About Me

Contact Robert Lockie (Bob Lockie)

Psychology Dept., University of West London, Paragon House, Brentford TW8 9GA U.K.

I am a research philosopher and chartered academic psychologist. I am a senior lecturer in the psychology department of the University of West London. My research areas are broad and overlap. They include:

  • Epistemology
    • Rationality
    • Knowledge
    • Justification
    • Epistemic deontology / responsibilism / ethics of belief (in favour)
    • Epistemic perspectivism (in favour)
    • Virtue epistemology (against)
  • Free Will / Agency / Responsibility – epistemic and ethical
    • Frankfurt literature (against)
    • The transcendental argument for freedom (I defend – click here to see the Introduction followed by the Eighth Chapter of my book – the major transcendental argument for freedom)
    • Incompatibilist libertarianism
    • Emergentism
    • Self-determinism
    • The Lazy Argument (it’s not a fallacy)
  • Philosophy of mind / Philosophy of psychology / Theoretical psychology
    All the classic issues in the philosophy of mind as these emerged from the late 1940’s onwards for about forty years; but also approaches to philosophy of psychology in which the discipline of psychology as it is understood by actual psychologists is intelligible. These issues include:

    • Cultural psychology and epistemic perspectivism
    • Neo-Bartlettian/Vygotskian/Gestaltist/Piagetian approaches to knowledge
    • Executive functioning and freedom of thought
    • Self-deception
    • Depth psychology
  • Metaphilosophy
    • Transcendental argumentation (in favour)
    • Classically analytic metaphilosophy (against)
    • Classically analytic approaches to epistemology (against the ‘Gettier Game’)
    • Arguments in favour of the ‘Foley divorce’
    • Relativism, metaphysical (against)
    • Relativism, epistemic (guardedly, to some limited extent: for)

My magnum opus Free Will and Epistemology: a Defence of the Transcendental Argument for Freedom was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018 and goes into paperback in July 2019. It is an original research monograph and is the product of more than 20 years work. Order online at www.bloomsbury.com. To read a specimen chapter click here.