School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Aidan McGlynn

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0131 651 6333
6.12 (DSB)
Research Interests
Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

I joined the department in September 2012 as a Chancellor's Fellow, and I have been a lecturer since June 2015. Previously I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. I did my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where I was supervised by Mark Sainsbury, and my undergraduate and masters at the University of St Andrews. 


I work mostly on issues in epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, and I have a longstanding but largely underdeveloped interest in Wittgenstein. I recently finished a series of papers and a book critically engaging with the knowledge first approach to epistemology and related areas of mind and language, while my current research concerns first-person thought, particularly the phenomenon of immunity to error through misidentification, self-knowledge, and related issues concerning how we attribute mental states to ourselves and to others. I have also started working on politically-charged applications of speech act theory, and their relation to issues in epistemology.


In 2015-6 I will be teaching the Philosophy of Fiction, and contributing to the lectures for Feminism, and in 2016-7 I will be teaching Fiction again, plus Knowledge, Ignorance, and Power. In previous years I have co-taught Mind, Matter, and Language, An Introduction to Philosophical Methodology, Themes in Epistemology, Scepticism, and History of Analytic Philosophy.

Office Hours

My office hours are 11-12 on Fridays or by arrangement.

Activities & awards

Administrative Roles

  • Deputy Head of Philosophy
  • Joint Session Organiser
Students supervised