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Dr James Miller

Assistant Professor/JH Social Science (PPE) Advisor and Exam Board Rep

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Assistant Professor/JH Social Science (PPE) Advisor and Exam Board Rep in the Department of Philosophy  


About Me

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 am also currently writing a monograph on metaphysical realism and anti-realism, to be published as part of the Cambridge Elements in Metaphysics series.

I have recently 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.

Office Hours

During 2020-21 academic year, my office hours are online only, on Tuesdays 1-3.30pm via Microsoft Teams (Durham students have access to this via your Durham Microsoft 365 accounts, info here:

Research interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Linguistics
  • History of Analytic Philosophy


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Edited book

  • Miller, J. T. M (2021). The Language of Ontology. Oxford University Press.
  • Bliss, R. & Miller, J. T. M. (2020). The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics. Routledge.

Journal Article