Areas of Expertise: Philosophy
Mike works primarily within the philosophy of mind, with particular interests in the nature and the development of human social understanding and interaction.
Mike has been a Lecturer in Philosophy at ARU since 2010, and the Course Leader for Philosophy (and for Philosophy and English Literature) since 2017. He had previously spent several years teaching English in Prague and London, before winning a Graduate Teaching Scholarship at the University of York, where he completed his PhD in 2008 on the role of social understanding in intentional thought.
He is the author of a range of articles and presentations relating to social cognition, collective intentionality, common knowledge and joint attention. He was the winner of the inaugural 2010 Philosophical Explorations essay prize for his paper ‘The Simplicity of Mutual Knowledge’ and is the editor of ‘Joint Attention’ on the international philosophy database philpapers.com.
Mike is currently engaged with a range of cross-disciplinary issues clustered around the philosophy of artificial intelligence, developmental psychology, social agency and social cognition.
Mike currently teaches on the following modules:
2020. From Joint Attention to Common Knowledge (Critical Notice of Axel Seemann’s The Shared World). Journal of Mind and Behavior, 41 (3 & 4): 293-306
2020. Modest Sociality, Minimal Cooperation and Natural Intersubjectivity. In A.Fiebich (ed). Minimal Cooperation and Shared Agency. pp. 127-148. Springer: Switzerland
2019. Francis Bacon: The 17th Century Philosopher Whose Ideas Could Help Solve Climate Change Today. The Conversation (republished in 2020 for the World Economic Forum)
2012. Subject, Mode and Content in We-Intentions. Phenomenology and Mind (2): 78-87
2012. Embodying the False-Belief Tasks. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Science. 11(4): 519-540
2010. The Simplicity of Mutual Knowledge. Philosophical Explorations, 13:2, 83-100
March 2021. Common Knowledge: What it is and Why We Need It, Cambridge Festival, UK
July 2020. Moral Responsibility and Variable Frame Theory, Social Ontology, Switzerland
June 2020. Developing Artificial Minds: Joint Attention, AI and Developmental Psychology, Cambridge Science Festival, UK
October 2019. Transformative Experience, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, UK
June 2019. Common Knowledge and Hinge Epistemology, Social Ontology, Finland
November 2018. Hearts of Darkness: Extremes of Wrong-Doing from Augustine to Arendt, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, UK
April 2018. The Ethical Implications of AI, Computing and AI Workshop, UK
June 2016. Three Ways to Solve a Coordination Problem, Collective Intentionality 12, The Hague, Holland
July 2014. Collectivity and the Individual, Workshop on Collectivity, Bristol, UK
November 2013. Natural Intersubjectivity, 40 Years of Philosophy at ARU, Cambridge, UK
August 2012. The Sense in Joint Attention, Collective Intentionality 10, Manchester, UK