Dr Nicholas Jones B.A., M.A., PhD (Birkbeck, London)

Dr Nicholas Jones

Department of Philosophy
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

Address
ERI Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

My research lies at the intersection of metaphysics with language and logic. I’m particularly interested in understanding how the tools of formal logic have shaped the analytic philosophical tradition. Currently my main research project concerns the metaphysics of higher-order logic, and application of higher-order resources to the traditional problems of contemporary analytic metaphysics.

You can find more information about me at www.nkjones.com

Qualifications

I have a PhD in Philosophy from Birkbeck, University of London, supervised by Dorothy Edgington and Fraser MacBride. My thesis was on vagueness and the problem of the many. I also took a BA and MA in Philosophy at the University of Leeds.

Biography

I'm a philosopher from North Derbyshire, currently a Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the University of Birmingham's Department of Philosophy. I've been here since September 2013.

Before coming to Birmingham, I was a Fitzjames Research Fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford, and a Jacobsen Fellow at King's College London and the Institute of Philosophy. Before that, I studied for a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, under the supervision of Dorothy Edgington and Fraser MacBride. I also took a BA and MA in philosophy at the University of Leeds.

My philosophical interests lie at the intersection of metaphysics with logic and language. You can find out more at my website, nkjones.com.

From October 2017 - September 2019, I held an AHRC Leadership Fellowship for a project called "Higher-Order Metaphysics", investigating the metaphysics of higher-order logic and applications of higher-order resources within mainstream metaphysics. I was a Visiting Fellow at ConceptLab, University of Oslo in May 2018, and a Visiting Scholar at MIT in Autumn 2018. I currently serve on The Aristotelian Society's Executive Committee and as a Managing Editor for Ergo, an Open Access Journal of Philosophy.

Postgraduate supervision

My research lies at the intersection of metaphysics with philosophy of language and logic. You can find out more elsewhere on this page or by visiting my website (https://www.nkjones.com), where you can also download versions of all my publications.

I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students in most areas of metaphysics, philosophy of logic, and philosophy of language. Just get in touch!


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Research

My research lies at the intersection of metaphysics with philosophy of language and logic. Currently, my main research project concerns the metaphysics of higher-order logic, and applications of higher-order resources to the traditional problems of contemporary analytic metaphysics. I’ve also worked on dialetheism, essence, identity, material composition, modality, objecthood, unity, and vagueness. I won the 2012 Sanders Prize in Metaphysics for my work on constitution.

Publications

Highlight publications

Florio, S & Jones, N 2019, 'Unrestricted quantification and the structure of type theory' Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Jones, N 2019, 'Propositions and cognitive relations' Proceedings of the Aristotelean Society.

Jones, N 2017, 'Nominalist realism' Noûs. https://doi.org/10.1111/nous.12193

Jones, N 2016, 'A higher-order solution to the problem of the concept horse' Ergo: an open access journal of philosophy, vol. 3, 6, pp. 132-166. https://doi.org/10.3998/ergo.12405314.0003.006

Jones, N 2015, Multiple constitution. in K Bennett & D Zimmerman (eds), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 9. Oxford University Press, pp. chapter 9.

Recent publications

Article

Jones, N 2019, 'The proper treatment of identity in dialetheic metaphysics' The Philosophical Quarterly.

Jones, N 2018, 'How to unify' Ergo, vol. 5, no. 31, pp. 816-842. https://doi.org/10.3998/ergo.12405314.0005.031

Jones, N 2015, 'The representational limits of possible worlds semantics' Philosophical Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-015-0503-4

Bynoe, W & Jones, N 2013, 'Solitude without souls: why Peter Unger hasn't established substance dualism' Philosophia, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 109-125. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-012-9384-3

Jones, N 2011, 'Williams on supervaluationism and logical revisionism' Journal of Philosophy, vol. 108, no. 11, pp. 633-641.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Jones, N 2016, Object as a determinable. in MJ (ed.), Reality Making. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755722.003.0007

Book/Film/Article review

Jones, N 2017, 'Review of Imogen Dickie, Fixing Reference' Philosophy, vol. 92, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031819116000504

Review article

Jones, N 2014, 'Realism behind the veil' Analysis, vol. 74, no. 4, pp. 721-730. https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/anu073

Jones, N 2013, 'Review of John Heil's The Universe as we Find It' The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 253, pp. 839-841. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9213.12061

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Expertise

  • Logic 
  • Metaphysics