Professor Alastair Wilson BA, BPhil, DPhil (Oxon)

Professor Alastair Wilson

Department of Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building, University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I’m a philosopher 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.


  • BA in Physics & Philosophy (Oxford, 2005)
  • BPhil in Philosophy (Oxford, 2007)
  • DPhil 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 DPhil 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 and Elements of Logic and Metaphysics 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.

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



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