Sophie Archer

Sophie Archer
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2013 - 2017 Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Southampton, affiliated with their ‘Aims and Norms’ research project
2009 - 2013 Ph.D., Philosophy, UCL
2007 - 2009 MPhil. Stud., Philosophy, UCL
2003 - 2007 M.A. (Hons.), Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh


Forthcoming: 'Obsessive Thought and Salience', Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry, Sophie Archer ed., Routledge.

2017: 'Why 'believes' is not a vague predicate', Philosophical Studies.

2015: 'Defending Exclusivity', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Early View. 

2013: 'Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception', dialectica, 67 (3), pp. 265-282.



Forthcoming: Review of The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy, by Mari Mikkola, The Philosophical Quarterly.

2013: Review of The Self and Self-Knowledge, edited by Annalisa Coliva, European Journal of Philosophy, 21: S2, pp. e1-e22.


In Progress

'Truth and Agency'

‘Nothing Aims at Truth’

‘Delusion and Belief’

‘Epistemic Akrasia’

'What is Salience?'

Belief (book manuscript)


Edited Collection

Forthcoming: Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry, Routledge.

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.

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