Will received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2021. During his studies, he lectured and tutored for courses in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Religion, and Logic, and spent some time in an immunology lab at the University of Bordeaux for the ERC-funded Project IDEM (Immunology, Development and the Microbiota).
Will’s research is mainly at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of biology. His PhD was on the Problem of Biological Individuality in the philosophy of biology which asks ‘What is an Organism?’. Will argues that on the one hand, metaphysics provides a valuable contribution to the debate by exposing problematic assumptions had by its participants to do with parts and wholes, persistence and personal identity, and on the other hand, that insights from the philosophy of biology are important for contemporary metaphysics. The upshot is that there is a vital need for synthesis between these two areas of philosophy.
Will continues to research the metaphysics of organisms with MetaScience, and its relation to broader issues in metaphysics, metaontology, and the philosophy of science such as material composition, reductionism and pluralism. His most recent work, published in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, defends a substance ontology framework for the biological realm, and perhaps, in science more generally.
Read Will's 'MetaViews' interview to catch up with his recent work (published 16 January, 2023).
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. All project outputs are published Open Access. Website photo credit: Matt Lincoln Photography
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