Project Team and Advisory Board - MetaScience Kick-off Workshop, June 2019
Alexander Bird is Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King’s College London, having previously held the chair in philosophy at the University of Bristol. Before that he was lecturer and then reader at Edinburgh. He has held visiting positions at Dartmouth College, St Louis University, Helsinki University, St John’s College Oxford, and All Souls College Oxford
Alexander’s published books are Philosophy of Science (1998), Thomas Kuhn (2000), and Nature’s Metaphysics (2007). His work is characterised by the rejection of empiricism, in both metaphysics and epistemology, and by integrating central topics in metaphysics and epistemology with philosophy of science. Alexander’s current project Knowing Science, Knowing Medicine aims to bring insights from general epistemology to bear on the philosophy of science and medicine.
Alyssa Ney is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis. Alyssa received a MA and Ph.D in Philosophy from Brown University and a BS in Physics and Philosophy from Tulane University.
Alyssa’s research examines what our best fundamental physical theories can tell us about the world. Much of her work is concerned with clarifying and defending physicalism. Alyssa argues that physicalism is best understood as an attitude one takes to approaching issues of fundamental metaphysics, a commitment to endorsing the entailments of our best, current physical theories. Some of her more recent work also explores what is the best empirical case that can be made for physicalism.
Alyssa has also been engaged with the interpretation of quantum theories. In a series of articles, she explores and defends the view that quantum entanglement may suggest that the world we inhabit is not fundamentally constituted by a collection of objects in three-dimensional space, but rather a field spread out in a much-higher-dimensional space.
Alyssa is Associate Editor at The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics Editor at Ergo. She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association.
Jessica Wilson (Ph.D Cornell, 2001) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto St. George and Scarborough. Wilson's research focuses on metaphysics, philosophical methodology, and epistemology, with applications to philosophy of mind and science. In 2014 she was a co-recipient of the Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution, and in 2017 she was awarded a 5-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Grant for her project, 'How Metaphysical Dependence Works'. Wilson's book, Metaphysical Emergence, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Max Kistler is professor in the department of philosophy at université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and member of IHPST (Institut d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques). Max got his Master in physics at the university of Munich, and studied philosophy in Munich, Montpellier and Paris, where he earned his PhD in 1995. He held positions in Dijon, Clermont-Ferrand, Paris-Nanterre, and Grenoble.
His research topics include causation, powers and dispositions, laws of nature, natural kinds, and reduction. He is the author of Causation and Laws of Nature (Routledge, 2006), L’esprit matériel. Réduction et émergence (Ithaque, 2016), co-author (with A. Barberousse et P. Ludwig), of La philosophie des sciences au XXe siècle (Flammarion, 2000), co-editor (with B. Gnassounou) of Dispositions and Causal Powers (Ashgate, 2007), editor of special issues of Philosophie (Causalité, 2006), Synthese (New Perspectives on Reduction and Emergence in Physics, Biology, and Psychology, 2006), Philosophical Psychology (Cognition and Neurophysiology: Mechanism, Reduction, and Pluralism, 2009), Synthese (New Trends in the Metaphysics of Science, 2018).
Robin Hendry is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, where he has worked for a long time. He took his PhD at the London School of Economics, then taught briefly at Edinburgh before his appointment at Durham. His research interests include the history and philosophy of chemistry, its relationship to physics, and more general philosophical issues such as classification and natural kinds, and scientific realism.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 771509. Website photo credit: Matt Lincoln Photography .