Conference on ‘Trust’, University of Oxford. Conference on ‘Intention’, University of Leeds. Workshop on ‘Practical Reason’, University of Kent. Conference on ‘David Owens: Shaping the Normative Landscape’ University of Sheffield

2013 – UCL School of Law: Conference on Promise and Contract. Keynote at Cambridge University workshop on ‘The Limits of Duty’. Slavery and Emancipation Workshop, Manchester University (refereed). Reading Center for Ethics and Political Philosophy Inaugural conference.

2012 – Aristotelian Society Joint Session, University of Stirling.

2010 – Ratio Conference on ‘Deontology’. White Rose Forum for Aesthetics, University of Leeds. UK Analytical Legal and Political Philosophy Conference, University College London.

2007 – British Society for Ethical Theory (Refereed).

2006 – Conference on the work of Joseph Raz, Institute of Advanced Study, University of London. Conference on ‘Law and Philosophy’ University College London. Conference on ‘Lying’ University of St. Andrews

2005 – Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference on ‘Self-Knowledge’, University of Manchester

2004 – Conference on the work of T.M.Scanlon, Institute of Advanced Study, University of London. Conference on ‘Moral Testimony’ University of Brirmingham. Conference on ‘Virtue Epistemology’ University of Stirling.

2003 – British Society for Ethical Theory, University of Belfast (Refereed). Royal Institute for Philosophy Conference on ‘Descartes and Hume’ University of Manchester.

2002 – Conference on ‘The Will in Moral Psychology’ University of Edinburgh. Keynote speaker: Staff-Graduate Conference, University College London

2000 – Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. Conference on ‘The Philosophy of Action’ at the University of Manchester:

1999 – One-Day Conference on ‘Epistemology’ at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of London

1995 – Glasgow University Conference on ‘Achilles and the Tortoise’ (Refereed)

1994 – Stirling University Conference on ‘Self-Knowledge’

1992 – Annual Conference of British Society for the Philosophy of Science: ‘Causation’

(3.3) Academic Refereeing

I am on the Editorial Board of Ethics. I receive an average of 30-40 refereeing requests a year from various academic journals.

I have refereed manuscripts and book proposals for the following publishers:

Cambridge University Press (3), Oxford University Press (8), Blackwells (1), Edinburgh University Press (1), Routledge (3).

I have acted as an assessor for research grant applications by the following organisations:

Swiss Science Foundation, Leverhulme Trust (UK), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).

(3.4) Service: External

Assessment Member of the Philosophy Sub-Panel for REF 2014. External examiner for PhD theses at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, Sheffield, London (three times), the Open University, the University of Sydney, Australia and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Examined three M.Phil theses at the University of London. External examiner for the Philosophy MA at the Open University, 2006. External examiner for the Philosophy BA at Leeds University 2009-12. External examiner for the Cambridge BA 2012-5. Member of the AHRC College of Peer Review 2010-14. Reviewed four tenure cases and two applications for promotion to full professor in North America. External assessor for appointments at UCL and for research fellowships at Oxford and Cambridge.

(3.5) Service: Internal

2017 – Chair of Panel A of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership

2016  – Director of Graduate Studies (KCL)

2015 – Director of Research (Philosophy, Reading)

2013 – Co-Director Reading Center for Ethics and Political Philosophy

2011-3 – Director of Undergraduate Admissions (Philosophy, Reading)

2010-11 – Director of First Year Studies (Philosophy, Reading)

2009-10 – Director of Research (Philosophy, Sheffield)

2006-7 – Director of Second and Third Year Studies ((Philosophy, Sheffield)

2002-4 – Director of Learning and Teaching (Philosophy, Sheffield)

2002-4 – University Teaching Quality and HEFCE Audit Committees (Sheffield)

PUBLICATIONS

(4.1) Books

Shaping the Normative Landscape, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, x + 272 pp. ISBN: 0-19-969150-0 (Hardcover) 0-19-870804-9 (Paperback).

Reviewed by: Allan Gibbard (Times Literary Supplement), Mark Le Bar (Philosophical Quarterly), Alida Liberman (Ethics), Erin Taylor (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews), Gerald Lang (Analysis).

Reason Without Freedom, London: Routledge, 2000, viii + 199 pp. ISBN: 0-415-22388-1 (Hardcover) 0-415-22389-X (Paperback).

Reviewed by: Charles Travis (Ethics), Eugene Mills (Mind), E.J.Lowe (Ratio), David Bakhurst (Philosophical Books), David Owen (Philosophy in Review).

Causes and Coincidences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, xii + 188 pp. ISBN: 0-521-41650-7 (Hardcover) 0-521-04448-0 (Paperback).

Reviewed by: Tim Crane (British Journal for the Philosophy of Science), Peter Menzies (Mind), Johannes Persson (Theoria), David Oderberg (Ratio), Evan Fales (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research).

(4.2) Articles in Refereed Journals, Edited Books and Conference Proceedings: In Print

‘Trusting a Promise and Other Things’ Ed. P. Faulkner and T. Simpson – New Philosophical Perspectives on Trust (Oxford University Press 2017): 214-29.

‘Promises and Conflicting Obligations’ Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy Vol. 11 No. 1 (November 2016) pp. 1-19.

‘Tolerance as Civility’ The Philosopher’s Imprint Vol. 15 No. 20 (August 2015).

‘Reply to Commentators on Shaping the Normative LandscapeJurisprudence (2015) Vol. 6 No. 2: 378-90.

