Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Mathematics Research Cluster

The Philosophy department at Birmingham has recently invested heavily in philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics.

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New members of staff who work in these areas include Professor Scott Sturgeon and Dr Alex Silk, Birmingham Fellow Nicholas Jones, and Distinguished Research Professor Kit Fine. As a result of these stellar appointments, our philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics research cluster is one of the most exciting research communities in this area.

Some research topics that are of particular interest to the cluster include:

In Philosophy of Language:

  • Naturalistic theories of content determination
  • Internalist and Externalist theories of content
  • Normativity of meaning
  • Phenomenal concepts
  • Semantic relationism
  • Vagueness and semantic paradoxes
  • Model theoretic semantics
  • Theories of truth
  • The semantics of deontic terms
  • Meaning and understanding
  • Logical connectives and quanitification
  • Theory of descriptions

In Philosophy of Mathematics:

  • Fictionalism
  • Objectivity and decidability
  • Epistemology of mathematics
  • Mathematics and science
  • Indeterminacy
  • Frege's philosophy of mathematics
  • The status of sets
  • Sets, types and the foundations of mathematics

Postgraduate study  

For postgraduates interested in studying programmes or modules in these areas of philosophy, we offer the Philosophy MA .Our combined research and taught Philosophy MRes programme also includes modules in philosophy of language, and those wishing to conduct pure research in the field may register for our Philosophy PhD programme.

All our postgraduate students benefit from the academic strengths of our research cluster. They are often co-supervised by our Distinguished Research Professors and members of staff from associated clusters across the University, so that they have access to different perspectives on their research topic. If you are interested in doing postgraduate research in the philosophy of language or philosophy of mathematics at Birmingham, please feel free to contact our Director of Research Admissions, Professor Scott Sturgeon (s.sturgeon@bham.ac.uk).

Supervisors in philosophy of languge and philosophy of methematics

Dr Justin Clarke-Doane

Honorary Research Fellow

  • Ethics
  • Metaethics
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophies of mathematics and logic

Professor Kit Fine

Distinguished Research Professor

  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of language

Professor Fine will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Dr Salvatore Florio

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

  • Philosophy of language
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of logic
  • Philosophy of mathematics

Dr Nicholas Jones

Dr Nicholas Jones

Birmingham Fellow

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of logic
  • Philosophy of language

Dr Alex Silk

Lecturer in Philosophy

  • Philosophy of language
  • Ethics
  • Metaethics

Dr Alastair Wilson

Dr Alastair Wilson

Reader

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of physics