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Dr Eleanor Knox

Reader in Philosophy

Research interests

  • Philosophy


Before taking up a permanent lectureship at King's, Eleanor was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Before that she was the Chandaria Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, and before that she did a BA, BPhil and DPhil at Oxford University. In 2015, Eleanor received the Cushing Memorial Prize for History and Philosophy of Physics.

You can find more information about Dr. Eleanor Knox on her website

Research interests

Much of Eleanor’s work focuses on the foundations of spacetime physics. She advocates a view called Spacetime Functionalism, which aims to solve problems in classical spacetime theories as well as dealing with challenges raised by emergent spacetime structure in theories of quantum gravity. She’s also interested in relationships between theories. She’s argued that the kind of novelty that seems to be involved in cases that physicists call 'emergent' is explanatory novelty, arising from particular kinds of changes of variables between theoretical description.

Expertise and engagement