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

Dr. Alastair Wilson

Department of Philosophy
Senior Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

ERI Building, University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I’m a Senior Birmingham Fellow in Philosophy, focusing on research in metaphysics and philosophy of physics. I also have research interests in epistemology and philosophy of science. For more information please visit my personal website.


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


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 working on a book loosely based on my D.Phil. thesis, and on a series of papers concerning the nature of non-causal explanation. I am Philpapers editor for the categories 'Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics' and 'Theories of Modality'.


I'm currently teaching early modern philosophy to second year undergraduates and philosophy of science to third years.

Postgraduate supervision

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


  • 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.