Mark Sprevak

I am Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) at the University of Edinburgh.

My primary research interests are in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, with particular focus on the cognitive sciences.

I am interested in building bridges between current philosophical work on cognition and the wider humanities.

I did my Ph.D. in 2006 under the supervision of Professor Peter Lipton at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. After finishing my Ph.D., I was a Junior Research Fellow and then a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. I have been an academic visitor in Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, and Florence. I have been at the University of Edinburgh since 2011.

I am currently Director of Knowledge Exchange and Impact for PPLS as well as Deputy Director for Research. I was Undergraduate Teaching Director in Philosophy, 2012–15 and Deputy Head of Subject Area, 2013–15.

I am CoI on the AHRC grant, ‘A History of Distributed Cognition’ (2014–18). I am running knowledge exchange events on mind perception and the Turing Test. I am one of the organisers of the Mind Network. I teach on the University of Edinburgh’s MOOC, Philosophy and the Sciences.

My wife, Michela Massimi, is also a philosopher of science at the University of Edinburgh. Our son, Edward, was born in 2010.

Research topics

  • Computational theories of mind

  • Embodied, extended, and distributed cognition

  • Realism/anti-realism about the mind

  • Artificial intelligence and Bayesian inference