Please email me for copies of papers. (Links to pdfs are below where I'm allowed to include them.)

Forthcoming

Coordinating Joint Action (forthcoming)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill in Kirk Ludwig & Marija Jankovic (eds.), Routledge Handbook on Collective Intentionality Routledge
--- links: [pdf]

Cognitive Architecture of Belief Reasoning in Children and Adults: A Two-Systems Account Primer (forthcoming)
--- by Jason Low, Ian Apperly, Stephen Butterfill and Hannes Rakoczy, Child Development Perspectives
--- links: [pdf]

Joint Action: A Minimalist Approach (forthcoming)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill in Julian Kiverstein (eds.), Routledge Handbook on the Social Mind Routledge
--- links: [pdf]

Review of Joint Commitment by Margaret Gilbert (forthcoming)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Journal of Moral Philosophy
--- links: [pdf]

Published

Is Goal Ascription Possible in Minimal Mindreading? [Reply to Michael and Christensen] (2016)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill and Ian A. Apperly, Psychological Review 123(2), pp. 228-233
--- links: [pdf] external [doi: 10.1037/rev0000022]

Planning for Collective Agency (2016)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill in Catrin Misselhorn (eds.), Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems Synthese Library, vol 122, pp. 149--168
--- links: [pdf]

Motor Representation in Goal Ascription (2016)
--- by Corrado Sinigaglia and Stephen A. Butterfill in Yann Coello and Martin Fischer (eds.), Foundations of embodied cognition 2: Conceptual and Interactive Embodiment Psychology Press, pp. 150-164
--- links: [pdf]

On a Puzzle about Relations between Thought, Experience and the Motoric (2015)
--- by Corrado Sinigaglia and Stephen A. Butterfill, Synthese 192(6), pp. 1923-1936
--- links: [pdf] external [doi: 10.1007/s11229-015-0672-x]

Perceiving Expressions of Emotion: What evidence could bear on questions about perceptual experience of mental states? (2015)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Consciousness and Cognition 36, pp. 438--451
--- links: [pdf] external [doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2015.03.008]

From foraging to autonoetic consciousness: The primal self as a consequence of embodied prospective foraging (2015)
--- by Thomas T. Hills and Stephen A. Butterfill, Current Zoology 61(2), pp. 368--381
--- links: [pdf] [publisher's page]

Intention and Motor Representation in Purposive Action (2014)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill and Corrado Sinigaglia, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88(1), pp. 119-145
--- links: [pdf] external [doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00604.x]

How to Construct a Minimal Theory of Mind (2013)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill and Ian A. Apperly, Mind and Language 28(5), pp. 606-637
--- links: [pdf]

What Does Knowledge Explain? Commentary on Jennifer Nagel (2013)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill in Tamar Szabó Gendler and John Hawthorne (eds.), Oxford Studies in Epistemology Volume 4, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 309-320
--- links: [pdf]

Introduction: Symposium on ‘How to Constuct a Minimal Theory of Mind’ (2013)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill & Ian A. Apperly in John Schwenkler (eds.), Brains (philosophyofbrains.com)
--- links: [pdf]

Replies to Three Commentaries on ‘How to Construct a Minimal Theory of Mind’ (2013)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill & Ian A. Apperly in John Schwenkler (eds.), Brains (philosophyofbrains.com)
--- links: [pdf]

Direct and indirect measures of Level-2 perspective-taking in children and adults (2012)
--- by Andrew Surtees, Stephen A. Butterfill and Ian Apperly, British Journal of Developmental Psychology 30(1), pp. 75-86
--- links: external [doi: 10.1111/j.2044-835X.2011.02063.x]

Tool Use and Causal Cognition (2012)
--- by Teresa McCormack, Christoph Hoerl and Stephen A. Butterfill (eds), Oxford: Oxford University Press; ISBN: 9780199571154
--- links: external [doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.001.0001] [publisher's page]

Interacting Mindreaders (2012)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Philosophical Studies 165(3), pp. 841-863
--- links: [pdf] external [doi: 10.1007/s11098-012-9980-x]

Joint Action and Development (2011)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Philosophical Quarterly 62(246), pp. 23-47
--- links: [pdf] external [doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2011.00005.x]

Gaining Knowledge via Other Minds: Children's Flexible Trust in Others as Sources of Information (2011)
--- by Elizabeth J. Robinson, Stephen A. Butterfill and Erika Nurmsoo, British Journal of Developmental Psychology 29(4), pp. 961-980
--- links: external [doi: 10.1111/j.2044-835X.2011.02036.x]

Psychological Research on Joint Action (2011)
--- by Guenther Knoblich, Stephen A. Butterfill and Natalie Sebanz in B. Ross (eds.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Vol. 51) , Burlington: Academic Press, pp. 59-101; ISBN: 978-0-12-385527-5
--- links: external [doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385527-5.00003-6]

Joint Action: What Is Shared? (2011)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill and Natalie Sebanz (eds.), Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2(2)
--- links: [publisher's page]

