I’m Associate Professor at University of Leeds’ School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science. I mainly research philosophy of science, covering various topics in epistemology and metaphysics of science.
Much of my work is on scientific realism and scientific explanations, and their intersection. I often study these topics in relation to history and philosophy of physics. My recent work includes editing a major handbook of scientific realism, and a collection of new essays on non-causal explanation. The next edited volume (soon out) will focus on scientific realism and quantum physics. I am currently on research leave, generously funded by British Academy, to finish a monograph on scientific realism and science of light.
I also work on laws of nature, reduction/emergence, and other topics in metaphysics of science, as well as selected topics in philosophy of physics. Other prominent research interests include philosophical naturalism, and models and representation. I’m keen to work with motivated PhD students in any of these broad areas.
As you might expect, I regularly teach philosophy at all university levels and do all kinds of academic service. (I typically direct one or another area of our School’s large postgraduate provision. ) I also do my best to support the great international community of scholars working in the philosophy of science, for example as a member of the executive committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science. If you are interested in philosophy of science, do consider joining the BSPS – it’s fantastic!
Selected talks in 2018:
- May: Public talk on scientific realism 1, Leeds
- June: ‘Explanatory Power’ workshop, Geneva.
- July: BSPS 2018, Oxford?
- September: Public talk on scientific realism 2, Leeds
- October: International Ontology Congress, San Sebastian.
- November: Kyoto (pending funding)
- December: Public talk on scientific realism 3, Leeds.