Dr Brian Garvey



Career details

I did a B.A. in philosophy and politics, and an M.A. in philosophy, both at University College Dublin; and a PhD in philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. The topic of my PhD thesis was Freud's Psychoanalysis of Religion. It was while working on this that I developed an interest in evolutionary psycholgy, and a large part of the thesis ended up exploring the idea of Freud as a proto-evolutionary-psychologist, and asking how well his account of the origins of religion stand up when viewed in this light. Following that I held a Government of Ireland Post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, during which time I took my interest in evolutionary psychology further. Then I lectured at Trinity College Dublin, until joining the department at Lancaster in 2005.

Free will, compatibilism, and the human nature wars: should we be worried?
Garvey, B. 2012 In: Philosophy of Behavioral Biology. Boston, Mass. : Springer p. 255-274. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Darwinism and environmentalism
Garvey, B. 10/2011 In: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. 69, p. 67-82. 15 p.
Journal article

Absence of evidence, evidence of absence and the atheist's teapot
Garvey, B. 11/05/2010 In: Ars Disputandi : the Online Journal for Philosophy of Religion . 10, n/a, p. 9-22. 14 p.
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Quasi-beliefs and crazy beliefs: subdoxastic states and the "special characteristics" of the unconscious
Garvey, B. 11/2007 In: Origins and ends of the mind. Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press p. 37-57. 21 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Philosophy of Biology.
Garvey, B.P. 2007 Acumen. 274 p. ISBN: 978-1-84465-071-2.

Nature, nurture and why the pendulum still swings.
Garvey, B.P. 1/06/2005 In: Canadian Journal of Philosophy. 35, 2, p. 309-331. 23 p.
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Review of Jerry Fodor : Hume variations.
Garvey, B. 12/2004 In: International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 12, 4
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Review of Matthew Elton : Daniel Dennett : reconciling science and our self-conception.
Garvey, B. 03/2004 In: International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 12, 1
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Darwinian functions and Freudian motivations.
Garvey, B.P. 1/06/2003 In: Biology and Philosophy. 18, 3, p. 427-444. 18 p.
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Finally, the big picture (critical notice of Stephen Jay Gould's The structure of evolutionary theory).
Garvey, B. 09/2001 In: International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 11, 3
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Simon Browne and the paradox of 'being in denial'.
Garvey, B.P. 1/03/2001 In: Inquiry. 44, 1, p. 3-19. 17 p.
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Freudian mental preservation without Lamarck.
Garvey, B. 2001 In: Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. 23, 3
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Adolph Grunbaum on religious delusions.
Garvey, B. 03/1999 In: Religious Studies. 35, 1, p. 19-35. 17 p.
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