UCL Philosophy

Prof Lucy O'Brien

Prof Lucy O'Brien

Professor in Philosophy

Dept of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1992

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary

I teach at the undergraduate, masters and research levels. My teaching is mainly in epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. 

I was (with Tom Stern) the recipient of a 2012 UCL Teaching Innovations Grant to teach all our graduate students 'Rhetoric and Presentation Skills' in one-day workshops. 


University of Sheffield
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 1987
University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1987
University of Sheffield
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1986


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.