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Dr Matthew Tugby

Associate Professor/Exchange/Placement Co-ordinator/Directot of UG &PG Student Experience/Careers and Alumni Officer


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Associate Professor/Exchange/Placement Co-ordinator/Directot of UG &PG Student Experience/Careers and Alumni Officer in the Department of Philosophy +44 (0) 191 33 46576

Biography

Administrative Roles

Deputy for the Board of Studies; Director of Student Experience; Departmental Careers Officer.

Office Hours

10.00-13.00 on Fridays (term time only; please email Matthew 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)

Awarded Grants

  • 2015: Scientific Platonism: A Study in the Metaphysics of Science(£19347.64 from MIND)

Publications

Chapter in book

Edited book

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

Journal Article