I am a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at King’s College, London, where I teach philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology to students in the Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology departments.

My research is in empirically-informed philosophy of mind and philosophy of the cognitive sciences. One strand of my research is on representation: how and why does the mind represent the world, and what is representation, anyway? The other main strand is on action and motivation: what are the processes that contribute to determining how we act, and what is it about them that makes us autonomous, rational agents (to the extent that we are)?

I was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp from 2016 to 2017, and a Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford from 2014 to 2017. At Hertford I taught ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, and logic.

In 2015 I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy at King’s College, London, where I was supervised by David Papineau and Nick Shea.

My CV is here, and my email address is patrick.butlin [at] gmail.com.


Representation and the Active Consumer – Synthese, forthcoming. [postprint]

Why Hunger is not a Desire – Review of Philosophy and Psychology 8(3): 617-635. 2017. [postprint] [published version]

Normal and Addictive Desires (with David Papineau) – In Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the Relationship, eds. Nick Heather & Gabriel Segal, Oxford University Press. 2016. [postprint] [published version]

Ph.D. Thesis

The Direction of Fit of Desire – Ph.D. thesis, King’s College, London, 2015.