Joint Action: What Is Shared? Introduction to the special issue (2011)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill and Natalie Sebanz, Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2(2), pp. 137-146
--- links: external [doi: 10.1007/s13164-011-0062-3]

Infants' Representations of Causation (Commentary on Susan Carey, The Origin of Concepts) (2011)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34(3), pp. 126-127
--- links: external [doi: 10.1017/S0140525X10002426]

Children's Selective Learning from Others (2010)
--- by Erika Nurmsoo, Elizabeth Robinson, and Stephen A. Butterfill, Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1(4), pp. 551-561
--- links: external [doi: 10.1007/s13164-010-0043-y]

A Minimal Architecture for Joint Action (2010)
--- by Cordula Vesper, Stephen A. Butterfill, Guenther Knoblich and Natalie Sebanz, Neural Networks 23(8-9), pp. 998-1003
--- links: external [doi: 10.1016/j.neunet.2010.06.002]

Cue Competition Effects and Young Children's Causal and Counterfactual Inferences (2009)
--- by Teresa McCormack, Stephen A. Butterfill, Christoph Hoerl and Patrick Burns, Developmental Psychology 45(6), pp. 1563-1575
--- links: external [doi: 10.1037/a0017408]

Do Humans Have Two Systems to Track Beliefs and Belief-like States? (2009)
--- by Ian A. Apperly and Stephen A. Butterfill, Psychological Review 116(4), pp. 953-970
--- links: external [doi: 10.1037/a0016923]

Review of Self-Knowing Agents by Lucy O'Brien (2009)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Philosophical Review 118(3), pp. 413-5
--- links: external [doi: 10.1215/00318108-2009-013]

Seeing Causes and Hearing Gestures (2009)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Philosophical Quarterly 59(236), pp. 405-428
--- links: external [doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2008.585.x]

Review of The Rational Imagination by Ruth Byrne (2008)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Mind 117(468), pp. 1065-1069
--- links: external [doi: 10.1093/mind/fzn127]

What are Modules and What Is Their Role in Development? (2007)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Mind and Language 22(4), pp. 450-73
--- links: external [doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2007.00316.x]

Review of Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Edited by Quentin Smith and Aleksander Jokic (2005)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Philosophical Quarterly 55(219), pp. 373-375
--- links: external [doi: 10.1111/j.0031-8094.2005.00405.x]

Review of Thinking without Words by Jose Luis Bermudez (2004)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, Mind 113(452), pp. 733-736
--- links: external [doi: 10.1093/mind/113.452.733]

Two Kinds of Purposive Action (2001)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill, European Journal of Philosophy 9(2), pp. 141-165
--- links: external [doi: 10.1111/1468-0378.00133]

Awareness of Belief (2001)
--- by Stephen A. Butterfill in Beckermann, Ansgar and Nimtz, Christian (eds.), Argument & Analyse, vol. 2 , Bielefeld: Mentis
--- links: [pdf]

How to Distinguish Two (Or More) Systems for Social Cognition
--- at The Nature and Origins of Human Cognition, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 31 March 2016
--- slides [html]

Core Knowledge, Phenomenal Expectations and Thought
--- at New Directions in Philosophical Psychlogy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, 18 February 2016
--- slides [html]

Perceiving Mental States
--- University of Tuebingen, Germany, 16-24 December 2015
--- slides [html]

Purposive Action from Motor Representation to Intention
--- at How much mind do we need for responsibility?, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany, 12 November 2015
--- slides [html]

Acting Together: Motor Representation and Cooperation
--- at Kolloquium des Instituts für Philosophie II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, 11 November 2015
--- slides [html], handout [pdf]

Acting Together & Acting as One
--- at Desire and Action, University of Antwerp, 23 September 2015
--- slides [html]

How Do Mindreaders Model Minds?
--- at Mindreading, an invited symposium at the European Soceity for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP), University of Tartu, Estonia, 15 July 2015
--- slides [html]

Only Phenomenal Expectations Connect Core Knowledge of Objects to Thought
--- at The Nature and Origins of Human Cognition, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 18 June 2015
--- slides [html], handout [pdf]

Introduction to the Workshop on Practical Reasoning and Motor Representation
--- at Practical Reasoning and Motor Representation, University of Warwick, UK, 1 June 2015
--- slides [pdf]

Acting Together and Acting As One
--- at Empathy, Group Membership and We-Intentionality, Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 May 2015
--- slides [html]

Commentary on Wolfgang Prinz and Michael Graziano
--- at Modelling Self on Other, Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 19 May 2015
--- slides [html]

Systems, Models and Signature Limits
--- at Signature limits in implicit theory of mind: Evidence for two systems of mindreading? Workshop at the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 20 March 2015
--- slides [html]

Naturalising Joint Actions
--- at Naturalising Action, University of Tuebingen, Germany, 13 December 2014
--- slides [html]

Minimal Models of the Physical and of the Mental: Processes, Representations and Signature Limits
--- at Minimal Mindreading, University of Magdeburg, Germany, 7 November 2014
--- slides [html], handout [pdf]

