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Dr Sophie Archer

The Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy
Keble College

Stipendiary Lecturer
Christ Church

Keble College
Parks Road; Oxford; OX1 3PG

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of psychology.
I have worked on the problem of self-deception, in particular, on trying to understand what the self-deceived person believes. This work prompted an interest in the question as to what it is to believe something more generally. I have been thinking about this for a number of years now and am currently collecting my thoughts (some of which have already been published or are under review in article form) into a book manuscript, Belief.
In addition to my book manuscript, I am also compiling an edited collection on the topic of salience. Salience is central to human life, yet is relatively underexplored as a philosophical topic. In my collection, I will draw together a number of contributions from across a wide philosophical spectrum – including philosophy of psychology, epistemology, feminist philosophy, ethics, philosophy of perception, and aesthetics – in the hope that understanding more about the role of salience in these different areas will facilitate an understanding of what salience is.

Sophie Archer

Career and Education

2013-2017: Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College

2012-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Southampton, affiliated with their ‘Aims and Norms’ research project

2009-2013: Ph.D., Philosophy, UCL

2007-2009: MPhil. Stud., Philosophy, UCL

2003-2007: M.A. (Hons.), Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh

Recent Publications


Under Review: 'Truth and Agency'

2015: 'Defending Exclusivity', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Early View.

2013: 'Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception', dialectica, 67 (3), pp. 265-282.


Forthcoming: Review of The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy, by Mari Mikkola, The Philosophical Quarterly.

2013: Review of The Self and Self-Knowledge, edited by Annalisa Coliva, European Journal of Philosophy, 21: S2, pp. e1-e22.

In Progress

‘Why ‘Believes’ is Not a Vague Predicate’

‘Nothing Aims at Truth’

‘Delusion and Belief’

‘Epistemic Akrasia’

Belief (book manuscript)

Salience (edited collection)

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