Dr James Miller
Assistant Professor / Director of Graduate Diploma / Exchange & Placement Coordinator / JH Social Science (PPE) Advisor and Exam Board Rep
|Assistant Professor / Director of Graduate Diploma / Exchange & Placement Coordinator / JH Social Science (PPE) Advisor and Exam Board Rep in the Department of Philosophy|
|Associate Member in the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)|
My research is primarily on topics in metaphysics and formal ontology, the philosophy of language and linguistics, and metaphilosophy. I am also interested in the history of analytic philosophy, in particular the work of Rudolf Carnap, and have written a number of pieces outlining and examining the philosophy of EJ Lowe.
At the moment, I'm working on some issues in the metaphysics of language (especially the ontology of words), and in metametaphysics. I have recently published a monograph on metaphysical realism and anti-realism as part of the Cambridge Elements in Metaphysics series.
I have also edited two books: The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics (2020, Routledge), and The Language of Ontology (2021, Oxford University Press).
Previously, I worked at Nottingham University and Trinity College Dublin in teaching-focused roles.
I would welcome enquiries from students wanting to carry out research on topics in metaphysics and/or ontology (including metametaphysics), philosophy of language (including the metaphysics/ontology of language), and philosophy of linguistics.
- History of Analytic Philosophy
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Linguistics
- Miller, J. (2022). Metaphysical Realism and Anti-realism. Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009006927
Chapter in book
- Miller, J. (2023). Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Analysis?. In M. Garcia-Godinez (Ed.), Thomasson on Ontology (85-108). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-23672-3_5
- Miller, J. (2022). Does Linguistics Need (Weak) Emergence?. In S. Wuppuluri, & I. Steward (Eds.), From Electrons to Elephants and Elections (23-38). (1). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92192-7_3
- Miller, J. (2021). What Counts as a 'Good Metaphysical Language'?. In J. Miller (Ed.), The Language of Ontology (102-118). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192895332.003.0007
- Miller, J. (2020). Metaphysics as the Science of the Possible. In R. Bliss, & J. Miller (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics (480-491). Routledge
- Miller, J. (2012). The Unavoidable Dream Problem. In D. Johnson, & W. Irwin (Eds.), Inception and Philosophy: Because It's Never Just a Dream. Wiley
- Miller, J. (Ed.). (2021). The Language of Ontology. Oxford University Press
- Bliss, R., & Miller, J. (Eds.). (2020). The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics. Routledge
- Miller, J. (in press). There Are No Uninstantiated Words. Inquiry, https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174x.2022.2078405
- Miller, J. (in press). Easy Ontology, Regress, and Holism. Erkenntnis, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-021-00432-7
- Miller, J. (in press). Hyperintensionality and Ontological Categories. Erkenntnis, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-022-00646-3
- Miller, J. (2023). Merely Verbal Disputes and Common Ground. Theoria, 89(1), 114-123. https://doi.org/10.1111/theo.12449
- Miller, J. (2022). Sameness of Word. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 18(2), Article A2. https://doi.org/10.31820/ejap.18.2.2
- Miller, J. (2021). Words, Species, and Kinds. Metaphysics, 4(1), 18-31. https://doi.org/10.5334/met.70
- Miller, J. (2021). A bundle theory of words. Synthese, 198, 5731-5748. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02430-3
- Miller, J. (2020). The ontology of words: Realism, nominalism, and eliminativism. Philosophy Compass, 15(7), Article e12691. https://doi.org/10.1111/phc3.12691
- Miller, J. (2020). On the individuation of words. Inquiry, 63(8), 875-884. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174x.2018.1562378
- Miller, J. (2019). Natural Name Theory and Linguistic Kinds. Journal of Philosophy, 116(9), 494-508. https://doi.org/10.5840/jphil2019116930
- Miller, J. (2018). Are All Primitives Created Equal?. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 56(2), 273-292. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjp.12279
- Miller, J. (2017). Language and ontological emergence. Philosophica (Gent. Printed), 91, 105-143
- Miller, J. (2016). The Non-existence of Ontological Categories: A defence of Lowe. Metaphysica, 17(2), 163-176. https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0012
- Miller, J. (2016). Can an Ontological Pluralist Really be a Realist?. Metaphilosophy, 47(3), 425-430. https://doi.org/10.1111/meta.12185
- Hughes, T. J., & Miller, J. (2014). Lexicalisation and the Origin of the Human Mind. Biosemiotics, 7(1), 11-27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12304-013-9189-1