Dr Stephan Leuenberger

  • Lecturer (Philosophy)

telephone: 01413304276
email: Stephan.Leuenberger@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Modality. Some things are the way they are of necessity, while others could be different. But where does the line fall? One popular answer is that there are no brute, or unexplained, necessities. But if I am right, that answer would itself be a brute necessity, if it were necessary. So if it is true, it is contingent---and none the worse for it! 

Totality. In many contexts, it matters greatly whether some truth is the whole truth, or whether something is left out. But the question what it means for a truth to be the whole truth - to be "total" - raises a number of puzzles. I claim that the key to solving them is to distinguish different concepts of totality.

Metaphysical Relations.  What is the relationship between descriptions of the world at various levels, e.g. the physical and the sociological level? Philosophers have appealed to a number of different relations to formulate relevant hypotheses, among them supervenience, grounding, and emergence. I am using formal tools to clarify these concepts and their relationships. 

Selected publications

Leuenberger, S. (2015) The contingency of contingency. Journal of Philosophy, 112(2), pp. 84-112.

Leuenberger, S. (2014) Grounding and necessity. Inquiry, 57(2), pp. 151-174. (doi:10.1080/0020174X.2013.855654)

Leuenberger, S. (2013) De jure and de facto validity in the logic of time and modality. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 2(3), pp. 196-205. (doi:10.1002/tht3.76)

Leuenberger, S. (2008) Ceteris absentibus physicalism. In: Zimmerman, D.W. (ed.) Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 145-170. ISBN 9780199542987

Grants

  • "The Whole Truth", AHRC Early Career Research Project (PI; January 2016 - August 2017).
  • "Sense-Data", project funded by the John Templeton Foundation via the Cambridge New Directions in Mind Project (CI; July 2016 - 2017).
  • "Emergence", project funded by the John Templeton Foundation via the Durham Emergence Project (joint PI; 1 October 2014 - 30 September 2015).
  • “The Contingency of Contingency”, AHRC Early Career Fellowship (1 September 2012 – 31 May 2013)
  • “Grounds without Supplements”, Carnegie Research Grant (summer 2012)

Supervision

I am happy to supervise Masters and PhD students in metaphysics and philosophical logic.

Topics of supervised PhD Dissertations:

  • Mental Causation
  • Counterfactual Theories of Causation
  • Predestination and Foreknowledge
  • Multiple Realization
  • Phenomenal Properties

 

Teaching

Office hours: Tuesday 11-12 and Thursday 11-12 during the semester; otherwise by appointment.

 

Lectures:

  • Philosophy 2K, Philosophy of Science module
  • Metaphysics (JH8)
  • The Philosophy of David Lewis (SH)

Seminars:

  • MLitt Course 0 (Metaphysics module)
  • MSc 2 Metaphysics

Additional information

Office hours: Monday 10-11 and Wednesday 10-11 during the semester; otherwise by appointment.

 

Current administrative roles at the University of Glasgow:

  • Philosophy 2K Convenor
  • Study Abroad Convenor

Outwith Glasgow, I am an affiliated member of eidos, the Centre for Metaphysics at the University of Geneva, and a corresponding member of the editorial committee of dialectica.

All publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006
Number of items: 19.

2015

Leuenberger, S. (2015) The contingency of contingency. Journal of Philosophy, 112(2), pp. 84-112.

2014

Leuenberger, S. (2014) Total logic. Review of Symbolic Logic, 7(3), pp. 529-547. (doi:10.1017/S1755020314000124)

Leuenberger, S. (2014) Review of: Fabrice Correia and Benjamin Schnieder (eds), Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality. Dialectica, 68(1), pp. 147-151. (doi:10.1111/1746-8361.12054) [Book Review]

Leuenberger, S. (2014) Grounding and necessity. Inquiry, 57(2), pp. 151-174. (doi:10.1080/0020174X.2013.855654)

2013

Leuenberger, S. (2013) De jure and de facto validity in the logic of time and modality. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 2(3), pp. 196-205. (doi:10.1002/tht3.76)

Leuenberger, S. (2013) Supervenience among classes of relations. In: Holtje, M., Schnieder, B. and Steinberg, A. (eds.) Varieties of Dependence: Ontological Dependence, Grounding, Supervenience, Response-Dependence. Philosophia: Munich, Germany, pp. 325-346. ISBN 9783884051054

Leuenberger, S. (2013) From grounding to supervenience? Erkenntnis, 79(1), pp. 227-240. (doi:10.1007/s10670-013-9488-6)

Leuenberger, S. (2013) Review of: Re-Emergence: Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World, by Gerald Vision. Mind, 122(486), pp. 593-596. (doi:10.1093/mind/fzt085) [Book Review]

2012

Leuenberger, S. (2012) Review of David Chalmers, The Character of Consciousness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 90(4), pp. 803-806. (doi:10.1080/00048402.2012.721380) [Book Review]

2011

Leuenberger, S. (2011) Critical Notice: Michael Jubien, Possibility, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Analytic Philosophy, 52(1), pp. 61-74. (doi:10.1111/j.2153-960X.2011.00518.x)

