The Network

The Network is comprised of seven institutions from the US, UK, and Europe, facilitating large-scale collaboration of researchers seeking to understand the nature of first-person thought.

University of Aberdeen is the lead institution in the network. Research strengths of the university’s philosophy department include philosophy of language, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. The project lead, Dr Stephan Torre, and the network facilitator, Irmina Zborowska, are both based at the University of Aberdeen.

ConceptLab, based at the University of Oslo, is a research group whose main mission is to foster collaborative research in the central areas of theoretical philosophy. ConceptLab has numerous world-leading researchers in the philosophy of mind and language. The institutional lead, Professor Herman Cappelen as published a number of highly influential books and articles on the nature of propositions, semantics, and indexicality. His recent influential book with Josh Dever, The Inessential Indexical, and their arguments against the philosophical significance of first-person thought provide a central motivation for this project.

Institut Jean Nicod based in Paris, is a multidisciplinary CNRS research center unified under the theme of the human mind and the nature of its representations (linguistic, mental, and social). The interdisciplinary nature of the institute allows for input on the topic of first-person thought from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, linguistics and cognitive science. The institutional lead is the Director of IJN, Professor François Recanati who has been at the forefront of research into the philosophy of the self, indexical thought, language and mental content.

Logos, based at the University of Barcelona, is an international research group dedicated to studying core issues in analytic philosophy. There are several members of LOGOS working on research directly relevant to the topic of this project. The institutional lead is Professor Manuel García-Carpintero who has worked extensively in the philosophy of mind and language developing important and influential accounts of indexicality and the nature of first-person thought. Professor Garcia-Carpintero also leads the About Ourselves research project which serves as a significant component of this research network.

University of Oxford is world leading in its philosophical research with strengths in philosophy of mind, language and metaphysics among other areas. The university has many faculty members  pursuing research directly relevant to the topic of first-person thought. The institutional lead is Professor Ofra Magidor, the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University, whose recent work defending scepticism regarding the distinctive nature of first-person thought serves as one the motivations for this project.

University of St Andrews is a large centre for philosophical research  with strengths in philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind among other areas. Investigating the nature of indexical thought and language is an ongoing research focus at St Andrews. The institutional lead, Dr Simon Prosser, has carried out important and influential research on the central issues of the project. Professor Herman Cappelen also holds 20% position at St Andrews.

Tufts University has a world-leading philosophy department and a long tradition of influential research in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. The philosophy department at Tufts has many researchers working on issues central to the remit of this project. The institutional lead, Professor Dilip Ninan, has produced substantial, significant research on the nature of first-person thought and language.

The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 the Trust has provided grants and scholarships for research and education. Today, it is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing approximately £80m a year. For more information about the Trust, please visit