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 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 re-organizing the philosophy of science provision at Birmingham.

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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