Martin Davies


Martin Davies is Emeritus Wilde Professor of Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He was Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy from 1993 to 2000 and then took up a Professorship in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, returning to Oxford as Wilde Professor from 2006 until he retired in 2017.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University (where he was an undergraduate in philosophy and mathematics, 1968–72) and Distinguished Visiting Focus Professor in Monash University Philosophy Department’s Focus Program on Belief, Value, and Mind.

His research interests are in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with recent work on Charles Sanders Peirce on abduction and belief formation, delusions (including anosognosia for motor impairments), the methodology of cognitive neuropsychology, and consciousness; and empirical collaborations on inattentional blindness, the rubber hand illusion (parasagittal-mirror version and self-touch version) and motion-induced blindness.

He is a Fellow of both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

The image at the top of this page is:

Sonatina in Red & Green (triptych), acrylic on canvas, 75x75cm, 2010  ©Andrea McCuaig 2010. Photo credit: RLDI.