UCL Philosophy


Professor Lucy O'Brien

Research Interests

I work in the philosophy of mind and action, focussing in particular on self-consciousness and self-knowledge. I am the author of Self-Knowing Agents (OUP 2007) and co-editor, with Matthew Soteriou, of Mental Actions (OUP 2009). I am currently working on interpersonal, rather than personal, self-consciousness and the nature of the self-conscious emotions.  From Autumn 2015 I will be the co-editor, with A.W. Moore, of the journal Mind. I supervise research students working on a number of topics within the philosophy of mind and action.


For students taking a BA in Philosophy I teach a second year Intermediate course on Knowledge. I teach a third year Advanced Philosophy of Mind course. This is a triple coded course and is open to MA and MPhil students.  I variously teach the MA Introduction to Epistemology and Methodology, and the MA Research Preparation Seminar. I teach Graduate Research seminars in the Philosophy of Mind covering different topics. In recent years I have taught on First Person Reference, and Irrationality in Action, Self-Conscious Emotions,  and on Interpersonal Self-Consciousness. 

IRIS Researcher Profile

Prof Lucy O'Brien



  • Reader in Philosophy
    Dept of Philosophy
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Award year Qualification Institution
1987 DPhil
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Oxford
1987 M.Phil
Master of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
1986 BA
Bachelor of Arts
Mathematics and Philosophy
University of Sheffield

I have been at UCL since 1992, first as a Lecturer and, from 2004 as Reader in Philosophy. I was appointed Professor in 2014. Prior to coming to UCL I held a post-doctoral position at the Centre for Philosophical Studies, KCL. I was the Honorary Director of the Aristotelian Society from 2008-2014. I am currently co-editor - with A.W.Moore - of the journal MIND.