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Metaphysics of Science

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Wilson
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

I am interested in supervising students on any aspect of metaphysics of science. This rapidly-growing area of metaphysics involves questions about laws, chances, modality, dispositions, forces, counterfactuals, explanation, fundamentality, grounding, mereology, space and time. Questions could include:

Are laws of nature necessary, and if so, in what sense?
Are non-trivial objective chances compatible with determinism?
How do chances relate to counterfactuals?
Do we need the ideology of fundamentality and grounding to make sense of science?
Could space and time be non-fundamental?
Must there be a fundamental level?

Funding Notes

Through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Birmingham is one of six institutions awarding 87 PhD in 2015/16. Applications have now closed, but will reopen for the 2016/17 round in September 2015.

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