Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge
Tim Crane is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge he taught at UCL and founded the Institute of Philosophy in the University of London in 2005 (www.philosophy.sas.ac.uk). He is the philosophy consultant editor of the TLS and the general editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Tim Crane has attempted to understand the nature of the human mind in the most general, abstract and comprehensive way. He has defended a conception of the mind which rejects both scientistic reductionism and the idea that philosophy should be insulated from science. Crane has argued that the essential feature of the mind is what the phenomenologists called ‘intentionality’ — the mind’s direction on the world, or its representational power — and that consciousness should be understood in terms of intentionality. The mind-body problem, as Crane conceives is, is the empirical-philosophical problem of understanding how our mental, intentional capacities are embodied in our brains and bodies.