Patrick is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of PhilosophyUniversity of St Andrews.

His main research interests are in the philosophy of logic, the philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphilosophy, and mental illness. He is interested in the nature of paradox, vagueness, the liar paradox, indeterminacy, skepticism, knowledge, truth, assertion, context, relativism, time, conceptual engineering, neutralism, and the open future.

For 2003-4, he was an Arché Research Fellow in the AHRC Project Vagueness: Its Nature and Logic. In 2007-8, he was a Research Fellow in the ARC Epistemic Warrant Project, Australian National University. From 2009-11, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Time, University of Sydney. He was a network member for Perspectival Thoughts and Facts (PETAF), 2010-13. He was also the UConn Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2010. He was the co-investigator (with Crispin Wright) for the Leverhulme Project Relativism and Rational Tolerance, University of Aberdeen, 2014-15. Patrick was a visiting research fellow at ConceptLab, University of Oslo, April 23rd – July 2nd 2017, and for April – July 2018. He was a member of the LOGOS Project Fallibility, Rational Belief, and Knowledge, (FARBEK), University of Barcelona, 2014-18.

He is also the PhilPapers editor for Truth.

He is a founding member of the Mad+Sad+Bad Research Collective at the University of St Andrews. Our first workshop was in April 2024:

The Neutrality and Neutralism Workshop Poster:

The poster for The Departmental Research Unmasked Seminar (which I co-organise with Ben Sachs):


Ukraine 2024:


Hong Kong Harbour, 2023:


My mother’s cat, 2023:


Cyprus, 2016:


Taken in 2018: (before I went completely grey and grizzled):