Most of my research is in philosophy of science. I have particular interest e.g. in scientific realism; scientific and mathematical explanation; philosophy of physics; the nature of scientific theories and models.

Recently I have also also worked on the relationship between science and metaphysics, and on emergence.

Recent and ongoing research projects

Scientific Realism Reinvigorated (January – December 2018)
British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Scientific Realism and the Quantum (March 2015 – February 2018)
AHRC Research Grant

Emergence and Laws of Nature (October 2014 – September 2015)
Templeton Trust Grant in affiliation with the Durham Emergence Project

New Books

Scientific Realism Reconfigured (working title)
Monograph on scientific realism. Main project for 2018.

Scientific Realism and the Quantum
15 chapters of new research at the intersection of scientific realism and philosophy of quantum physics. Co-edited with S. French for OUP, 2018.

Papers in progress

Here are some of my (too many) papers in various stages of progress.

On theories of explanation and explanatory inferences

‘Mathematical, Explanatory Generality, and Ontological Commitment’ (with R. Knowles)
Email for draft.

‘Mathematical Explanations in Physics’
For Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Physics.

On scientific realism

‘Realism and Antirealism in the Philosophy of Modern Physics’
For Philosophy Compass.

‘Scientific Realism Meets Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics’ download
Philosophers Think About Quantum Theory, Alberto Cordero (ed.), Springer, forthcoming

On structuralism / structural realism

‘Analogies and Models: a Challenge to Model-Theoretic Structuralism’
Work-in-progress.

On naturalism and its repercussions

‘Naturalism and the Benacerraf-Field challenge to Platonism’
Work-in-progress.

On emergence

‘Too weak: Wilson on “weak metaphysical emergence”‘
Work-in-progress.