Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
PhilosophyPart of HumanitiesPostgraduate study

Ms. Sophie Keeling 

Post Graduate Researcher (PGR)

Ms. Sophie Keeling's photo

Ms. Sophie Keeling is a Post Graduate Researcher (PGR) within Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

I hold a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Cardiff University and an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick. Having developed a background in both subjects, I decided that my interests lay primarily in philosophy, and specifically the philosophy of mind and self-knowledge.

Research interests

I am currently looking at self-knowledge (and how we lack it!). Traditionally, both philosophers and folk alike have thought that we can learn of our mental states in a distinctive way – that is, we have privileged access to our minds but not others’. This claim, though, has received scrutiny of late, and so I am considering it afresh. In doing so, I focus on self-knowledge of why we have our attitudes (e.g. beliefs, desires, intentions). This is a matter of what explains the subject’s having the attitude. It might be their motivating reason for their belief that p, say – the reason for which they believe that p – or alternatively a purely causal explanatory reason – e.g. that they are biased.

In the thesis I examine self-knowledge of why we have our attitudes by way of what I term the ‘problem cases’ for self-knowledge – ignorance and error about our minds, and irrationality. My main questions are:

  • What do the problem cases indicate regarding self-knowledge?
  • Do they provide  reason for thinking that it is distinctive, is not distinctive, or are they neutral on the  issue?

This term I will be leading a seminar group as part of the first year Ethics module.

Ms. Sophie Keeling
Student Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom
Share this profile Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.