Dr Brian GarveyLecturer
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.
My research interests cover areas relating to philosophy of mind and to the theory of evolution, and the interface between the two. I have published papers on the incorrigibility of conscious states, on psychoanalysis understood in the light of analytic philosophy of mind, and on the theoretical underpinnings and implications of Evolutionary Psychology. The last-named has been a major focus of my research, and I see myself as a friendly rather than hostile critic of the project of Evolutionary Psychology. I also have a special interest in the work of the philosophers of mind Gilbert Ryle and Daniel Dennett. I recently edited a volume on J.L. Austin on Language, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2014 as part of their series Philosophers in Depth. More recently, I have been working on the problem of Free Will, and in particular the implications (if any) of the Situationist Thesis in social psychology for free will.
PhD Supervision Interests
Philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, psychoanalysis, Ryle, Austin, Dennett
The Situationist Challenge to Free Will
Garvey, B.P. 30/06/2018 In: Free Will & Action. Springer
The evolution of morality and its rollback
Garvey, B.P. 06/2018 In: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 40, 19 p.
J.L. Austin on Language
Garvey, B.P. 2014 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 241 p. ISBN: 9781137329981. Electronic ISBN: 9781137329998.
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.
Darwinism and environmentalism
Garvey, B. 10/2011 In: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. 69, p. 67-82. 15 p.
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.
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.
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.
Review of Jerry Fodor : Hume variations.
Garvey, B. 12/2004 In: International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 12, 4
Review of Matthew Elton : Daniel Dennett : reconciling science and our self-conception.
Garvey, B. 03/2004 In: International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 12, 1
Darwinian functions and Freudian motivations.
Garvey, B.P. 1/06/2003 In: Biology and Philosophy. 18, 3, p. 427-444. 18 p.
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
Simon Browne and the paradox of 'being in denial'.
Garvey, B.P. 1/03/2001 In: Inquiry. 44, 1, p. 3-19. 17 p.
Freudian mental preservation without Lamarck.
Garvey, B. 2001 In: Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. 23, 3
Adolph Grunbaum on religious delusions.
Garvey, B. 03/1999 In: Religious Studies. 35, 1, p. 19-35. 17 p.
- Philosophy of Mind and Psychology