‘Does a Promise Transfer a Right?’ in G. Letsas, P. Saprai and G. Klass – Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014) pp. 78-95.

‘Value and Epistemic Normativity’ Teorema Volume XXXII/3 (2013) pp. 35-58.

‘Promises’ The International Encyclopedia of Ethics Ed. H. LaFollette (Blackwell 2013) pp. 4143-4155.

‘The Value of Duty’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume LXXVI (July 2012) pp. 199-215.

‘The Possibility of Consent’ Ratio Vol. 24 (December 2011) pp. 402-21.

‘Deliberation and the First Person’ in Ed. Anthony Hatzimoysis – Self Knowledge (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011) pp. 261-77.

‘The Problem with Promising’ in Ed. H. Sheinman – Understanding Promises: Philosophical Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011) pp. 58-79.

‘Freedom and Practical Judgement’ in Ed. Lucy O’Brien and Matthew Soteriou – Mental Action (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009) pp. 122-137.

‘Promising Without Intending’ Journal of Philosophy Vol 105: no. 12 (December 2008) pp. 737-55.

‘Rationalism about Obligation’ European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 16 no. 3 (December 2008) pp. 403-31.

‘Descartes’s Use of Doubt’ Ed. J. Broughton and J. Carriero – A Companion to Descartes (Oxford: Blackwell 2007) pp. 164-178.

‘Disenchantment’ in Ed. L. Antony – Philosophers Without Gods (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007) pp. 165-179.

‘Duress, Deception and the Validity of a Promise’ Mind Vol. 116. No. 462 (April 2007) pp. 293-315.

‘Testimony and Assertion’ Philosophical Studies Vol. 130, No. 1 (July 2006) pp. 105-129.

‘A Simple Theory of Promising’ Philosophical Review Vol. 115, No. 1 (January 2006) pp. 51-77.

‘The Right and the Reasonable’ Mind Vol. 114, No. 454 (April 2005) pp. 371-389.

‘Williamson on Scepticism and Rationality’ Philosophical Books Vol. 45, No. 4 (October 2004) pp. 306-12.

‘Knowing One’s Own Mind in Ed. F. Pironet and C. Tappolet – ‘Deliberation and Irrationality in the History of Philosophy’ Dialogue Vol. 42, No. 4 (Autumn 2003) pp. 791-98.

‘Does Belief Have An Aim?’ Philosophical Studies (August 2003) Vol 115, No. 3 pp. 275-97.

‘Epistemic Akrasia’ The Monist (July 2002) Vol. 85, No. 3, pp. 381-97.

‘Scepticisms: Descartes and Hume’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume LXXIV (July 2000) pp. 119-42.

‘The Authority of Memory’, European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 7, No. 3 (December 1999) pp. 312-329.

‘A Lockean Theory of Experiential Memory’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 56 No. 2 pp. 319-32 (June 1996).

‘Understanding Names’, in J. Biro and P. Kotatko (eds) – Frege’s ‘Sense and Reference’: 100

Years Later (Dordrecht: Kluwer 1995) pp. 141-50.

‘Perception and Occlusion’, Acta Analytica, Vol. 6 (1990) pp. 135-40.

‘Causes and Coincidences’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. 90, Part 1(1989/90) pp. 49-64.

‘Disjunctive Laws’ Analysis, Vol. 49 no. 4 (October 1989) pp.197-202.

‘Levels of Explanation’ Mind, Vol. 98 no. 389 (January 1989) pp. 59-79.

‘Should Blackmail be Banned?’, Philosophy, Vol. 63 no. 246 (October 1988) pp. 501-14.

(4.3) Books: Forthcoming

Normativity and Control (Oxford University Press 2017). A collection of ten of my own papers (nine previously published) together with a long introduction.

(4.4) Articles in Refereed Journals, Edited Books and Conference Proceedings: Forthcoming

‘Habitual Agency’ Philosophical Explorations

‘Wrong By Convention’ Ethics

(4.5) Reviews

Roger Scruton – The Soul of the World, Times Literary Supplement no 5815 (September 12th 2014) p. 22.

Samuel Scheffler – The Afterlife, Times Literary Supplement no 5786 (February 21st 2014) p. 21.

Paul Katsafanas – Agency and the Foundations of Ethics, Times Literary Supplement no. 5756 (July 26 2013) p. 25.

Hyman Gross – Crime and Punishment, Times Literary Supplement no. 5717 (October 26 2012) p. 22.

Joseph Raz’s – Normativity and Responsibility, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (August 8 2012).

Jonathan Wolff – Ethics and Public Policy, Times Literary Supplement no. 5664 (October 21 2011) p. 24.

Richard Foley – Intellectual Trust in Oneself And Others, Mind vol. 112 no. 447, (July 2003) pp. 536-9.

Cullity and Gaut (Eds) – Ethics and Practical Reason, European Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 6 no 3 (December 1998) pp. 372-6.

John Pollock – Cognitive Carpentry, Mind Vol. 106 (January 1997) pp. 192-5.

Hilary Putnam – Representation and Reality, Mind and Language Vol. 4 no. 3, (July 1989) pp. 246-9.

Hamlyn – In and Out of the Black Box, Times Literary Supplement no. 4560 (August 24th. 1990) p. 892.

McGinn’s – Mental Content, Mind, Vol. 99 no. 393 (January 1990) pp. 113-22

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