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Professor Alexander Bird

BirdPeter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine

Tel: TBA
Email: alexander.bird@kcl.ac.uk
Address: Department of Philosophy
King's College London
Room 610, Philosophy Building
Strand
London,  WC2R 2LS

 

Biography

I am the Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King’s.  Previously I held the chair in Philosophy at the University of Bristol, and was lecturer and then reader at the University of Edinburgh before that. I have also held visiting positions at Dartmouth College, Saint Louis University, Monash University, and All Souls College Oxford.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy and history of medicine
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology

My work is principally in those areas where philosophy of science overlaps with metaphysics and epistemology.  I have a particular interest in the philosophy of medicine, especially regarding methodological issues in causal and statistical inference.

Selected publications
  • Philosophy of Science (Routledge, 1998)
  • Thomas Kuhn (Acumen/Princeton University Press, 2000)
  • Nature’s Metaphysics (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • “What is Scientific Progress?” (Noûs, 2007)
  • “Overpowering” (Mind, 2016)
Teaching
  • Philosophy of medicine
  • Philosophy of science
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