I am Professor of Philosophy
at the University of St Andrews, and have two main areas of research (on one
carving, at least):
and related topics in philosophy of science
particularly (i) knowledge how and (ii) trust, which sometimes takes me further
afield, into ethics and beyond.
I am also Head of the School
of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies. For Head of School business please email email@example.com; for enquiries
connected to my teaching or research, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some information
about my publications, teaching, and life.
and Time for the Cambridge
Companion to Life and Death, edited by Steven Luper.
Innocence updated draft for a volume on Composition as Identity, edited by Donald Baxter and Aaron
Cotnoir, forthcoming with OUP.
on Persistence, forthcoming for Blackwell
Companion to David Lewis, edited by Barry Loewer and Jonathan
the Pie Any Way You Like? Cotnoir
on General Identity, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, edited by Karen Bennett and
Distrust and Commitment, Noûs
(currently published ‘Early View’, forthcoming in print). Paper available open access on the
journal website here.
and Prejudice in Trusting, Synthese
(currently published ‘Online First’, forthcoming in print). Journal here
are Natural Kinds? co-authored with Alexander Bird, Philosophical Perspectives 25.1
(2011), 205-221. Journal here.
How and Epistemic Injustice, in Knowing
How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind and Action, edited by John Bengson and
Marc A. Moffett, New York: Oxford University Press (2011): pp. 283-299.
and Knowing How, in Studies in the
History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 41.4 December 2010 (special
memorial issue for Peter Lipton, edited by Anjan Chakravartty): 397-404. Journal here.
Modality and Magic Australasian
Journal of Philosophy 88.1 (March 2010), 117-133. Journal here.
and Indiscernibility, Mind 118(1) (January 2009),101-119.
and Determination, Philosophy
83 supplement 62 (2008), 197-212 (special issue on Being: Developments in Contemporary Metaphysics). Journal here.
and Quantifier Variance’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Supplementary Volume LXXI (2007), 233-49. Journal here
as a Guide to Metaphysics?, Synthese, 149 (2006), pp. 451-470. Journal here.
of Composition and Criteria of Identity’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 84.4 (2006), 481-93. Journal here.
66 (2006), 300-303. Journal here.
Fusion and Intrinsic Facts', Philosophy and Phenomenological
Research, 71.3 (2005),
602-621. Journal here.
Simple or Extremely Simple',
Monist, 87.3 (2004), pp. 385-404.
'Success and Knowledge How', American Philosphical Quarterly,
40.1 (2003), 19-31. .
- 'Vagueness and Existence', Proceedings of the
Aristotelian Society, CII.2 (2002), pp 125-140. Journal here.
- 'Persistence and Non-Supervenient
108, (1999), pp 53-67. Journal here. Re-printed in Persistence, edited by Haslanger and Kurtz.
on whether Being Conscious is Intrinsic', Mind, 107, (1998), pp. 841-3. Journal here.
- 'Indeterminism and Indeterminacy', Analysis , vol. 58, no.
2 (1998) pp. 101-106. Journal here.
Temporary Properties are not Relations between Physical Objects and Times', Proceedings of the
Aristotelian Society , vol. XCVIII, no. 2 (1998), pp. 211-16. Journal here.
and Relativity’, Routledge Companion to Metaphysics,
edited by Robin Le Poidevin, Peter Simons, Ross Cameron and Andrew
McGonigal, Routledge (2009): pp. 507-516.
Parts’, draft entries for the Handbook
of Mereology, edited by Hans Burkhardt, Johanna Seibt and Guido
Imaguire: Philosophia Verlag.
- 'Temporal Parts', Stanford Encyclopedia of
Philosophy (link to encyclopedia).
- 'Types of Personal Identity', Cogito, vol.11, no.2
(1997), pp. 117-122.
notice of Knowledge on Trust
by Paul Faulkner, published in Abstracta
Special Issue VI (2012), 84-91. Journal here, includes
contributions by Guy Longworth, Arnon Keren, Edward S. Hinchman, and Peter
J. Graham, with précis and replies by Paul Faulkner.
study of Truth and Ontology
by Trenton Merricks, for a symposium in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 83.1 (July 2011),
196-202. Journal here,
includes contributions by Karen Bennett and Kris McDaniel, with précis and
replies by Trenton Merricks..
notice of Every Thing Must Go by
Ladyman, Ross et al, part of a symposium published in MetaScience, 19.2 (July 2010). 174-9. Journal here,
includes contributions by Kyle Stanford and Paul Humphreys, with responses
from Ladyman and Ross.
study of Four-Dimensionalism
by Ted Sider, Noûs 40.2 (2006)
pp. 380-93. Journal here.
- 'Thomas S. Kuhn's Mysterious Worlds', Studies in History and
Philosophy of Science , vol. 27, no. 2 (1996), pp. 291-300.
(Essay review of Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions by Paul
Hoyningen-Huene, and of World Changes, edited by Paul Horwich.)
on Trust, by Paul Faulkner, reviewed in Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 63
(January 2013), 170-71.
Structure of Objects, by Kathrin Koslicki, reviewed in International Studies in the Philosophy
of Science, vol.24.3 (September 2010), 336-9.
- Identity in Physics, by Steven
French and Décio Krause, reviewed in International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
by Andrew Melnyk, reviewed in MetaScience, vol. 14.2 (2005), 277-281.
Causation by Phil Dowe, reviewed in MetaScience.
- The Possibility of Metaphysics by E.J. Lowe, reviewed in The British Journal for
the Philosophy of Science, vol. 50, no.3 (1999), pp. 478-482.
- Beauty and Revolution in Science by James McAllister, reviewed
in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, vol.48, no.2
(1997), pp. 297-99.
- Scientific Nihilism by Daniel Athearn, reviewed in International
Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol.9, no.2 (1995), pp.183-6.
For 2012-13: PY4642 Trust,
Knowledge and Society (co-teaching with Jessica Brown), and PY5325 Metaphysics
(with Patrick Greenough).
In spring 2012 I taught
PY5325 Contemporary Issues in Metaphysics: here
is the syllabus.
I welcome enquiries from
potential PhD students: please email me to discuss your project.
I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent,
studied Physics and Philosophy at Balliol
spent a few inarticulate months living in France,
then moved to Cambridge,
where I took an M.Phil. then a Ph.D. in the Department of History and
Philosophy of Science (working with Peter Lipton). I was Henry Sidgwick
Research Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge,
before taking up a lectureship at St Andrews
in 1999. I have two children, Fiona and Daniel, who were born in 2004.
Updated March 2013.
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