Alastair Wilson


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Prof Wilson has particular interests in the following topics:

Everettian Quantum Mechanics
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.


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Personal profile


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, Philosophy, University of Oxford

1 Sept 20079 Jul 2011

Award Date: 3 May 2013

Master of Philosophy, Philosophy, University of Oxford

1 Sept 200530 Jun 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Bachelor of Arts, Physics and Philosophy, University of Oxford

1 Sept 200130 Jun 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005


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


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