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Research Interests

Philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, moral psychology, philosophy of science,


Suilin joined the department in Spring 2011, having completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield. Her primary interest is the field of social cognition, and more specifically, in the various answers given to the question 'How do we understand other people's psychological states?' She defends a 'theory-theory' answer to this question, maintaining that the cognitive processes which facilitate our grasp of our own mental states and those of others are best understood as being theory-like. Her research is strongly inter-disciplinary, drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, animal behaviour and anthropology.

Suilin is also interested in the nature of the cognitive mechanisms underlying joint attention, and believes that developing a clearer understanding of these mechanisms will enable us to have a more comprehensive grasp of social phenomena such as pedagogy and altruism.

Visiting and Research Positions

(2007-2011) University of Sheffield: Temporary Lecturer (fixed term, Full time) Feb-Jun 2009. Tutor (Fixed Term, Part Time) 2007-2009, 2010-2011.

(2011-) University of Edinburgh: Teaching Fellow, Philosophy (fixed term, full time)


(2002-2005) Durham University, BA English Literature and Philosophy (2:1)

(2005-2006) University of Sheffield, MA Philosophy with Distinction (Dissertation - Has C. Daniel Batson answered the altruism question?)

(2006-2011) University of Sheffield, PhD Understanding Folk Philosophy: Theory, Observation and Explanation in Social Cognition. 



  • Introduction to Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition  (MSc)
  • Metaphysics of Mind (MA)
  • Philosophical Issues in Evolution (MA)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (MA & MSc)
  • Philosophy of Science 1 (Pre-hons)
  • Social Cognition (MA) 

(2011) University of Edinburgh: Graduate Supervision for MSc and PhD Students. Mind, Langauge and Embodied Cognition MSc Course. Mind, Matter and Langauage Pre-honours course. Philosophy of Science1 Pre-honours course. Metaphysics of Mind Honours 3rd/4th Yr course. Philosophy of Psychology Honours course. Philosophical Issues in Evolution Honours course. Social Cognition Honours Course.

(2009) University of Shefield: Philosphy of Mind 2nd Yr Course. 

Administrative Roles

(2011) Co-organiser of Philosophy in Schools, University of Edinburgh. Innovative Learning Week Co-ordinator for Philosophy, University of Edinburgh. 

(2006-2011) Assistant to Stephen Laurence, Director of the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies and Leader of the AHRC Culture and Mind Project.

(Aug 2009) Primary Organiser of a 3 day conference "Folk Psychology, Folk Epistemology and Cultural Transmission". University of Sheffield


Office Hours

Office hours (Semester one 2016): Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Understanding Folk Psychology: Theory, Observation & Explanation in Social Cognition, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Has C. Daniel Batson answered the altruism question?, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


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