Anil Gomes
Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy

Teaching philosophy is another way of doing philosophy

Profile

I went to a comprehensive school in Manchester, then studied for my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Oxford. After leaving Oxford I worked in the civil service and the Houses of Parliament before taking up a position at Birkbeck College in the University of London in 2008. I joined Trinity in 2011 as Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy.

I particularly welcome applications from students at non-selective state schools and colleges which may not have a tradition of students applying to Oxford.

Teaching

I teach a wide range of undergraduate papers. These include topic-based papers such as Ethics, Knowledge and Reality, and Philosophy of Mind, and historical papers such as Early Modern Philosophy and Philosophy of Kant.

I supervise graduate students at the BPhil and DPhil level on topics related to the Philosophy of Mind and Kant’s theoretical philosophy.

Research

I’m interested in our ordinary thinking about mentality and, in particular, in questions about how our knowledge of the mind relates to the nature of the mind. This is a deeply Kantian topic, and part of my work includes thinking through Kant’s writings on this topic. Kant held there to be a deep connection between our conscious engagement with the world and our self-conscious recognition of ourselves as subjects capable of engaging with the world. This is an intriguing and puzzling idea, and one which I think it worthwhile to pursue. You can read more about my research in an interview I did for 3:AM Magazine.

I have just edited a collection on Kant and the Philosophy of Mind, published by Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

Copies of my papers can be found at http://www.anilgomes.com/.