Professor Alastair Wilson

Professor Alastair Wilson


I'm a philosopher at the University of Leeds, working on metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of physics. I was President of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science in 2017-18 and Honorary Secretary, Committee Member, Journal Liaison and Trustee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science from 2018-23. I remain on the Council of the SMS and am also a member of the Climate Committee of the Philosophy of Science Association. I am PhilPapers editor for the categories Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and Theories of Modality, a member of the editorial board of Philosophy of Physics and a Managing Editor of Ergo.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis was on the metaphysics of Everettian (many-worlds) quantum mechanics; this line of thought culminated in my book The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism (OUP, 2020). More recently I have worked on explanation and dependence in physics and metaphysics as part of my ERC-funded project FraMEPhys on metaphysical explanation in physics which ran 2018-2023. I have also worked on laws of nature, chance, counterfactuals, and the epistemology of disagreement and of self-locating beliefs.

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  • DPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford
  • BPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford
  • BA in Physics and Philosophy, University of Oxford

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate researchers

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