Michael Tye


I’m a philosopher at the University of Texas at Austin (formally, I am the Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts). My interest in philosophy was awakened at Oxford while an undergraduate. I went up to Oxford to study physics, but after finding out that a physics degree would require a day a week in the laboratory, I switched to physics and philosophy (which involved no lab work at all). By the time I had finished my undergraduate degree, I had decided to focus upon philosophy alone. 

Subsequently, I came to the USA, though I’ve been back to the UK as a visiting professor at King’s College, London for some ten consecutive years and briefly as the occupant of a chair at the University of St. Andrews.

Special Interests:


Animal Minds



Mental Imagery