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Dr Ryan Samaroo

Dr Ryan Samaroo

Dr Ryan Samaroo
PhD (Western Ontario)

Research Fellow

Area of research

History and Philosophy of Science

Cotham House,
Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JL
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I am interested in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of physics, and the philosophy of mathematics, particularly in relation to foundational questions arising in relativity and quantum mechanics, and also insofar as they are intertwined with the development of modern philosophy, looking especially to the insights of a few figures in the early analytic tradition.

My research so far has focused on the conceptual foundations of the theories of Newton and Einstein, with an eye to the accounts of space, time, and causality that they motivate, and especially to their significance for the theory of theories and the theory of knowledge. All of these interests, though motivated by concerns peculiar to the exact sciences, form part of a broader interest in the analysis and revision of our fundamental concepts and the place of this task in philosophy in general.

For more information about my research, see my webpage.


Lecturer in Philosophy, Somerville College, Oxford, 2017-present

Research Fellow, Bristol, 2017-present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Teaching Associate, Bristol, 2015-2017

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Bristol, 2013-2015

PhD, Western Ontario, 2013



  • Philosophy of Science (especially the account of the relation between theory and evidence)
  • Philosophy of Physics (particularly in relation to the foundations of space-time theories and quantum mechanics)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (especially the foundations of arithmetic and geometry)
  • Mathematical Logic (especially model theory and its significance for the theory of theories)
  • History of Modern Philosophy (with a particular focus on a number of Early Modern figures and the interconnections between their work and the development of the exact sciences)
  • History of Science (especially the history of the Scientific Revolution)
  • Epistemology (particularly the articulation and significance of the analytic-synthetic distinction and its legacy)



Department of Philosophy

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