Find out about the staff and PhD students involved in research on the history of 20th Century analytic philosophy.
Helen Beebee is currently Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded project on David Lewis, The Age of Metaphysical Revolution. She is currently working on editing a volume of Lewis’s letters on metaphysics with Anthony Fisher; recent publications include 'De re modality, essentialism, and Lewis's Humeanism' (with Fraser MacBride, in Loewer and Schaffer's A Companion to David Lewis, Wiley Blackwell 2015).
Sean Crawford has historical interests in early analytical philosophy (especially Russell, Wittgenstein and Carnap) and 19th- and 20th-century philosophy of mind (especially the logical positivists). Recent publications include ‘On the logical positivists’ philosophy of psychology: laying a legend to rest’ (Dieks et al (eds), New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, 2014) and ‘The myth of logical behaviourism and the origins of the identity theory’ (Beaney (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Logical Positivism, 2013).
Anthony Fisher is a postdoctoral researcher for The Age of Metaphysical Revolution and previously held a Newton International Fellowship here, working on Samuel Alexander. He has interests both in the early 20th Century British realists and in Lewis and his predecessors. His publications include ‘Donald C. Williams's defence of real metaphysics’ (British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2016), ‘David Lewis, Donald C. Williams, and the history of metaphysics in the 20th Century’ (Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2015) and ‘Samuel Alexander’s Theory of Categories’ (The Monist, 2015).
Frederique Janssen-Lauret is a lecturer in philosophy and also a postdoctoral researcher for The Age of Metaphysical Revolution. She previously held a Capes Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Campinas, Brazil, working on Quine. She continues to work on Quine as well as on female early analytic philosophers of logic and metaphysics. Her publications include 'The Quinean roots of Lewis's Humeanism' (The Monist 2017), ‘Susan Stebbing, incomplete symbols, and foundherentist meta-ontology’ (Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, 2016), and ‘Meta-ontology, naturalism, and the Quine-Barcan Marcus debate’ (Kemp (ed.), Quine and his Place in History, 2015).
Fraser MacBride’s expertise includes not only the familiar pantheon of early analytic philosophy, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, but other now neglected figures including Whitehead, Stout, Moore, Johnson, McTaggart, and Ramsey. He has recently completed a monograph on their contribution to the origins of the discipline, On the Genealogy of Universals: On the Metaphysical Origins of Analytic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017) and he is now working on the relationship between Quine and Lewis. His other publications include ‘Analytic philosophy and its synoptic commission’ (O’Hear (ed.), Philosophical Traditions, 2014), ‘The transcendental metaphysics of G. F. Stout’ (Reboul (ed.), Mind, Values and Metaphysics, 2014) and ‘The Russell-Wittgenstein Dispute: A New Perspective’ in M. Textor (ed.) Judgement and Truth in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology (Palgrave, 2013). Fraser is Co-Investigator for The Age of Metaphysical Revolution.
Graham Stevens has a long-standing interest in Russell and is currently writing a book on the theory of descriptions. His publications include ‘Russell on denoting and Language’ (Wahl (ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Bertrand Russell, 2015), The Theory of Descriptions: Russell and the Philosophy of Language (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and ‘Russell’s ontological development reconsidered’ (British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2010).
Thomas Uebel is interested in early logical empiricism (especially Neurath, Carnap, Frank and Hahn), pragmatism (Dewey, Quine) and Austrian philosophy (Bolzano, Brentano). He is currently writing a book with John O’Neill on Neurath’s philosophy of social science. Recent publications include ‘Neurath’s influence on Carnap’s Aufbau’ (Damboeck (ed.), Influences on the Aufbau, 2016), ‘Pragmatisms and logical empiricisms’ (Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, 2016) and ‘American pragmatism and the Vienna Circle: the early years’ (Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, 2015).