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Richard Moore

I joined the Department of Philosophy at Warwick in February 2020. I was previously a post-doctoral researcher in Mike Tomasello's Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the MPI-EVA in Leipzig (2009-2013) and a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2013-2019). I have also been a visiting researcher at the Australian National University (2017, 2018, 2019) and at the Fachhochschule Potsdam (2019). I completed my PhD at the University of Warwick (2005-2009) under the supervision of Michael Luntley, Susan Hurley, and Steve Butterfill.

I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. My Communicative Mind research group investigates two related questions about the nature and origins of human cognition: (1) Why are humans the only species to invent and acquire natural languages? (2) How does natural language change human social cognition?

I'm also interested in more general questions connected to the Philosophy of Mind, Language and Psychology, as these are discussed in the analytic (e.g., Wittgenstein, Davidson, Dennett, Millikan) tradition in Philosophy; and in philosophical and empirical issues connected to human nature and human evolution.

In addition to being a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, I am also Director of the EPP (Economics, Psychology and Philosophy) BA/BSc degree course. Along with Bart Geurts I organise the monthly online forum for Evolutionary Pragmatics.

Selected Publications

  • Kachel G, Moore R, Hepach R, Tomasello M (2021) Toddlers prefer adults as informants: Two- and three-year-olds’ use of and attention to pointing gestures from peer and adult partners. Child Development.
  • Moore R (2020) The cultural evolution of mind-modelling. Synthese, 1-26.
  • Moore R (2018b) Gricean communication, language development, and animal minds. Philosophy Compass, 13(12), e12550.
  • Moore R (2018a) Gricean communication, joint action, and the evolution of cooperation. Topoi, 37(2), 329–341.
  • Kachel G, Moore R, Tomasello M (2018) Two-year-olds use adults’ but not peers’ points. Developmental Science, 21(5), e12660.
  • Kano F, Moore R, Krupenye C, Tomonaga M, Hirata S, Call J (2018) Great apes search for longer following humans’ ostensive signals, but do not then follow their gaze. Animal Cognition, 21(5), 715-728.
  • Moore R (2017c) Social cognition, Stag Hunts, and the evolution of language. Biology and Philosophy. 32(6): 797–818.
  • Moore R (2017b) Convergent minds: Ostension, inference and Grice’s third clause. Interface Focus, 7: 20160107.
  • Moore R (2017a) Gricean communication and cognitive development. Philosophical Quarterly, 67(267): 303-326.
  • Moore R (2016) Meaning and ostension in great ape gestural communication. Animal Cognition, 19(1): 223-231.
  • Moore R, Call J, Tomasello M (2015) Production and comprehension of gestures between orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus) in a referential communication game. PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0129726.
  • Moore R, Mueller B, Kaminski J, Tomasello M (2015) Two-year-old children but not domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) understand communicative intentions without language, gestures, or gaze. Developmental Science, 18(2): 232-42.
  • Moore R (2014) Ape gestures: Interpreting chimpanzee and bonobo minds. Current Biology, 24(14): R645-R647.
  • Moore R (2013b) Social learning and teaching in chimpanzees. Biology and Philosophy, 28(6): 879-901.

  • Moore R (2013a) Imitation and conventional communication. Biology and Philosophy, 28(3): 481-500.

More complete lists of my publications can be found here and here.





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