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Prof John Preston

Fellow, Visiting Fellow

Professor of Philosophy, the University of Reading

BPhil and DPhil (Oxon), BA (The Polytechnic of North London)

John Preston is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading.

His interests in philosophy are wide, including many topics and figures from late 19th and early 20th century philosophy, including Ernst Mach, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, the Vienna Circle, Alan Turing, Karl Popper, Michael Polanyi, Paul Feyerabend, Thomas Kuhn, and the philosophers of ‘ordinary language’. He also has a strong interest in classical Chinese philosophy, especially Confucius.

Professor Preston is also very interested in the philosophical issues surrounding artificial intelligence. He edited the volume Views into the Chinese Room (Oxford University Press, 2002), a collection of articles on John Searle’s ‘Chinese Room’ argument against the idea that AI systems could exhibit (rather than merely simulate) qualities such as intelligence, consciousness, understanding, emotion, etc.