Dr Callum Duguid

Dr Callum Duguid


I joined the School of PRHS in late 2017, following having completed my PhD here with Steven French. I was previously a Masters student (in Philosophy) at Nottingham and an undergraduate (in Mathematics and Philosophy) at Glasgow.

Research interests

My primary research interests lie within metaphysics and the philosophy of science. I subscribe to the view that the best way to make progress in our metaphysical accounts of the world is through paying close attention to the content of our best scientific theories. It is often challenging to extract philosophical lessons from these theories, but doing so is necessary if the position we hold is to be as accurate and updated as possible.

My current research interests primarily concern scientific laws and theoretical principles, ways of understanding how science explains, and which kinds of metaphysical ontologies are supported by scientific theories.

My doctoral dissertation was on some of the challenges raised to a Humean picture of the world by contemporary science. In it, I argued that the Humean view of laws of nature as descriptive regularities can be adapted to overcome these challenges.

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Research groups and institutes

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy
  • Centre for History and Philosophy of Science
  • Centre for Metaphysics and Mind