Dr. Alastair Wilson B.A., B.Phil, D.Phil (Oxon)

 

Birmingham Fellow

Department of Philosophy

alastair-wilson

Contact details

ERI Building, University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

About

I’m a Birmingham Fellow in Philosophy, focusing on research in metaphysics and philosophy of physics. I also have research interests in epistemology and philosophy of science. My personal webpage is here.

Qualifications

B.A. in Physics & Philosophy (Oxford, 2005)
B.Phil in Philosophy (Oxford, 2007)
D.Phil in Philosophy (Oxford, 2011)

Biography

After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at various Oxford colleges, I spent a year and a half in Australia as a post-doc at Monash University, before joining Birmingham in 2012. My doctoral thesis was on the metaphysics of Everettian (many-worlds) quantum mechanics. I have also worked on laws of nature, chance, properties, causation, counterfactuals, and the epistemology of disagreement and of self-locating beliefs. My current research project is on fundamentality in physics and metaphysics. I am also editing a collection of papers on chance and time which will appear with OUP in September 2014, and working on a book loosely based on my D.Phil. thesis. I am Philpapers editor for the category 'Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics'.

Teaching

I have taught metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, Kant, and philosophy of mind. I'm currently developing courses in metaphysics and early modern philosophy.

Postgraduate supervision

I'm happy to supervise or co-supervise graduates in most areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.

Research

  • Fundamentality
  • Everettian Quantum Mechanics
  • Modality
  • Chance
  • Causation
  • Dispositions
  • Counterfactuals
  • Disagreement
  • Self-locating belief
  • Space & time

A video of a presentation entitled 'Quantum Mechanics and the Metaphysics of Many Worlds'. This was recorded at the 2012 PhysPhil conference at the University of St Andrews.

A podcast of talk entitled 'Quidditism and Modal Methodology' given at the Power Structuralism Research Seminar in Oxford on January 16th 2013.

Publications

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