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Cynthia Macdonald


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Cynthia received her BPhil and DPhil Degrees from the University of Oxford.  She joined the Manchester Philosophy Discipline Area in October 2011, having previously been Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast (2005-2011) and at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1998-2005).  Prior to this, she was lecturer/senior lecturer/reader in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Cynthia has held the Belle van Zuylen Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of Utrecht and has held visiting professorships at Rutgers and Columbia Universities and visiting scholar positions at the Rockerfeller Foundation Residential Study and Conference Centre, Bellagio, and the Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut. She has been the recepient of grants and awards for research projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, and the Mind Association.  She is  Consulting Editor for the Sweedish journal Theoria and a member of the editorial boards of several other journals.


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Research interests

My primary interests lie in an area intersecting philosophy of mind and metaphysics (ontology and causality), and in cognitive science.  My research focuses on  mental causation and explanation, the nature of psychological explanation, and externalism and self-knowledge.  I am currently engaged in two main research projects.  One, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is on the topic of authoritative self-knowledge.  The other, with Graham Macdonald and funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Mind Association, is on the topic of mental causation and explanation in the special sciences.


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