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

Dr Nicholas Jones

Department of Philosophy
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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


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.


Before joining Birmingham, I was a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Philosophy at Merton College, University of Oxford (2011-2013). Before that, I was a Jacobsen Research Fellow at King’s College London and the Institute of Philosophy (2010-2011). I’m originally from Derbyshire.

Postgraduate supervision

I’m interested in supervising graduate students in most areas of metaphysics and philosophy of logic & language. Just send me an email if you’d like to discuss your project.

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


I mostly think about things like: essence, identity, logical consequence, material constitution, mathematical representation, mereology, modality, objecthood, properties and relations, model-theoretic semantics, persistence, quantification, ontological commitment, truth, and vagueness.


Electronic versions of all my publications are available online at www.nkjones.com

Research articles

  • (2017), “Verities and truth-values” in Lee Walters & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conditionals, Probability and Paradox: Themes from the Philosophy of Dorothy Edgington. OUP.
  • (2017), “Nominalist realism” in Noûs. Online Early View. 
  • (2016), “A higher-order solution to the problem of the concept horse” in Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 3: 6: 132-166.
  • (2016) “Object as a determinable” in Mark Jago (ed.), Reality Making, chapter 6. OUP.
  • (2016), “The representational limits of possible worlds semantics” in Philosophical Studies 173: 2: 479-503. 
  • (2015) “Multiple constitution” in Bennet & Zimmerman (eds.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 9. OUP. (Winner of the Sanders Prize for Metaphysics 2012.)
  • (2013) “Solitude without souls: why Peter Unger hasn’t established substance dualism” in Philosophia 41:1:109-125. (Co-authored with Will Bynoe.)
  • (2011) “Williams on supervaluationism and logical revisionism” in The Journal of Philosophy 108: 633-641.

Critical studies and reviews

  • (2017) “Review of Imogen Dickie, Fixing Reference” in Philosophy 92: 1: 148-153.
  • (2014) “Realism behind the veil” in Analysis 74: 4: 721-730.
  • (2013) “Review of John Heil, The universe as we find it” in The Philosophical Quarterly 63: 253: 839-841.

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  • Logic 
  • Metaphysics