David Papineau (born 1947) is an academic philosopher. He works as Professor of Philosophy of Science at King's College London, having previously taught for several years at Cambridge University and been a fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge. He was born in Italy and grew up in Trinidad, England and South Africa and currently lives in London with his wife, Rose Wild, and their two children Katy and Louis.
Papineau received a BSc in mathematics from the University of Natal and a BA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Papineau's works focus on metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. Papineau is well known as a proponent of philosophical naturalism and realism.
Papineau was elected President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for 1993-5, of the Mind Association for 2009–10 and of the Aristotelian Society for 2013-4.
- For Science in the Social Sciences (1978)
- Theory and Meaning (1979)
- Reality and Representation (1987)
- Philosophical Naturalism (1993)
- Introducing Consciousness' (2000)
- Thinking about Consciousness (2002)
- The Roots of Reason: Philosophical Essays on Rationality, Evolution and Probability (2003)
- Philosophical Devices (2012)