Archive of Author | James Ladyman

James Ladyman

University of Bristol, Philosophy, Faculty Member

Philip Leverhulme Prize in Philosophy and Ethics 2005.

Choice (American Library Association) Outstanding Academic Text Award for Understanding Philosophy of Science.

I was co-editor (with Professor Alexander Bird) of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, for which I was previously a deputy editor and assistant editor (2004-2011).

I was Honorary Secretary of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (2003-2007).

I am interested in most areas of philosophy, but my work has primarily been in philosophy of science. I have worked extensively on scientific realism, constructive empiricism and structural realism (I made the distinction in my 1998 paper between epistemic and ontic forms of structural realism and I have defended the latter). I have also worked on scientific representation and more recently on physicalism, the relationship between the special sciences and physics, naturalised metaphysics, the philosophy of information and computation, and the philosophy of mathematics. I have always been interested in the philosophy of physics, especially quantum mechanics, and work specifically on identity and individuality in quantum mechanics and time-symmetric quantum mechanics. I am currently trying to understand Quantum Field Theory.

I am currently writing a textbook, Philosophy of Physics, and co-editing a collection of papers in philosophy of science with Alexander Bird, Arguing about Science. I am also co-editing a book with Don Ross, Scientific Metaphysics, which will feature papers by Anjan Chakravartty, Daniel Dennett, Michael Friedman, Jenann Ismael, Andrew Melnyk and Mark Wilson, and an introduction by Harold Kincaid. I am also currently writing a paper with Don Ross, to appear in the volume.

Articles with James Ladyman


Metaphysics Naturalized

“Naturalised metaphysics exists to say how the world is in the light of all the sciences”. In this exclusive interview, James Ladyman discusses how metaphysics can contribute to objective knowledge, one that is based specifically on contemporary science as it really is, and how a fundamentally relational view of reality may help in thinking about consciousness.