David Papineau ( born 1947 ) is a philosopher and Professor of Philosophy of Science at King's College in London. Papineau main area of work is in addition to the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, in which he is working on a naturalistic theory of consciousness.
After a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Natal in South Africa Papineau studied philosophy and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in 1974 at the University of Cambridge. After teaching at Cambridge Papineau is now a professor in London.
Philosophy of mind
Papineau sees itself as a naturalist. He therefore asserts that it is the awareness of a natural phenomenon is that can be explored using the tools of science and explain. Such a position, however, has to contend with some of the issues with which Papineau has dealt in detail.