University of Nottingham
University of Leeds



Project fellowships



Margaret Moore

Margaret is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leeds. She recently completed her PhD in Philosophy at Temple University (2010).  Her philosophical interests include aesthetics, philosophy of music, philosophy of mind (especially imagination and perception), logic, history of philosophy (especially Plato), and philosophy of history.  Her dissertation examined the topic of "inner hearing" and its relation to imagination and to musical understanding.  She has published several articles with Noel Carroll on topics related to the philosophy of music, including "Moving in Concert: Dance in Music", forthcoming in Goldie and Schellekens (eds) Aesthetic Psychology. 

During her time as post-doctoral researcher, Margaret will be continuing her work on music and imagination by looking at ways in which recent work in the cognitive neuroscience of music can either inform or be informed by traditional philosophy of music.  One topic that falls under this purview is the idea of musical polyglotism, i.e. what mental competencies underlie a listener's ability to understand music of multiple cultures.  She is also interested in the history of aesthetics, especially in the ways in which recent developments in the science of perception relate to the philosophical questions of aesthetic perception initiated in 18th century England and Germany.
She is also a flutist and violinist.

Jon Robson

Jon is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Nottingham. His postdoctoral research project focuses on scientific challenges to the possibility, or at least actuality, of aesthetic perception as a source of warrant. A great deal of work in aesthetics presupposes that, at least some, aesthetic properties are perceptible but there are a variety of reasons stemming from, for instance, cognitive science to be sceptical of any such claim. He will focus on two main areas of scepticism. Firstly, the view that perception of aesthetic properties (if they are anything like most analytic philosophers take them to be) is impossible, or at least impossible for creatures with our limited cognitive capacities. Secondly, the claim that even if such perception is possible there are good empirical grounds for believing that it is too easily and commonly distorted to serve as a reliable source of warrant for our aesthetic beliefs. His initial view is that both these sources of scepticism can be countered by the realist about aesthetic perception, and that analysing the reason these sceptical challenges fail will have important consequences in terms of perception and aesthetic judgement.
Jon undertook his doctoral research at the University of Leeds. His thesis examined the interplay between metaphysics and ethics and culminated in a defence of a metaethical theory building on the work of David Lewis. Beyond the current project his research interests in aesthetics include the philosophy of videogames and moral issues surrounding fictions. Outside of aesthetics his primary areas of research are in metaphysics (especially philosophy of time), philosophy of religion, ethics and epistemology.

‘A Mereological Challenge to Endurantism’ (2007), Australasian Journal of Philosophy (co-authored with Nikk Effingham).

‘Video Games and the Moving Image’ (forthcoming), invited paper for special issue of the Revue Internationale de Philosophie edited by Noel Carroll (co-authored with Aaron Meskin).