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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

The Department’s members are active in the scholarly and professional institutions of their subject here and abroad. They are especially notable for their contributions to the editing of a number of distinguished journals. Among them are editors of Analysis, The Journal of Asian Philosophy, and Mind and Language, an executive editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy and the assistant editor of Mind.
Details of the marks of esteem accorded individual members of staff are given below.
Currie (Professor) is a past Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and an Overseas Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol in 1998 and held a part-time visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Canberra, 1996-9. He was President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy in 1996. A symposium on his book Image and Mind: Film, Philosophy and Cognitive Science was held at the American Philosophical Association meeting in Berkeley in 1997; papers and replies appeared in Philosophical Studies in 1998. His work on documentary was the subject of a symposium at NYU in 1999. He was a fully-funded speaker at a symposium on imagination at a conference of the American Society for Aesthetics in October 2000, and also took part in a symposium there on narratives and spectators. He recently accepted an invitation to join a research project on innateness involving philosophers from Maryland, Rutgers and Sheffield. He will participate in a NEH summer school in Washington, DC in 2002. His work on delusion has been recognised with an invitation to contribute to a special issue of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology on that subject. He has contributed five articles to the new Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (1998), one each to the Blackwell’s Companion to Film Theory (1999), and the five-volume Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics (OUP, 1998), two for the Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics and one for the Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. He has been an Executive Editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy since 1996, and is an editor of Mind and Language. He was on the committee to elect to the Leverhulme Prize Fellowships for 2001/2. He has been a referee for Synthese, Philosophy of Science, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Noûs, Dialogue, Philosophical Quarterly, Mind and Language, Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and has read manuscripts for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, MIT. He is undergraduate external examiner at the LSE.
Kirk (Professor Emeritus, category C) was President of the Mind Association 1999-2000. He is the author of an article on the most central tenet of Quine's philosophy, the indeterminacy of translation, in the Cambridge Companion to Quine. His 4,000 word critical notice of Barry Stroud’s The Quest for Reality, with a reply from Stroud, will appear in Philosophical Books. He contributed `Radical Interpretation' to the MIT Encyclopaedia of the Cognitive Sciences, 1999. In February 2001 he was a speaker, along with John Campbell and Sydney Shoemaker, at the workshop on phenomenal consciousness at the University of Stirling. Three papers by him are reprinted in Jackson’s collection Consciousness (Dartmouth, 1998). His Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge) appeared in 1999. He has been a referee for Phil Quarterly, Analysis, European JP, Journal of Consciousness Studies, and has read manuscripts for Oxford and Routledge.
Clark (Reader) is currently the editor of Analysis, a journal which, because of its policy of publishing quickly and sustaining discussions, requires considerable judgement and leadership from its editor. Roughly half the items published are refereed by the editor himself, and the work occupies two days per week (papers submitted by members of the Nottingham Department are always externally refereed). He was a member of the Analysis committee for fifteen years. He is a recent invitee (1998) to CREA. He is a member of the editorial board for Law, Computers and Artificial Intelligence, and was Guest Editor of issue 4.3 of that journal. He is a member of the Philosophy group of the British Humanist Association, and is external examiner at Dundee. He has been a referee for Analysis, Law, Computers and Artificial Intelligence, NDJFL, Noûs, PAS, and has read manuscripts for Acumen, Avebury, UCL Press, Blackwell, Oxford and Routledge. He was Head of Department 1994-8 and again in 1999-2000.
Black (Lecturer Grade B) gave a paper at the Philosophy of Mathematics section of the fourth congress of the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie, 2000, in Bielefeld, of which a considerably expanded version is planned to appear in a volume edited by Wilfried Sieg (Carnegie-Mellon). He also gave a paper on the neo-Fregean foundations of arithmetic at the Institut d'Histoire et Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Université de Paris I (Sorbonne) in 1999. He has been a referee for Analysis and Erkenntnis and is currently reviewing books on the philosophy of probability for Mind and for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. He is a regular contributor the philosophy of mathematics discussion group FOM (
http://www.math.psu.edu/simpson/fom/). Of one recent intervention Harvey Friedman wrote "This is a very thoughtful and clear statement of the kind of points I was trying to make, and it is surely refreshing to see someone else make them so well."
