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Dr Matthew Tugby

Associate Professor/Deputy for BoS/Director of MLM Research Cluster

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Associate Professor/Deputy for BoS/Director of MLM Research Cluster in the Department of Philosophy +44 (0) 191 33 46576


Administrative Roles

Deputy to the Board of Studies

Office Hours

10.00-13.00 on Tuesdays (term time only; please email in advance to arrange an online meeting)

Research Interests

My core philosophical interests lie in the metaphysics of science and I publish mainly on the topics of dispositions, laws, causation and the problem of universals. I believe that properties are metaphysically fundamental and that they can help to explain many other metaphysical phenomena such as causation, chance, dispositions, laws, modality, and natural kinds. I am a Platonic realist about properties and my current work focuses on how arguments from science might motivate a Platonic metaphysics.

I am a former winner of the Mind Association Research Fellowship. I am currently finalising work on a monograph called 'Putting Properties First', which is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Research interests

  • Metaphysics (especially the topics of essence, identity and individuation, modality, ontological dependence, properties and substance)
  • Metaphysics of Science (especially the topics of causation, chance, dispositions, laws and natural kinds)


Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Mumford, Stephen & Tugby, Matthew (2013). Metaphysics and Science. Mind Association Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article