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Sophie Archer

Dr Sophie Archer



School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 29208 74500
John Percival Building, Room 1.39, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


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.






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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


I have taught or co-taught the following modules at Cardiff.


Critical Thinking, Debates in the History of Philosophy, Four Great Works in Philosophy, Epistemology, Belief and Irrationality, UG Dissertation


Irrationality, Philosophy Research and Communication Skills, MA Dissertation


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


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).

Research themes