I’m a lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Director of Studies at Selwyn College Cambridge. My research covers a range of topics in philosophy of mind, psychology, metaphysics, aesthetics and the philosophy of business. My introductory book What is Philosophy of Mind? is available from Polity Press. Check out the banner below for a 20% discount.
Right now I’m focussing on how the skills we acquire alter our perception and guide our action. When you learn to drive, for instance, it literally changes how the road looks. I’m interested in how this works. This ties in with recent work in which I’ve developed the concept of ‘affordances for mental action’. Long-standing work in philosophy and psychology suggests that we see our environment in terms of the actions we can perform in it e.g. we perceive a teapot as affording gripping. I suggest we also see our environment in terms of the mental actions available to us e.g. we perceive things as affording acts of attention, imagination, deliberation etc. You can find out more about my research here.
I’m also keen to bring insights from philosophy and psychology to the business world. I have a blog on the philosophy of business and have talked to various companies about how research can be applied in their field. I’m an Associate Leader of Outstanding.Global – a personal and professional development consultancy promoting open-minded leadership. You can find out more about my business engagement here.
Beyond philosophy, I do voluntary work protecting the natural environment of my small village in Suffolk. This involves everything from trimming trees in the rain to developing local planning policy. I’m partial to whisky, comics, cats and a good pot of tea.
And here’s a link to my CV: McClelland CV April 2021