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Dr Nick Unwin

Dr Nick Unwin

Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 593581
Office hours: My office hours are Friday, 2.00 - 4.00 p.m.  

My research has spanned several areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, I have written and am writing on the identity conditions for events, properties, and for physical objects that persist and change through time. In the theory of knowledge, I have written and am writing on the underdetermination of theories by data. In the philosophy of language, I have written and am writing on the nature of truth and its importance. In ethical theory, I have written on technical issues concerning how ethical judgements fit together (the ‘Frege-Geach problem'). In the philosophy of mind, I have written on the nature of colour. I am also interested in early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.

PhD Supervision Interests

Philosophy of mind, especially perception; ethical theory, especially expressivism; metaphysics, especially the nature of events and causation; theory of knowledge and philosophy of science, especially underdetermination, scepticism and the nature of belief; philosophy of language, especially the nature of truth; early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.

Profile

Career Details

1977-8. Tutorial teaching at University of Oxford

1978-80. Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Essex

1980-2007. Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bolton

Affiliation and Outside Duties

Member of Management Committee, British Society for the History of Philosophy (1999-2008), (Treasurer and Membership Secretary, 1999-2006)

Member, British Society for Ethical Theory

External Examiner, University of Birmingham, 2005-8.

Research Interests

I am currently working on the following papers:

'Expressivism and the Metaphysics of Consciousness'

which addresses the current debate about the possibility of philosophical 'zombies';

A related paper on panpsychism:

'Nagel, Panpsychism and Realism'

a paper on truth:

'Truthmakers, Events and Supervenience'

and

'Properties, Concepts and Empirical Identity'

which examines the connection between properties and concepts.

Current Teaching

I teach PPR.305 (Logic and Language) and the Critical Thinking component of PHIL100 in the Michaelmas term. In the Lent term, I teach PPR.204 (Knowledge and Reality). Teaching interests also include: philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, ethical theory, and early modern philosophy (especially Locke and Kant). I am also the course convenor of the postgraduate module PPR.452: Doing Contemporary Philosophy.

Office Hours

My office hours are Friday, 2.00 - 4.00 p.m.

 

2012

The Language of Colour: Neurology and the Ineffable

Unwin, N. 12/2012 In: Biolinguistics. 6, 3-4, p. 475-490 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Why do colours look the way they do?

Unwin, N. 2011 In: Philosophy. 86 , 3, p. 405-424 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Aiming at Truth.

Unwin, N. 2007 Palgrave Macmillan. 288 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Divine Hoorays: Some Parallels Between Expressivism and Religious Ethics.

Unwin, N. 11/2006 In: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 77, 3, p. 659-684 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

What Does It Mean to Aim at Truth?

Unwin, N. 1/04/2003 In: American Philosophical Quarterly. 40, 2, p. 91-104 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Locke on language and real essences: a defense.

Unwin, N. 2002 Locke: epistemology and metaphysics. Thiel, U. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

Norms and Negation: A Problem for Gibbard's Logic.

Unwin, N. 1/01/2001 In: The Philosophical Quarterly. 51, 202, p. 60-75 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Quasi-Realism, Negation, and the Frege-Geach Problem

Unwin, N. 07/1999 In: The Philosophical Quarterly. 49, 196, p. 337-352 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1996

The Individuation of Events

Unwin, N. 04/1996 In: Mind. 105, 418, p. 315-330 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Cultures and total frameworks.

Unwin, N. 1996 Culture and identity: selected aspects and approaches. Stern-Gillet, S. (ed.). Katowice: University of Silesia Press, p. 54-64 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Locke on language and real essences: a defense.

Unwin, N. 1996 In: History of Philosophy Quarterly. 13, 2, p. 205-219 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1990

Can emotivism sustain a social ethics?

Unwin, N. 06/1990 In: Ratio. 3, 1, p. 64-81 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1987

Beyond Truth: Towards a New Conception of Knowledge and Communication

Unwin, N. 1987 In: Mind. XCVI , 383, p. 299-317 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1985

Morality, Law and the Evaluation of Values

Unwin, N. 1985 In: Mind. XCIV, 376, p. 538-549 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Relativism and moral complacency.

Unwin, N. 04/1985 In: Philosophy. 60, 232, p. 205-214 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1984

Substance, essence, and conceptualism.

Unwin, N. 1984 In: Ratio. 26, 1, p. 41-53 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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