Alastair Wilson

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Prof Wilson has particular interests in the following topics: Causation Chance Counterfactuals Disagreement Dispositions Everettian Quantum Mechanics Fundamentality Grounding Modality Self-locating belief Space and time Prof Wilson is happy to supervise or co-supervise graduates in most areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.

20092022

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Biography

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, and this line of thought culminated in my 2020 book The Nature of Contingency. More recently I have worked on explanation and dependence in physics and metaphysics as part of my ERC-funded project FraMEPhys, with a book manuscript in progress on metaphysical explanation in physics. I have also worked on laws of nature, chance, properties, causation, counterfactuals, and the epistemology of disagreement and of self-locating beliefs. I was President of the Society for Metaphysics of Science in 2017-18 and Honorary Secretary of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science in 2018-19. I remain on the SMS and BSPS committees, and am also a member of the climate task force of the Philosophy of Science Association and a Trustee of the Philosophy of Physics Association. I am Philpapers editor for the categories 'Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics' and 'Theories of Modality', and a managing editor of the open-access journal Ergo.

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

1 Sep 20079 Jul 2011

Award Date: 3 May 2013

Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford

1 Sep 200530 Jun 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

1 Sep 200130 Jun 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

Keywords

  • B Philosophy (General)
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of physics
  • chance
  • modality
  • philosophy of science
  • epistemology
  • grounding
  • causation

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  • Necessity first

    Wilson, A., 1 Jan 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Argumenta.

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  • Counterpossible Reasoning in Physics

    Wilson, A., Dec 2021, In: Philosophy of Science. 88, 5, p. 1113-1124 12 p.

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  • Explanations of and in Time

    Wilson, A., 12 Aug 2021, Philosophy Beyond Spacetime: Implications from Quantum Gravity. Wüthrich, C., Le Bihan, B. & Huggett, N. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 182-198 17 p.

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  • Fundamentality and levels in Everettian quantum mechanics

    Wilson, A., 22 Nov 2021, (Accepted/In press) Quantum Mechanics and Fundamentality: Naturalizing Quantum Theory between Scientific Realism and Ontological Indeterminacy. Allori, V. (ed.). Springer, (Synthese Library).

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  • How chance explains

    Hicks, M. & Wilson, A., 15 Oct 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Noûs.

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