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Vanessa Carr

Vanessa Carr


Philosophy of mind and action, metaphysics

I have joined the Human Abilities research group as a junior fellow, after a postdoctoral fellowship at Leipzig University. Before moving to Germany I was based in London and completed an MPhilStud and PhD in Philosophy at UCL. And before this, I did a BA in Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology at the University of Oxford.
My primary research interests are in the philosophy of action. In my PhD I focused on the relationship between intentional agency, responsibility and causation, addressing a broad range of considerations, including our ability to intentionally create and change abstract objects. I am now further developing my work on this issue, alongside newer work on abilities that are distinctive of intentional agency. I am particular interested in abilities to act or refrain from acting (two-way abilities), the ability to know what one is doing when doing something intentionally (practical knowledge), and the knowledge one has of one’s abilities to do things intentionally.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation