My research lies at the intersection of metaphysics with philosophy of language and logic. Currently, my main research project concerns the metaphysics of higher-order logic, and applications of higher-order resources to the traditional problems of contemporary analytic metaphysics. I’ve also worked on dialetheism, essence, identity, material composition, modality, objecthood, unity, and vagueness. I won the 2012 Sanders Prize in Metaphysics for my work on constitution.
I'm a philosopher from North Derbyshire, currently a Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the University of Birmingham's Department of Philosophy. I've been here since September 2013.
Before coming to Birmingham, I was a Fitzjames Research Fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford, and a Jacobsen Fellow at King's College London and the Institute of Philosophy. Before that, I studied for a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, under the supervision of Dorothy Edgington and Fraser MacBride. I also took a BA and MA in philosophy at the University of Leeds.
My philosophical interests lie at the intersection of metaphysics with logic and language. You can find out more at my website, nkjones.com.
From October 2017 - September 2019, I held an AHRC Leadership Fellowship for a project called "Higher-Order Metaphysics", investigating the metaphysics of higher-order logic and applications of higher-order resources within mainstream metaphysics. I was a Visiting Fellow at ConceptLab, University of Oslo in May 2018, and a Visiting Scholar at MIT in Autumn 2018. I currently serve on The Aristotelian Society's Executive Committee and as a Managing Editor for Ergo, an Open Access Journal of Philosophy.
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.
Doctor of Philosophy, Birkbeck College
Too Many Cats: The Problem of the Many and the Metaphysics of Vagueness
Willingness to take PhD students
My research lies at the intersection of metaphysics with philosophy of language and logic. You can find out more elsewhere on this page or by visiting my website (https://www.nkjones.com), where you can also download versions of all my publications.
I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students in most areas of metaphysics, philosophy of logic, and philosophy of language. Just get in touch!