Campbell (Lecturer Grade B) obtained his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1999. He was a visiting graduate student at Oxford (St Catherine’s College) 1995-7 and a visiting fellow at the Philosophy Program, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 1998-9. With two papers already published, he has others forthcoming in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Phil Studies and Ratio.
At his appointment Ganeri (Lecturer Grade B) was described by the Department as "the most exciting young philosopher working in [Indian Philosophy]." That has been fully justified by the publication of his Semantic Powers: Meaning and the Means of Knowing in Classical Indian Philosophy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999, second edition, forthcoming). He edited the posthumous papers of the late Bimal Matilal, Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics, Oxford (volume 1: Mind and Language, vol 2: Ethics and Epics, OUP, 2001). Ganeri’s work has been honoured by his election as Spalding Fellow in Comparative Religion at the University of Cambridge, 2000/1. He was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1999. He is the founder and sometime convenor of the Indian Philosophy program at the University of London. He organised the conference Persons, Time and Paradox, at KCL in November 1996. He spoke at the Vedanta Conference, Ohio (September 2000), and at the Moral Sciences Club, Cambridge (October 2000). He has been a referee for Analysis, Mind, Phil Quarterly, Philosophy East and West, and has read manuscripts for Blackwell and Curzon.
Ketland (Lecturer Grade B) won the 1999 Robert McKenzie LSE School Prize for his doctoral thesis, Chapter 5 of which was published in Mind. He is Treasurer of the Committee for the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and was until November 2000 an Associate Editor of Mind. He was a speaker at the British Logic Colloquium Conference, Dept of Maths, UEA, September 2000. He has recently given talks at LSE, KCL, Glasgow, Cambridge and Sheffield. He has been a referee for Analysis, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Mind, and has read manuscripts for Oxford.
Mumford’s (Lecturer Grade B) work on laws and dispositions is referred to by leading scholars in the field such as Mellor (Mind 2000) and Lewis (Phil Quarterly 1997). It has made him a significant voice in the 'laws of nature' controversy. He was invited by the literary executors of the late George Molnar to complete Molnar’s Powers: A Study in Metaphysics, which was unfinished at the time of Molnar’s death. Using additional material from some of Molnar’s published papers, Mumford has produced a manuscript of about 80,000 words, which is currently being considered by Oxford. David Armstrong will write a preface. Mumford was an invited speaker at the recent conference on Australian metaphysics held at Grenoble; in April 2001 he is a fully-funded visitor at Universita Piemonte Orientale. His book Dispositions was described in Philosophical Books (2001) as "not only the best place to begin on the subject but also the cutting edge of contemporary thinking about it". He has been a referee for Analysis, Phil Quarterly, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science and Erkenntnis and has read manuscripts for Routledge and Blackwell.
Noordhof (Lecturer Grade B) is currently on research leave, supported by a Mind Fellowship, granted to undertake work on a book on the philosophy of mind. His work has drawn responses from, among others, Dretske (Mind and Language, 1996) and Kim (PAS 1999). He is contributing to a forthcoming Festschrift for Hugh Mellor (Real Metaphysics, Routledge) and will address the Aristotelian Society in 2000/2001 on the reasons why belief is not under the agent’s control. He is the Assistant Editor of Mind, with special responsibility for reviews. He has so increased the scope of Mind’s reviews section that more reviews, on a greater variety of themes, appear in Mind than in Philosophical Books or indeed any other philosophical journal. The retiring editor of Mind said of him and of the new editor (Martin), "their excellence as philosophers and their selfless dedication to the subject, will ensure that Mind is the journal all philosophers want to read, and in which all philosophers aspire to publish" (October 2000). He was a speaker at the Nottingham conference on Imagery, Perception and Action, March 2001 and at the Sorbonne workshop on Belief, Freedom and the Will. He is on both the Council and the Executive Committee of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has two papers forthcoming in Analysis. He has been a referee for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Mind and Language, Phil Quarterly, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and has read manuscripts for CUP, MIT and Routledge.Cain (Research Fellow) is the only philosopher to have won a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 1999/2000. Overall, only one in ten applicants were successful that year. He comes to us from a temporary lectureship at Birkbeck. He has not yet approached any publishers, but Hilary Gaskin has suggested he submit the work done during his fellowship to CUP. He has been commissioned by the Guardian to write a piece on Wittgenstein for the 50
th anniversary. He has been a referee for Mind and Language.

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