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Dr Keith Frankish

Keith Frankish

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Professional biography

Note: This page contains information about Keith's work with The Open University. For more information about Keith, including details of his research, publications, teaching, and other activities, please visit his personal website, which also contains e-prints of many of his publications.

Keith was a Lecturer, and later Senior Lecturer, with the OU Philosophy Department from 1999 to 2011. He left the OU in 2011, but he remains a Senior Visiting Research Fellow and co-director of the Mind, Meaning and Rationality Research Group. He currently lives with his family in Crete.

Research interests

Keith's research focuses primarily on topics in philosophy of psychology, including the nature of belief, mental architecture (especially dual-process theories of reasoning), consciousness, and cognitive theories of psychopathology. Open Research Online contains details of many of Keith's research publications. (For full details and e-prints, please see Keith's personal website.)

A strong believer in interdisciplinary collaboration, Keith was Director of the OU’s Mind, Meaning, and Rationality Research Group, and in 2006 he planned and co-organized a major interdisciplinary research conference on dual-process theories of reasoning and rationality.



Teaching interests

During his time with the university, Keith worked on a number of courses. He helped to design A207 From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1789-1830, prepared a block on folk psychology for A850 MA in Philosophy, wrote a book on consciousness for AA308 Thought and Experience: Themes in the Philosophy of Mind, and assisted with the preparation of the philosophy of mind block for A222 Exploring Philosophy. He served as Chair of AA308, Deputy Chair of A211 Philosophy and the Human Situation, and taught at residential schools for A103 An Introduction to the Humanities and AA301 Philosophy of the Arts.

Some of Keith's OU teaching materials are freely available on the OU's LearningSpace and OpenLearn websites, including a short course Introducing consciousness, an interview with Professor David Chalmers, and an interview with Professor Daniel Dennett.