I was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, where I lived for fifteen years. Aside from the usual school work, I took ballet and piano lessons; I
gave up the former after a few years (though not before performing on Cyprus television), but continued with the latter. Just before I
was to receive my diploma, I moved with my family to London. My father died when I was eighteen, soon after I finished school, and I
got a job in banking, helping my mother and supporting my two younger brothers (who were both still at school). In 1976 I moved to
merchant banking (shipping finance and eurocurrency divisions) in the City of London, where I stayed for three and a half years, before
giving up salary and perks to study, and ultimately to make my career in, Philosophy.
I went to City University, London for my first degree, and then moved on to Birkbeck College, University of London, where I took my
M.A. and Ph.D. While working on my doctoral thesis ("The Metaphysics of the Self: Self-Identification and Self-Ascription"),
I was a part-time tutor for both Birkbeck College (1987-92) and King's College London (1987-90). I was also a lecturer on the Diploma
Course of the University of London Continuing Education Department, lecturing on Plato's Meno, Descartes' Meditations, and Hume's First
Enquiry (1987-1996). In the Summers, from 1988 to 1992, I was a tutor at the Open University Summer Schools, lecturing on the History
of Philosophy (Locke, Spinoza, and Leibniz), and on Moral Philosophy.
In 1992 I moved to Oxford as a result of my appointment as a Lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford. It was during that year at Balliol
that I completed and submitted my doctoral thesis. After Balliol, I was appointed a Lecturer at Worcester College, Oxford, where I
taught for seven years (1993-–2000). I also embarked on a three-year project with Peter J. King, translating the poetry of Kavafis and
Karyotakis. Additionally I held Oxford lectureships at New College, Pembroke, Somerville, and Wadham.
Since 2001 I have taught philosophy at Keble College, Oxford, where I am currently Senior College Lecturer in Philosophy. I am
also College Lecturer in Philosophy at Worcester College, Oxford.
My curriculum vitæ (PDF file).
- Self, Reason, and Freedom: A New Light on Descartes' Metaphysics (Routledge, 2012)
I offer a new understanding of Descartes'
philosophy, arguing that his primary question is 'what is real and true?' – not 'how can I be certain?' as we have been accustomed to
believe – an inquiry that requires both reason's authority and freedom's autonomy. Without freedom and its internal relation to
reason, Descartes' undertaking would not get off the ground; yet that relation has gone unnoticed by successive studies of his philosophy. I
demonstrate that it is only when we grasp the role of freedom in his Meditations that we can understand what motivates key parts of
his metaphysics. I present Descartes' distinctive metaphysics of freedom, and reveal his compelling conception of the true unity of the
self, a thinking active being, and its place in the world.
- Paperback edition published 30th November 2016.
- First Person: The Demand for Identification-Free Self-Reference (Journal of Philosophy, XCII:4, April 1995,
- The Self and the Objective World (Skepsis, Summer 1999)
- Subjectivity and the First Person: Some Reflections (Philosophical Inquiry, vol.XXI, Summer-Fall 1999, pp
- Self-Consciousness and the Double Immunity (Philosophy, vol.75, Autumn 2000, pp 539-569) [Abstract]
- Descartes' Dualism: Correcting Some Misconceptions (The Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol.XXXIX,
No.2, April, 2001, pp 215-238)[Abstract]
Included in Archives de Philosophie - Bulletin
Cartésien XXXII, Bibliographie internationale critique des études cartésiennes pour
l'année 2001, publié par le Centre d'Études Cartésiennes (Paris IV.Sorbonne) et par le
Centro di Studi su Descartes e il Seicento dell'Università di Lecce.
- God, Physicalism, and the Totality of Facts (Philosophy, vol.82, October 2007, pp 515-542) [Abstract]
- Self and Self-Consciouness: Aristotelian Ontology and Cartesian Duality (Philosophical Investigations, 32:2, 2009,
Selected in 2015 by the editorial board of the journal as one of the best ten articles published by
them in the past thirty-five years.
- Descartes on Freedom, Truth, and Goodness (Noûs, 43:4, 2009)
- Jose E. Burgos "Antidualism and Antimentalism in Radical Behaviourism": Critical Discussion (Behaviour and Philosophy 43: 2016 (Cambridge Centre for
- Descartes on Mind-Body Relation: A Solution? (presented at the Early Modern Philosophy Panel, at the National University of Singapore, 15–16 November 2016)
- Descartes' Distinctive Conception of Freedom: The Self's Supreme Good (in The Cartesian Mind Jorge Secada and
Cecilia Wee Lim [edd], Routledge, 2017)
- Consciousness Razing (originally published in the
THES [29th July 1994] under the title "A Difficult Subject for Experiment")
- Ernst Mally (for the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy; December 1995)
- Donald Davidson.(for the World English Edition of Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia)
- Thomas Nagel (for the World English Edition of Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia)