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Rowland Stout

Professor

School Of Philosophy
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168122
Email: rowland.stout@ucd.ie

Biography

I have been interested in problems of agency and the mind since working on AI, robotics and logic programming at the Polytechnic of the South Bank London in the mid 1980s (and realising how limited were the information processing models.)  I went back to college and did a Philosophy BPhil at Oxford, supervised by Gabriele Taylor, then became a Research Fellow at Leeds for a year in 1988.  There I developed neural network (connectionist) models of representation in action, and worked out many of the ideas that were to be developed into my DPhil thesis at Oxford, supervised by David Charles, and the subsequent book, Things that Happen Because They Should (OUP, 1996).  I then taught at several colleges in Oxford, including a six year spell as Tutorial Fellow at Oriel College.  After Oxford a dream job at Manchester University came along, where I had the opportunity to work with a very small team of new appointments to bring into being the Centre for Philosophy. which has gone on to become a highly successful department.  In January 2003 I came to UCD, and have loved every minute of it. I am now an Associate Professor.  I had an IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship in 2008/9, during which time I started to develop some ideas in the philosophy of emotions.  I have published three books now, have edited one for OUP on processes in experience and action, and am working on a new monograph on the nature of emotion and perspectival judgement.   I was Head of School of Philosophy at UCD between 2013 and 2015 (perhaps an exception to my earlier claim about loving every minute).  I am also Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies.  I'm married with two daughters - Lara born in 2000 and Rebecca born in 2002.  My wife, Sarah, is a writer and artist.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2008.
Title: IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship
Year: 2000.
Title: Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK) grant

Associations

Association: Aristotelian Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: British Philosophical Association, Function/Role:
     

Conference Contributions

Rowland Stout (2013) Ballistic action. [Plenary Lecture], Philosophy of Action Seminar series, Queen's College Oxford , 03-DEC-13 - 03-DEC-13.
R.Stout (2014) Generosity and Presumptuousness. [Plenary Lecture], Supererogation, Royal Institue of Philosophy annual conference, UCD , 06-JUN-14 - 06-JUN-14.
Stout, R. (2014) A new approach to reduction in the philosophy of action. [Invited Oral Presentation], University of Oxford graduate conference, Oxford , 16-NOV-14 - 16-NOV-14.
R. Stout (2015) Zahavi on Shame. [Invited Oral Presentation], Self and Other, Newman House Dublin , 15-JAN-15 - 15-JAN-15.
R.Stout (2015) Combining powers. [Invited Oral Presentation], Aristotle on Perceiving Objects, Humanities Institute University of Oxford , 13-MAY-15 - 13-MAY-15.
R.Stout (2015) Perspectival Thinking. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin , 12-JAN-15 - 19-JAN-15.
R Stout; (2005) Decoding the genetic code code. [Chaired Session], Functions in Biology, Catania , 06-MAY-05 - 08-MAY-05.
R Stout; (2007) Reasons-responsive mechanisms. [Chaired Session], Selfhood, normativity and control, Nigmegen , 12-MAY-07 - 12-MAY-07.
R Stout; (2008) What you cause when you write a letter. [Chaired Session], Agency and Action, Uppsala , 16-MAY-08 - 16-MAY-08.
R Stout; (2009) Processes as continuants. [Chaired Session], Aporo WOrkshop on Ontology and Metaphysics, Belfast , 15-MAY-09 - 15-MAY-09.
R Stout; (2010) Two kinds of action. [Chaired Session], Dispositions and Agency, Oslo , 14-MAY-10 - 14-MAY-10.
R Stout; (2010) Seeing the anger in someone's face. [Chaired Session], Joint Session of the Mind and Aristotelian Society, Dublin , 07-JUL-10 - 07-JUL-10.
R Stout; (2010) Can you see someone's emotions dispassionately?. [Plenary Lecture], Intersubjectivity and Empathy, Dublin , 19-NOV-10 - 19-NOV-10.
Rowland Stout (2010) Seeing someone's sadness. [Invited Lecture], Thumos seminar series, University of Geneva , 16-DEC-10 - 16-DEC-10.
Rowland Stout (2010) Partless Processes. [Invited Lecture], Eidos, University of Geneva , 16-DEC-10 - 16-DEC-10.
R Stout; (2011) What behaviour must be like if we can see feelings in it. [Chaired Session], Actions and Processes, Leeds , 20-JAN-11 - 22-JAN-11.
Rowland Stout (2011) Moral Hazard. [Invited Lecture], President's lunchtime seminars, UCD , 16-NOV-11 - 16-NOV-11.
Rowland Stout (2011) Continuant Occurrents. [Invited Lecture], Processes and Agency, Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo , 08-NOV-11 - 08-NOV-11.
Rowland Stout (2012) Direct perception and direct action. [Plenary Lecture], Disjunctivism in Action, University of Copenhagen , 24-SEP-12 - 26-SEP-12.
Rowland Stout (2013) I know this is scary. [Plenary Lecture], Ontology in Mind, Ligerz , 16-SEP-13 - 18-OCT-13.
Stout, R.; Processes,. [N/A], 1995, Australasian Association of Philosophy, ANU, * .
Stout, R.; Understanding Other People: the application of Simulation Theory to the ethics of care,. [N/A], 1997, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, Mount Sinai Oxford Colloquium on Bioethics, * .
Stout, R.; Externalist justification of action,. [N/A], Oxford University Workshop on Externalism and Normativity. 27/10/98, * .
Stout, R.; The Priority of Processes over Events,. [N/A], University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, Pragmatics and Processes conference.20/5/99,, * .
Stout, R.; What is a Way of Behaving?,. [N/A], University of Manchester, Actions conference, 21/5/2000, * .
Stout, R.; Norms in Action,. [N/A], University of London School of Advanced Study Philosophy Programme Pragmatics and Pragmatisms conference.10/3/2000,, * .
Stout, R.; The life of a process,. [N/A], University of St Andrews Arche Metaphysics conference. 16/6/2000,, * .
Stout; (2004) Internalising Practical Reasons. [Plenary Lecture], Irish Philosophical Club annual conference, Ballymascanlon , 28-FEB-04 - 29-FEB-04.
Stout; (2004) Does rationality lead a dynamic life?. [Plenary Lecture], Cork Roundtable Workshop on Rationality, Univeristy of Cork , 24-MAR-04 - 25-MAR-04.
Stout; (2004) Internalising Pracical Reasons. [Plenary Lecture], Aristotelian Society, University of London , 24-MAY-04 - 24-MAY-04.
Stout; (2004) Inernalist and externalist models of the releological explanation of action. [Plenary Lecture], Teleology, Ancient and Modern, University of Edinburgh , 16-AUG-04 - 18-AUG-04.
 

Employment

Employer: South Bank University, London
Position: Research Assistant and Lecturer
Employer: University of Leeds
Position: Research Fellow
Employer: Merton College and Keble College, Oxford
Position: Stipendiary Lecturer
Employer: Oriel College, University of Oxford
Position: Tutorial Fellow
Employer: University of Manchester
Position: Senior Lecturer

Education

Year 1987 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: B Phil Subject:
Year 1987 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: Dr Phil Subject:
Year 1991 Institution: University of Oxford
Qualification: D.Phil Subject: --none--
Year 1987 Institution: University of Oxford
Qualification: B.Phil Subject: --none--
Year 1983 Institution: University of Sussex
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 1980 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: BA Subject:
     

Journals Edited

International Journal Of Philosophical Studies: Editor-in-Chief.

Other Activities


Publications

Books

Stout, R; (2006) The Inner Life of a Rational Agent: In Defence of Philosophical Behaviourism. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press and published in the US by Columbia University Press. Available Online [Details]
Stout, R; (2005) Action. Teddington: Acumen and published in the US by Queens/McGill Universities Press. Available Online [Details]
Stout, R.; (1996) Things that Happen Because They Should. *: Oxford University Press. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Rowland Stout (2015) 'Ryle's conceptions of emotional behaviour' In: Davd Dolby (eds). Ryle on Mind and Language. London: Palgrave MacMillan. , pp.97-115 Link to full text [Details]
Stout R; (2010) 'What are you causing in acting' In: Aguilar, J. and Buckareff, A (eds). Causing Human Action: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. , pp.101-114 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout R; (2010) 'Deviant Causal Chains' In: O'Connor, T. and Sandis, C (eds). Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Oxford: Blackwell. , pp.159-165 Available Online [Details]
Stout, R; (2010) 'Being subject to the rule to do what the rules tell you to do' In: Weiss, B. and Wanderer, J. (eds.) (eds). Reading Brandom. London: Routledge. , pp.145-156 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2012) 'Mechanisms that respond to reasons: an Aristotelian approach to agency' In: Fran O'Rourke (eds). Human Destinies. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2008) 'Was Sally's reason for running from the bear that she thought it was chasing her' In: Rowland Stout; (eds). New Essays on the Explanation of Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. , pp.48-61 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R; (2008) 'Ethics in the Twentieth Century' In: Moran, D. (ed.) (eds). Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy. London: Routledge. , pp.1552-1608 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R; (2007) 'Two ways to understand causality in action' In: Leist, A. (ed.) (eds). Action in Context. Berlin: de-Gruter. , pp.137-153 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R.; (2003) 'The life of a process' In: in G. Debrock (ed.) (eds). Process Pragmatism. Amsterdam: Rodopi. , pp.145-157 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2002) 'The Enigma of Consciousness' In: Rowland Stout; (eds). Out of the Box. London: Duncan Baird. , pp.12-17 [Details]

Edited Books

Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2016) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24:4. Abingdon Oxford: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2016) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24:5. Abingdon Oxford: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2015) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23:5. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2016) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24:2. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2016) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24:3. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2016) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24:1. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2014) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22:5. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2014) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22:4. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2015) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23:2. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2015) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23:3. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2015) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23:4. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2015) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23:1. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2014) International Journal of Philosopphical Studies 22:3. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2014) International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22:2. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
Rowland Stout (Ed.). (2014) International journal of Philosophical Studies 22:1. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Rowland Stout (2015) 'On Shame'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 23 (5):634-638. [Details]
Rowland Stout (2015) 'Adopting Roles: Generosity and Presumptuousness'. Philosophy, Supp vol 77 :141-161. Link to full text [Details]
Rowland Stout (2016) 'The Category of Occurrent Continuants'. Mind, 124 (496):41-62. Link to full text [Details]
Rowland Stout (2014) 'Editorial Introduction'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 22 (1):1-2. [Details]
Rowland Stout (2013) 'Can there be virtue in violence?'. Revue Internationale De Philosophie, 2013:3 (265):323-336. Link to full text [Details]
R.Stout; (2012) 'What someone's behaviour must be like if we are to be aware of their emotions in it'. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11 (2):135-148. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
R. Stout; (2010) 'Review of Mendosa's Anti-Externalism'. Philosophical Quarterly, 60 (240):656-658. [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2010) 'Seeing the anger in someone's face'. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 84 :29-43. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R; (2010) 'What you know when you know an answer to a question'. Nous, 44 (2):392-402. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R; (2004) 'Internalising Practical Reasons'. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 44 (3):229-243. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R; (2003) 'Decontaminating our view of the mind'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 11 (4):265-275. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R.; (2002) 'Ryle's Behaviourism'. Revue Internationale De Philosophie, 219 :37-49. [Details]
Stout, R.; (2002) 'The right structure for a causal theory of action'. Facta Philosophica, 4 (1):11-24. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Stout, R.; (2003) 'Behaviourism'. Think, 2 (3):38-43. [Details]
Stout, R.; (1998) 'The Evolution of Theoretically Useful Traits'. Biology and Philosophy, 13 :529-540. [Details]
Stout, R.; (1998) 'Descartes' Hidden Argument for the Existence of God'. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 6 (2):155-168. [Details]
Stout, R.; (1997) 'Processes'. Philosophy, 72 :19-27. [Details]
Stout R; (2002) 'Living Without Free WIll'. Tls-The Times Literary Supplement, 5201 :12-12. [Details]
Stout R; (2001) 'The Possibility of Practical Reason'. Tls-The Times Literary Supplement, 5127 :12-12. [Details]
Stout; (2001) 'Kathy Lennon's Philosophy of Mind'. Philosophical Books, 42 :228-229. [Details]
Stout R; (1999) 'David Armstrong's A WOrld of States of Affairs'. Philosophy, 74 :130-134. [Details]
Stout R; (1997) 'Robert Brandom's Making it Explicit'. Mind, 106 :341-345. [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1999) 'The World of We'. Times Literary Supplement, 5016 :35-35. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Rowland Stout (2016) Thinking about what to do Knowledge, Reasons and Actions Erlangen, [Details]
Rowland Stout (2016) Emotional abilities Actions and Abilities Leipzig, [Details]
Rowland Stout (2016) Processes in action and experience Power Structuralism Rome, [Details]
Rowland Stout (2015) Ryle's Behaviourism Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy Trinity College Dublin, , 04-JUN-15 - 06-JUN-15 [Details]
Rowland Stout (2015) Why is it right to call Ryle a behaviourist Ryle: Intelligence, Practice and Skill Abo Akademi, Finland, , 08-JUN-15 - 09-JUN-15 [Details]
Rowland Stout (2013) Sensory Stimulation is no part of Perception Experiential Reasons Copenhagen, , 01-NOV-13 - 03-NOV-13 [Details]
Rowland Stout (2014) How the Aristotelian Conception of Process avoids EPistemological Problems of the Modern Conception . In: Anna Marmodoro eds. Powers, Perception and Agency Rome, , 27-SEP-14 - 28-SEP-14 [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2011) What Behaviour must be like if we can see feelings in it Actions as Processes [Details]
R. Stout; (2010) Can you see someone's emotions dispassionately . In: Rasmus Jensen eds. Intersubjectivity and Empathy workshop Dublin Royal Institute, [Details]
R.Stout; (2010) Two kinds of action . In: Jennifer Hornsby eds. Dispositions and Agency CSMN Oslo, [Details]
R. Stout; (2009) Processes as continuants . In: Joseph Diekemper eds. Aporo Workshop on Ontology and Metaphysics ueen's University Belfast, [Details]
Stout R; (2008) What you cause when you write a letter . In: Stoutland eds. Agency and Action Uppsala, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2007) Reasons-responsive mechanisms Selfhood, normativity and control Nijmegen, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2005) Decoding the genetic code code Functions in Biology Catania Sicily, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2004) Internalising practical reasons Irish Philosophical Club Annual Conference Ballymascanlon, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2004) Internalist and externalist models of teleological explanation Teleology: Ancient and Modern University of Edinburgh, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2004) Des rationality lead a double life? Cork Roundtable on Rationality University College Cork, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2000) What is a way of behaving Action University of Manchester, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2000) Norms in Action Pragmatics and Pragmatisms University of London School of Advanced Study, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1999) The priority of processes over events Process Pragmatism Nijmegen, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1997) Understanding Other People - the application of simulation theroy to the ethics of care Mount Sinai-Oxford Colloquium on Bioethics Mount Sinai New York, [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1995) Processes Australasian Association of Philosophy ANU Canberra, [Details]
           

Guest Lectures

Rowland Stout; (2009) What you cause when you do something. University of Keele Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: Guest Lectures [Details]
 

Video/TV

Rowland Stout (2015) On 'Aristotle on Perceiving Objects' - Oxford TORCH podcast with Anna Marmodoro. Video/TV Available Online [Details]

Invited Seminars

Rowland Stout (2016) Ballistic Actions. Invited Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout (2016) Ballistic Actions. Invited Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout (2015) Perspectival Thinking. Invited Seminars [Details]
     

Invited Lectures

R. Stout; (2010) Fighting Back. University of Manchester: Invited Lectures [Details]
 

Electronic Publication

Stout, R.; (2002) What you know when you know how someone behaves. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]
Stout, R.; (2001) Acting and Causing. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]

Book Reviews

Stout, R (2003) Decontaminating our view of the mind. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Stout, R (2010) Anti-Externalism. Book Reviews [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2001) Do you really know what you are doing. Book Reviews [Details]
Stout, R.; (2001) Review of Lennon et al (eds.), The Philosophy of Mind. Book Reviews [Details]
Stout, R.; (1999) Review of Armstrong, D., A World of States of Affairs. Book Reviews [Details]
Stout, R.; (1997) Review of Brandom, R., Making it Explicit. Book Reviews [Details]

Reviews

Rowland Stout; (2002) Don't blame me if I shoot the pianist. Reviews [Details]

Research Seminars

Rowland Stout; (2007) What you know when you know the answer to a question. University of Warwick Research Seminars: Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2005) Belief and Judgement. University of Edinburgh Invited Speaker Series: Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2005) Belief and Judgement. NUI Maynooth: Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2002) In Defence of Philosophcial Behaviourism. UCD Philosophy Invited Speaker Seminars: Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (2002) Internal Norms. Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (2001) Rules in Action. Warwick Graduate Group: Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (2001) Laws in Action. Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (2000) Norms in Action. University of Durham Research seminars: Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (2000) What is a Way of Behaving?. Bolton Institute Research seminars: Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (1999) Reply to Julie Jack on explicit and implicit knowledge. Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1995) Action and Perception. Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1995) Processes. Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1995) The Disjunctive Approach to Action. University of New England, Armidale: Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1994) Justification and dynamic rationality. University of Oxford Normativity Workshop (Merton College): Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1993) An inclusive disjunctive approach to action. Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1992) Inclusive disjunctivism about experience. Research Seminars [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1991) Controlled behaviour. Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (1999) The Life of a Process. Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (1999) The Life of a Process. Research Seminars [Details]
Stout, R.; (1998) Does Justification need justification?. Research Seminars [Details]
   

Working Paper

Rowland Stout; (1988) A connectionist model of representation in action. University of Leeds Working Papers series: Working Paper [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1988) A distributed representation of the task of getting around a cluttered room. Working Paper [Details]

Research Papers

Rowland Stout; (2002) Internal Norms. University of Liverpool Research seminars: Research Papers [Details]
Rowland Stout; (1995) Processes. Research Papers [Details]
                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

Philosophy of Mind and Action, Processes and Causation, Ethics and Rationality, Epistemology.  I'm working now on emotion which should occupy much of my attention over the next few years. 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : The Ethics and Politics of a Liveable Life: Making More Lives Liveable
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-15 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Emotional Rationality and Emotional Knowledge
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-08 / 31-AUG-09

Recent Postgraduates

I supervise PhD and MPhil students in philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, metaphysics and ethics.  I am particularly keen to work with people interested in developing ideas concerning processes and emotions.

Current Postgraduate Students

Meline Papazian, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I have taught in the past a wide variety of courses in analytic philosophy from the Philosophy of Mind to Formal Logic.  At UCD I have taught the following courses:

Level 1
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Philosophy

Level 2
Rationalism and Empiricism
Knowledge and Reality
Mind and Action
Philosophy of Action

Level 3
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Mind

MA
Action and the Will
Philosophy of Emotions.