Professor Gregory Currie FBA

The philosophy of the visual and narrative arts and their relations to human cognition and its evolution

Elected 2019

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Greg Currie is a professor of philosophy at the University of York and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is Executive Editor of Mind & Language. His The Nature of Fiction and other works have been influential in shaping the contemporary debate about the place of imagination in the architecture of the mind. His recent book Imagining and Knowing is a (somewhat) sceptical examination of the idea that fictions are an important source of learning. His current project is a naturalistic theory of aesthetic pleasure and value which argues for a reductionist metaphysics of aesthetic properties, a close association between aesthetic sense and social cognition, and a deep connection between human aesthetic interests and the evolution of our species. He also works on the philosophy of film, filmic and literary adaptation, irony in words and pictures, and imagination and psychopathology.  

Current post

Professor of Philosophy, University of York

Past appointments

University of Nottingham Director of Research in Humanities

2010 - 2013

University of Nottingham Dean of Faculty of Arts

2004 - 2007

University of Nottingham Professor of Philosophy

2000 - 2013

University of Otago Professor of Philosophy

1990 - 1994

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