David Cockburn

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Prof David Cockburn MA, BPhil, DPhil

Emeritus Professor

E-mail: d.cockburn@tsd.ac.uk

David Cockburn, who has also taught at University of Wales Swansea, the Open University, Abo Akademi in Finland, and the University of East Anglia, is Professor of Philosophy at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

David held a British Academy Research Readership 1994-96. His publications include: Hume (Open University Press, 1983); Other Human Beings (Macmillan, 1990); Human Beings (ed) (Cambridge University Press, 1991) (the proceedings of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference on Human Beings held at Lampeter in 1990); Other Times: philosophical perspectives on past, present and future (Cambridge University Press, 1997); An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Palgrave, 2001). His research areas include Hume, Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind, Time, Causation and Ethics. Offers specialist supervision in Philosophy of Mind; Epistemology; Wittgenstein; Time; Metaphysics.

He is Associate Editor of Philosophical Investigations, a Committee Member of the British Wittgenstein Society and Secretary of the Welsh Philosophical Society. He organized the British Wittgenstein Society conference on ‘Wittgenstein and the Swansea School’ held at the University’s conference centre, Gregynog Hall, in 2011.

  • Secretary of the Welsh Philosophical Society
  • Associate Editor of Philosophical Investigations
  • Committee Member, British Wittgenstein Society

I am currently offering research degree supervision in the areas of Wittgenstein and the philosophy of religion.

My most significant publications are in the areas of philosophy of mind and time. These include: Other Human Beings (Macmillans, 1990), Other Times: Philosophical perspectives on past, present and future (Cambridge University  Press, 1997); An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Palgrave, 2001). My current research focuses on the areas of mind, language and love.

  • ‘People and their bodies’, Trivium 37, 2007
  • ‘Wittgenstein: the end of metaphysics?’, Dewi Z. Phillips and Mario von der Ruhr (eds) Religion and the End of Metaphysics, (Mohr Siebeck, 2008)
  • ‘Emotion, expression and conversation’, Ylva Gustafson, Camilla Kronqvist, Michael McEachrane (eds) Emotions and Understanding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • ‘Rush Rhees: The Reality of Discourse’, John Edelman (ed) Sense and Reality (Ontos Verlag, 2009)
  • ‘Time in Consciousness; Consciousness in Time’, Pierfrancesco Basile, Julian Keverstein, Pauline Phemister (eds), The Metaphysics of Consciousnes (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • 'In the Beginning Was the Deed', Philosophical Investigations, September 2013
  • ‘Ethics and Language: What We Owe to Speakers’, Niklas Forsberg, Mikel Burley, Nora Hämäläinen (eds), Language, Ethics and Animal Life: Wittgenstein and Beyond, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)
  • ‘Love and Identity’,  Frontiers of Philosophy in China. 2013, 8 (4)
  • ‘Philosophical reflections on a study of language in primates’, Penny Dransart (ed), Vital powers and politics (Berg, 2013)
  • ‘Trust in conversation’, forthcoming in Nordic Wittgenstein Review
  • 1994-96 British Academy Reader
  • 2011 British Wittgenstein Society conference on ‘Wittgenstein and the Swansea School’
  • 2013 Visiting Fellow at Flinders University, Adelaide