University of Southampton
Southampton, S017 1BF
023 8059 1934
I'm an Associate Professor in philosophy at the University of Southampton. I'm also an Associate Editor of Analysis.
I was a trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics (2015-18); in 2016/17 I held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship on the Metaphysics of Art; and in 2015, I was a junior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, CEU, Budapest. Before joining Southampton in 2013, I taught for two years at Somerville College, Oxford. Previously, I took an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Philosophy at University College London.
I work on topics in philosophical logic, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. Most of my work is focused on:
1. Fictional characters. I'm writing a monograph arguing that 1) fictional names have use on which they don't refer and a use on which they refer to fictional characters; 2) authors create fictional characters which are representations of things that don't exist; and 3) there are true sentences containing empty names. See my draft fictional names.
2. Free logic and metaontology. Given that there are true sentences containing empty names, and generalizations from such sentences, how should we approach ontological commitment? I'm developing a complex neo-Fregean approach to both first- and second-order metaontology.
3. The metaphysics of repeatable artworks. I defend the view that repeatable artworks are created types propagated through causal chains. See my Repeatable Artworks as Created Types.
4. The logic and semantics of conditionals. I argue that the truth of irrelevant semifactuals show that counterfactuals with true components are automatically true, and that Hypothetical Syllogism is invalid.
Outside of these three areas, I've also published on truth in fiction, mereology and material constitution, perception, and modal logic.
I am very happy to supervise graduate students in any of my current research areas broadly construed.