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Marta Halina

Lecturer in the Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Marta Halina is a University Lecturer in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science. She received her PhD in Philosophy and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, in 2013 and was a McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis before coming to Cambridge in 2014. Her current research focuses on issues related to nonhuman animal mindreading, ape gestural communication, and mechanistic explanation in biology.

Marta is a fellow of Selwyn College where she directs studies in History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS). She also leads the subproject "Kinds of Intelligence" at the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.

Research interests

General philosophy of science (experimentation, explanation, modeling, the new mechanistic philosophy), philosophy of psychology and cognitive science (comparative psychology, nonhuman animal cognition and communication, cognitive ethology, embodied and distributed cognition, neuroscience), philosophy of biology (mechanistic explanation and discovery, model organisms).

Recent publications

'Domains of Generality' (with Andrew Buskell), Behavioural and Brain Sciences (commentary on Burkart et al. "The evolution of general intelligence") (forthcoming)

'Mechanistic Explanation and Its Limits', Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Mechanisms, edited by Stuart Glennan and Phyllis Illari (forthcoming)

'What Apes Know About Seeing', Routledge Handbook on Animal Minds, edited by Kristin Andrews and Jake Beck (forthcoming)

'There is No Special Problem of Mindreading in Nonhuman Animals', Philosophy of Science 82 (2015): 473–490

'Understanding Mechanistic Research', review of In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries Across the Life Sciences by Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden, Metascience (2015)