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Professor James Ladyman

Professor James Ladyman

Professor James Ladyman
M.Sc.(Lond.), B.A.(York), Ph.D.(Leeds)


Cotham House,
Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JL
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 0934

Research summary

I am interested in most areas of philosophy, but my work has primarily been in general philosophy of science and philosophy of physics. 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 also work on scientific representation, physicalism, the relationship between the special sciences and physics, naturalised metaphysics, the philosophy of information and computation, and the philosophy of mathematics. I am currently working with Stuart Presnell on the foundations and philosophy of Homotopy Type ...

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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).

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Recent publications

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