John Taylor

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

I am interested in the intersection of philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Currently, I work on colour, and in bringing insights from both the metaphysics of properties, and from empirical work on colour together to develop a robust view of the nature of colour.

Previously, I have worked on the metaphysics of properties, as well as the relevance of work on properties to questions concerning consciousness.

My PhD was on the nature of attention. I am particularly concerned with whether attention is one unified faculty of the mind, or in fact that ‘attention’ is just an umbrella term for a range of different psychological capacities.

I am also interested in pretty much any topic in philosophy of mind/psychology and metaphysics.


Before coming to Birmingham, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where I worked with Professor Tim Crane.

Before that, my PhD was under the supervision of Professor E. J. Lowe, Dr Peter Vickers and Dr Sophie Gibb at the University of Durham.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome enquiries from anyone working in any area of metaphysics, philosophy of mind, or philosophy of cognitive science.