Philosophy of mind and action; philosophy of language; feminist philosophy.
Higher education and employment history
Jennifer Hornsby got her PhD at Cambridge University and was Fellow and Tutor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford from 1979 until 1994 when she moved to Birkbeck College, University of London as Professor of Philosophy.
She has extensive administrative experience having been Secretary to the Sub-Faculty of Philosophy in Oxford, Head of her current Department, and a member of the Management Committee of the Philosophy Program of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.
She is a member of the Council of the Aristotelian Society, and of the Advisory Committee of the newly formed Institute of Philosophy in London.
She has collaborated with academics in the U.K., Australia, the U.S.A, and Europe, and has particular connections with Norwegian philosophers, having participated in “Towards a New Understanding of the Mental” at the Norwegian Academy in 2003-04.
She is co-editor of Ethics: A Feminist Reader (Blackwell 1992), and of A Companion to Feminism in Philosophy, Cambridge 2000); and a General Editor of Blackwell’s Reading Philosophy series, in which she has co-authored two books.
Her scholarly publications include Actions (Routledge 1980), Simple-Mindedness: Essays in Defence of Naive Naturalism (Harvard 1997), and about sixty articles in books or journals on feminist topics and topics in philosophy of mind, action, and language.
Her current work brings epistemology into the philosophy of action, and takes on questions about self-knowledge, practical knowledge, knowledge of language, and the metaphysics of agency.