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Dr Sophie Archer

Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy


Research Interests

My primary research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of psychology.

I have worked on the problem of self-deception, in particular, on trying to understand what the self-deceived person believes. This work prompted an interest in the question as to what it is to believe something more generally. I have been thinking about this for a number of years now and am currently collecting my thoughts (some of which have already been published or are under review in article form) into a book manuscript, Belief.

I also have an edited collection forthcoming with Routledge 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.

Recent Publications

  • Archer, S., 'Why 'believes' is not a vague predicate' in Philosophical Studies (2017)
  • Archer, S., 'Defending Exclusivity' in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2015)
  • Archer, S., 'Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception' in dialectica, 67(3) (2013), 265-282
  • Archer, S. , 'Review of 'The Self and Self-Knowledge' edited by Annalisa Coliva' in European Journal of Philosophy, 21 S2 (2013), e1-e22
  • Archer, S., 'Review of 'The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy', by Mari Mikkola' in The Philosophical Quarterly, Forthcoming
  • 'Obsessive Thought and Salience' in Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry, ed. Archer, S. (Routledge,)
  • Archer, S., Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry (Routledge,)

Academic Biography

  • Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy, Christ Church College, Oxford University (2013 - present)
  • Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College (2013 - present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Southampton (2012 - 2013)
  • PhD Philosophy, University College London (2009 - 2013)
  • MPhil Stud, Philosophy, University College London (2007 - 2009)
  • MA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Edinburgh (2003 - 2007)

College Contact Details

Dr Sophie Archer
Keble College
Telephone: 01865 272727
Fax: 01865 272705

Faculty/Dept. Information

Faculty of Philosophy
Radcliffe Humanities
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6GG