Department of Philosophy and the College
Matthew Boyle works on topics in the philosophy of mind and on issues relating to the history of philosophy. In the former area, he has been especially concerned with the question of how we know our own minds and with debates about the scope and limits of such knowledge. In the latter field, he has written mainly on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and also has interests in the work of Aristotle, Aquinas, Fichte, Hegel, and Sartre. He is presently writing a book on the distinction between rational and non-rational minds, the connection between rationality and the capacity for first-person awareness of one’s own cognitive activity, and the continuing relevance of these topics to contemporary debates in philosophy and psychology. The book, to be called The Significance of Self-Consciousness, is under contract with Oxford University Press.
He has received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Council of Learned Societies, and was also awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University.
Boyle earned an AB summa cum laude in social studies and philosophy from Harvard University, as well as a BPhil in philosophy from Oxford University. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Most recently, he was a professor of philosophy at Harvard University.