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Dr Alexander Franklin

Alexander FranklinTeaching Fellow in Philosophy

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2585
Address Department of Philosophy
King's College London
Room 413 Philosophy Building
London WC2R 2LS




I studied Physics and Philosophy as an undergraduate at Brasenose College, Oxford. I went on to do the MPhilStud and PhD degrees at King’s College London, supervised by Dr Eleanor Knox. In 2016, I was a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of Physics
  • Philosophy of Science 
My research focusses on issues of reduction and emergence across science. In particular, I examine and interpret case studies from condensed matter physics and quantum field theory. This work encompasses issues of idealisation and the application of models more widely. 
Selected publications
  • ‘On the Renormalisation Group Explanation of Universality’. Philosophy of Science 85.2 (2018). doi:10.1086/696812
  • ‘Whence the Effectiveness of Effective Field Theories?’. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (forthcoming). doi: 10.1093/bjps/axy050
  • ‘Emergence Without Limits: The Case of Phonons’ with Eleanor Knox. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (forthcoming). doi: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.06.001
  • ‘Universality Reduced'. Philosophy of Science: Proceedings of the 2018 PSA (forthcoming).
My teaching primarily relates to the analysis and interpretation of particular theories of physics. However, I also teach topics related to the history of philosophy of science, and I apply my expertise in philosophy and history of science to engage in related questions in the philosophy of race.
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