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Sophie Archer

Dr Sophie Archer



Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 29208 74500
Adeilad John Percival , Ystafell 1.39, Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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My primary research interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and epistemology.

To date, I have been particularly concerned with what it is to believe something. My work on this question touches upon issues to do with epistemic normativity, agency, and irrationality and psychopathology. I am currently collecting my thoughts (some of which have already been published or are under review in article form) into a book manuscript.

I have also published an edited collection on the topic of salience. Salience is central to human life, yet is relatively underexplored as a philosophical topic. In my collection, I draw together a number of contributions from across a wide philosophical spectrum – including epistemology, philosophy of perception, philosophy of language, philosophy of psychology, practical reason, feminist philosophy, and aesthetics – in the hope that understanding more about the role of salience in these different areas will facilitate an understanding of what salience is.







Book sections


Forthcoming: 'Why do you believe that? Delusion and Epistemic Reasons' in Belief, Imagination, and Delusion, edited by Ema Sullivan-Bissett, OUP

2021: 'Salience and What Matters' in Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry, edited by Sophie Archer, Routledge

2021: Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry, edited by Sophie Archer, Routledge 

2017:  'Why 'believes' is not a vague predicate' in Philosophical Studies

2015: 'Defending Exclusivity' in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

2013: 'Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception' in dialectica

2013: 'Review of 'The Self and Self-Knowledge' edited by Annalisa Coliva' in European Journal of Philosophy


Autumn Semester 2019-20

Belief and Irrationality

Spring Semester 2019-20

Four Great Works in Philosophy

Debates in the History of Philosophy



2018-Present: Lecturer in Philosophy, Cardiff University
2013-18: Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy, Christ Church, University of Oxford
2013-18: The Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College, University of Oxford
2012-13: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southampton
2009-13: PhD Philosophy, University College London
2007-09: MPhil Stud Philosophy, University College London
2003-07: MA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

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I am happy to supervise graduate students working in any of my research areas. I would be particularly interested to supervise projects on:

the nature of belief;

irrationality (both theoretical and practical).

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