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Dr. Sarah Sawyer

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sussex

Sussex Profile

Sarah Sawyer graduated from Kings College London with a PhD in Philosophy in 1998. She has since worked at the University of St. Andrews, the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Sussex.

Research Areas

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology and Metaphysics.



Current Research Projects

Self-Knowledge Research Project
(Oviedo and Murcia, Spain) From January 2013 – January 2016
Dr Sawyer will be involved in the research project “Transparency in belief and self-knowledge” funded by a branch of the Spanish Government. The project consists of two sub-projects: “Belief, truth and transparency”, based in Oviedo; and “Self-knowledge, expression and transparency”, based in Murcia. It involves 7 researchers in Universities in Spain, the UK and the US.


Extended Knowledge Research Project
(Eidyn Centre, Edinburgh)
From January 2103 – December 2015
Dr Sawyer will be involved in the Extended Knowledge project based at the Eidyn research centre in Edinburgh. It involves a large number of researchers from across the world. Find out more at the the project website.

Selected Bibliography
  • (2012) ‘Social Anti-Individualism and the Mental’, for the SAGE Reference project Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences
  • (2012) ‘Empty Names’ in D. Graff Fara & G. Russell (eds) Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language
  • (2011) ‘Internalism and Externalism in Mind’, in J. Garvey (ed.) The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Mind
  • (2007) ‘There is No Viable Notion of Narrow Content’ in B. McLaughlin & J. Cohen (eds) Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Mind (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd)
  • (2006) ‘Externalism, Apriority and Transmission of Warrant’ in T. Marvan (ed.) What Determines Content? – the Internalism / Externalism Dispute (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press)
  • (2005) ‘The Role of Object-Dependent Content in Psychological Explanation’, Teorema: Special Issue Proceedings of the XIV University Workshop on Philosophy and Cognitive Science.
  • (2004) ‘Absences, Presences and Sufficient Conditions’, Analysis Vol. 64:4 pp. 354-57.
  • (2003) ‘Absences Sufficient’, Analysis Vol. 63:3 pp. 202-208.
  • (2003)‘Conceptual Errors and Social Externalism’, Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 53: 211 pp. 265-273.
  • (2002) ‘In Defence of Burge’s Thesis’, Philosophical Studies Vol. 107:2 pp. 109-128.
  • (2001) ‘The Epistemic Divide’, The Southern Journal of Philosophy Vol. 39:3 pp. 385-401.
  • (1999) ‘An Externalist Account of Introspective Knowledge’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 80:4 pp. 358-378.
  • (1999) ‘My Language Disquotes’, Analysis Vol. 59:3 pp. 206-211.
  • (1998) ‘Privileged Access to the World’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 76:4 pp. 523-533.