University of Southampton
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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. More details are available in my CV.
Most of my work is focused on three areas in the philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and metaphysics:
1. Fictional characters and their names.
I'm writing a monograph arguing that 1) authors create fictional characters which are representations of things that don't exist; 2) fictional names have both referring and non-referring uses; and 3) empty names are meaningful and are best captured by a positive free logic.
2. The metaphysics of repeatable artworks. I defend the view that repeatable artworks are created types propagated through causal chains along the lines sketched in my Repeatable Artworks as Created Types.
3. 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 (see my Against Hypothetical Syllogism and An Argument for Conjunction Conditionalization).
Outside of these 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.