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Professor Alexander Bird

BirdPeter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine

Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454
Address Department of Philosophy
King's College London
Room 610 Philosophy Building
London WC2R 2LS



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:  How the powers ontology has overreached itself” (Mind, 2016)
  • "Understanding the Replication Crisis as a Base Rate Fallacy” (British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 2018)
  • Philosophy of medicine
  • Philosophy of science
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