Dr Robert Knowles


I currently hold a British Academy post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Leeds. I was awarded my PhD in 2015 from the University of Manchester, after which I spent a year as teaching fellow at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

I work on issues relating to the applicability of mathematics in science. In particular: what we can conclude about the nature of mathematics from the role it plays in scientific explanation. I also have interest in the epistemology of language, the semantics/pragmatics divide, and the philosophy of religion.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • Philosophy PhD
  • Philosophy MRes
  • Philosophy BA (Hons)

Student education

I teach philosophy at UG and PG level.