Dr Paula Sweeney

Dr Paula Sweeney

Head of School
Senior Lecturer


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I am a philosopher researching the philosophy of artificial intelligence, particularly in relation to social robots. I am also interested in research related to the philosophy of time. My background is in the philosophy of language. I am currently the Head of the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History.

Memberships and Affiliations


I am currently the Head of the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History. 


I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, an elected board member of the British Philosophical Association and an appointed trustee of the trust associated with Thought: A Journal of Philosophy. 

I am an external examiner at Lancaster University. 

Prizes and Awards

I was co-investigator on the Leverhulme Trust funded project, Relativism and Rational Tolerance, with Professor Crispin Wright. 



  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Philosophy

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

Research Overview

After my PhD I continued to work in philosophy of language and philosophy of logic. I am now working on research in philosophy of AI, particularly the role of social robots in society. I also work in philosophy of time. 

Current Research

My current research is in the area of the philosophy of AI and the philosophy of time. 


I can offer supervision in the following areas:

  • Philosophy of AI--particularly in relation to social robots. 
  • Philosophy of time.
  • Some areas of philosophy of language--particularly contextualism, relativism and Wittgenstein.
  • Some areas of philosophy of logic--particularly vagueness.


Research Funding and Grants

I was a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project, Contextualism and Relativism. 



Teaching Responsibilities


Ethical and Legal aspects of Artificial Intelligence.

Feminist Philosophy



PH3006 Contemporary Topics in Philosophy



PH1027 Controversial Questions



Semester One

PH1027 Controversial Questions

SX1018 Logic, Language and Information

Semester Two

PH353Z/PH454Z Philosophy of time


Semester One

PH1027 Controversial Questions

PH3094/PH4094 Wittgenstein

Semester Two

PH2529 Life Death and Meaning


Semester One

PH1027 Controversial Questions 

Semester Two

PH352F  Independent Study

PH1523  Experience, Knowledge and Reality



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