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Dr William E.S. McNeill PhD, MPhil

Lecturer in Philosophy, Senior Tutor, Dissertation Co-ordinator

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I study the philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, the sciences and epistemology.

My current research concerns the nature and epistemological role of perception – both natural and artificial.

What can artificial neural networks tell us about natural cognitive processes and their epistemological role?

How can we provide a good model of the role of perceptual experience in securing knowledge of our environment?

I teach subjects including the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind & psychology, the epistemology of mind and early modern philosophy.

Advice and Feedback Hours

Tuesday 10:30-11:30
Friday 10:30-11:30

In room 1131 at Avenue (Building 65).

Research interests

Artificial intelligence – explanatory opacity, the nature and role of machine learning systems, the ramifications of their implementation

Perception, perceptual recognition and perceptual knowledge – high-level feature recognition, the role of inference in perceptual knowledge

Epistemology - the natures of good inductive inference and scientific explanation

Social cognition and infant social development

Research group

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology

Advisory Board Member – Network+ grant, artificial intelligence for scientific development

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Book Chapter

Philosophy of Science

Problems of Other Minds

Appearance & Reality

Philosophy of Mind

Freedom & Responsibility

UG dissertations – artificial intelligence and artificial moral agency

MA Research Skills

MA Consciousness

Dr William E.S. McNeill

Room Number: 65/1131

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