Zoe Drayson (Philosophy)

Zoe Drayson is an assistant professor of philosophy.

Zoe Drayson is interested in how the mind the works, and particularly in the different ways we have of explaining the mind: neurological, psychological, and philosophical, for example. At a formative stage, she was introduced to two influential pieces of (what was then) new work in philosophy: Tim Williamson’s work on knowledge as a factive mental state, and Andy Clark’s proposals for the extended and embodied mind. These two research programs strongly influenced her philosophical development, although in very different ways. She takes a broadly naturalistic perspective on the mind, in the sense that she thinks philosophy of mind can be informed by empirical work. But she doesn’t embrace the reductionism or eliminativism sometimes associated with such approaches, instead maintaining an interest in traditional questions concerning the metaphysics and epistemology of mental states. As a result, much of her work challenges the more radical philosophical conclusions drawn by proponents of particular approaches to cognitive science.

Professor Drayson’s research is at the intersection of philosophy and the mind-brain sciences. Her primary interest is in the nature of psychological explanation, and in the relationship between different scientific and philosophical approaches to explaining the mind.

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