Professor Jennifer Hornsby
Jennifer Hornsby’s BA, MPhil and PhD are from Oxford, London and Cambridge respectively. She was a founder member of the Centre for the Study of the Mind in Nature, Oslo, and has been CoDirector of its Rational Agency section since 1997. She has held research positions in U.S.A., Australia and Norway. She is Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford where she was a Tutorial Fellow from 1978 until she came to Birkbeck where she has taught since 1995. She was President of the Aristotelian Society 1995–6. She was elected a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy in 2010. She will be President of the Mind Association 2013–4.
Recent and Upcoming Talks
‘Putting Knowledge into Practice’
Knowledge and Action. Institute of Philosophy, 7–8 June, 2012.
‘Communication and Colouring’
Hybrid Theories in Meta-ethics, University of Edinburgh, 2–3 July, 2012.
‘Wittgenstein’s question and Disjunctivism’
Disjunctivism in Action, Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, 25–26 September, 2012.
‘Perception, Action, Causality’
Action and Reason: A Symposium in Honour of Fred Stoutland, Uppsala University, 16–17 November, 2012.
‘Putting (basic?) knowledge into action’
Knowledge and Action, C.S.M.N., Oslo, 19 November, 2012.
‘Zeno in Action’
Zeno Lecture, University of Utrecht, 28 February,
‘Process in Mind’
Meeting of the Mind Network, Institute of Philosophy, 23 March, 2013.
‘What’s Intentionally Done’
Colloquium, Ryerson University, Toronto, 16 April, 2013.
‘On Ryle’s Knowing How To’
Practical Knowledge, University of Leipzig, 19–21 April, 2013.
‘Accuracy and Integrity’
Workshop and Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture on Press Ethics and The Leveson Inquiry, 13 May 2013.
Inaugural Address,JJoint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, Exeter, 12–14 July, 2013.
‘Free Speech and Pornographic “Speech Acts”’
BSET Annual Conference, Institute of Philosophy, 15–17 July, 2013.
36th International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium, on Mind, Language and Action, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 11–17 August, 2013.
‘Causality and Activity’
50 years Actions Reasons and Causes, The Academy , Mülheim an der Ruhr, 5-7 September,
‘Knowledge Acquired and Put into Practice’
Reasons: Action, Belief, Perception, University of Saarbrucken, 10–12 October, 2013.
Jen has organized 3 recent Workshops.
Two were Birkbeck based, and focus on topics in the project of Christos Douskos from the University of Parts who holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department. These are: Habits, Skills and Action Explanation, 23 March, 2013; and Aspect, Process and Know-How, 11 May, 2013.
The third Workshop, on Helen Steward’s book A Metaphysics for Freedom, was held at C.S.M.N., Oslo, 4–6 April, 2013. A special issue of Inquiry containing eight papers from the workshop with Helen Steward’s reply will be published in late 2013.
- Philosophy of action, mind and language
- Topics in metaphysics: especially causality and temporal ontology
- Topics in social and feminist philosophy relating to lanugage use
Jen welcomes research students in any of the areas of her research interests.