Joint Action without Mindreading
--- Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 23 April 2014
--- slides [html], handout [pdf]

Joint Action
--- Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, 28 February 2014
--- slides [html], handout [pdf]

Shared Agency Involves Changing Perspective
--- Department of Philosophy, University of Manchester, 19 February 2014
--- slides [html], handout [pdf]

Collective Intentionality and Social Intelligence
--- University of Vienna, Austria, 12 December 2013

Varieties of Joint Action
--- at Varieties of Shared Intentionality, Institute of Philosophy, London, 2-03 December 2013

Motor Representation in Joint Action
--- at Vision, Action and Concepts, University of Lille, France, 28-30 October 2013
--- slides [html]

Perceiving Anger and Sharing Smiles: The Roles of Perception and Social Interaction in Acquiring Knowledge of Others’ Mental States
--- at Emotion and Social Cognition, University of Manchester, 13 September 2013

Not Just Wide but Shared: Joint Action Is a Core Form of Social Intelligence
--- at Wide Cognition and Social Intelligence, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, 19-23 August 2013

Collective Agency and Knowledge of Others’ Minds
--- at Aristotelian and Contemporary Perspectives on the Mind, University of Oxford, 6-7 August 2013

Planning for Collective Agency
--- University of Tuebingen, Germany, 24-24 July 2013

Planning for Collective Agency
--- at Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 22-24 July 2013

Joint Action and the Emergence of Mindreading
--- at Origins of Social Cognition Lecture Series, University of Antwerp, 2 May 2013

Minimal Theory of Mind: How to Measure Mental States
--- Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, 30 April 2013

How to Construct Cooperative Agents
--- at Cooperation: Why, How and With Whom?, University of Aarhus, 8-9 April 2013

Shared Agency with Parallel Planning
--- at Collective Intentionality, Center for interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, 2-4 April 2013

Two Systems and Two Theories of Mind
--- at Theory of Mind, Simulation and Meta-Cognition: Laureate's Colloquium with Josef Perner, Center for interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, 29 January 2013
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

Monitoring and Controlling the Mental States of Others
--- at All Souls Metacognition Seminars, University of Oxford, 24 January 2013
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

Shared Agency and Motor Representation
--- Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, 20 November 2012
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

Interacting Mindreaders
--- Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, 5 September 2012

Motor Representation and Shared Intention
--- at Collective Intentionality VII, University of Manchester, 28-31 August 2012
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

Intention and Motor Representation in Action Explanation
--- School of Psychology, University of Glasgow, 16 April 2012

Intention and Motor Representation in Explaining Action
--- at Reconceptions of Action, Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, 23-24 March 2012

Intention and Motor Representation in Joint Action
--- at Pre-Reflective and Reflective Processing in Social Interaction, University of Cambridge, 12-14 March 2012
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

Intention and Motor Representation in Joint Action
--- Institut Jean-Nicod, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 9 March 2012

Minimal Theory of Mind and Joint Action
--- University of Stirling, 17 November 2011

Joint Action and the Emergence of Mindreading
--- at Developmental Aspects of Joint Intentions and Actions, Institut Jean-Nicod, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, 3 November 2011
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

How to Construct a Minimal Theory of Mind
--- CUNY Graduate Center, New York, 13 October 2011

The Problem of Other Minds
--- at The British Science Festival, Bradford, 12 September 2011

Which Joint Actions Ground Social Cognition
--- at Rational Agency, Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tuebingen, 6 June 2011
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

Mindreading and Joint Action
--- at Das Gehirn - ein Beziehungsorgan, University of Heidelberg, 19 May 2011
--- slides [pdf], handout [pdf]

Talking About and Seeing Blue
--- at Colour and Sensory Knowledge, IUC Philosophy of Science Conference, Dubrovnik, 11-15 April 2011
--- slides [pdf]

Joint Action: Conceptual Tools for Scientific Research
--- Department of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Milano, 15 February 2011

Joint Action and Knowing Others' Minds
--- at Mindreading, Radbound University Nijmegen, 28-29 January 2011

Social Cognition (2015-6)
--- Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Joint Action (2015-6)
--- Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Origins of Mind
--- Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick (2013-5)
--- Milan Version Department of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, September 2014
--- Tuebingen Version University of Tuebingen, Germany, December 2015

Joint Action and the Emergence of Mindreading (Summer 2011-2)
--- Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Mindreading and Joint Action: Philosophical Tools (Autumn 2011-2)
--- Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest

Logic 1 (current)
--- Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Research

I research philosophical issues in cognitive and developmental psychology.

Most of my current research is on two topics, joint action and mindreading.

As well as writing alone on philosophical topics, I have some theoretical and experimental projects with scientific collaborators.

Position

I am currently Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

Qualifications

I have a DPhil and BPhil in Philosophy and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy, all from the University of Oxford.

Personal

I live in Southampton, UK with my wife Elisabeth Schroeder-Butterfill and four kids. (I'm not related to a politician; I'm also neither Jeremy Butterfield nor David Buttelmann.)