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. From 2002 to 2004 I held a Government of Ireland Post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Then I lectured at Trinity College Dublin, until joining the department at Lancaster in 2005.
I have a diverse range of research interests, most of them being linked in one way or another to philosophical questions arising from psychology. I have published papers on psychoanalysis understood in the light of analytic philosophy of mind, and on the theoretical underpinnings and implications of evolutionary psychology. Regarding both psychoanalysis and evolutionary psychology, I see myself as a friendly critic. More recently, I have been working on the philosophical implications of the Situationist Thesis in social psychology. Aside from that, I have also worked in analytic philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion and philosophy of biology. I also have an interest in the history of analytic philosophy in the mid-twentieth century, in particular in the work of L. Susan Stebbing, Gilbert Ryle, and J.L. Austin. 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.
PhD Supervision Interests
Philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, psychoanalysis, analytic philosophy of religion, Stebbing, Ryle, Austin, Dennett
The Situationist Challenge to Free Will
Garvey, B.P. 26/12/2018 In: Free Will & Action. Springer p. 71-87. 17 p. ISBN: 9783319992945. Electronic ISBN: 9783319992952.
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