2010

Leuenberger, S. (2010) Humility and constraints on O-language. Philosophical Studies, 149(3), pp. 327-354. (doi:10.1007/s11098-009-9352-3)

Leuenberger, S. (2010) Exclusion and physicalism. Reply to O'Connor and Churchill. In: Macdonald, G. and Macdonald, C. (eds.) Emergence in Mind. Series: Mind Association occasional series. Oxford University Press: Oxford, England. ISBN 9780199583621

Leuenberger, S. (2010) Review of Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol. 2. Dean Zimmerman, ed. Philosophical Review, 119(1), pp. 118-123. (doi:10.1215/00318108-2009-033) [Book Review]

2009

Leuenberger, S., and Keller, P. (2009) Introduction: the philosophy of vectors. Dialectica, 63(4), pp. 369-380. (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2009.01220.x)

Leuenberger, S. (2009) What is global supervenience? Synthese, 170(1), pp. 115-129. (doi:10.1007/s11229-008-9360-4)

Leuenberger, S. (2009) Review of Stephen Yablo, Thoughts: Papers on Mind, Meaning, and Modality (Philosophical Papers, Volume 1). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, [Book Review]

2008

Leuenberger, S. (2008) Supervenience in metaphysics. Philosophy Compass, 3(4), pp. 749-762. (doi:10.1111/j.1747-9991.2008.00150.x)

Leuenberger, S. (2008) Ceteris absentibus physicalism. In: Zimmerman, D.W. (ed.) Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 145-170. ISBN 9780199542987

2006

Leuenberger, S. (2006) A new problem of descriptive power. Journal of Philosophy, 103(3), pp. 145-162.

This list was generated on Tue Jul 26 01:50:38 2016 BST.
Number of items: 19.

Articles

Leuenberger, S. (2015) The contingency of contingency. Journal of Philosophy, 112(2), pp. 84-112.

Leuenberger, S. (2014) Total logic. Review of Symbolic Logic, 7(3), pp. 529-547. (doi:10.1017/S1755020314000124)

Leuenberger, S. (2014) Grounding and necessity. Inquiry, 57(2), pp. 151-174. (doi:10.1080/0020174X.2013.855654)

Leuenberger, S. (2013) De jure and de facto validity in the logic of time and modality. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 2(3), pp. 196-205. (doi:10.1002/tht3.76)

Leuenberger, S. (2013) From grounding to supervenience? Erkenntnis, 79(1), pp. 227-240. (doi:10.1007/s10670-013-9488-6)

Leuenberger, S. (2011) Critical Notice: Michael Jubien, Possibility, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Analytic Philosophy, 52(1), pp. 61-74. (doi:10.1111/j.2153-960X.2011.00518.x)

Leuenberger, S. (2010) Humility and constraints on O-language. Philosophical Studies, 149(3), pp. 327-354. (doi:10.1007/s11098-009-9352-3)

Leuenberger, S., and Keller, P. (2009) Introduction: the philosophy of vectors. Dialectica, 63(4), pp. 369-380. (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2009.01220.x)

Leuenberger, S. (2009) What is global supervenience? Synthese, 170(1), pp. 115-129. (doi:10.1007/s11229-008-9360-4)

Leuenberger, S. (2008) Supervenience in metaphysics. Philosophy Compass, 3(4), pp. 749-762. (doi:10.1111/j.1747-9991.2008.00150.x)

Leuenberger, S. (2006) A new problem of descriptive power. Journal of Philosophy, 103(3), pp. 145-162.

Book Sections

Leuenberger, S. (2013) Supervenience among classes of relations. In: Holtje, M., Schnieder, B. and Steinberg, A. (eds.) Varieties of Dependence: Ontological Dependence, Grounding, Supervenience, Response-Dependence. Philosophia: Munich, Germany, pp. 325-346. ISBN 9783884051054

Leuenberger, S. (2010) Exclusion and physicalism. Reply to O'Connor and Churchill. In: Macdonald, G. and Macdonald, C. (eds.) Emergence in Mind. Series: Mind Association occasional series. Oxford University Press: Oxford, England. ISBN 9780199583621

Leuenberger, S. (2008) Ceteris absentibus physicalism. In: Zimmerman, D.W. (ed.) Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 145-170. ISBN 9780199542987

Book Reviews

Leuenberger, S. (2014) Review of: Fabrice Correia and Benjamin Schnieder (eds), Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality. Dialectica, 68(1), pp. 147-151. (doi:10.1111/1746-8361.12054) [Book Review]

Leuenberger, S. (2013) Review of: Re-Emergence: Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World, by Gerald Vision. Mind, 122(486), pp. 593-596. (doi:10.1093/mind/fzt085) [Book Review]

Leuenberger, S. (2012) Review of David Chalmers, The Character of Consciousness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 90(4), pp. 803-806. (doi:10.1080/00048402.2012.721380) [Book Review]

Leuenberger, S. (2010) Review of Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol. 2. Dean Zimmerman, ed. Philosophical Review, 119(1), pp. 118-123. (doi:10.1215/00318108-2009-033) [Book Review]

Leuenberger, S. (2009) Review of Stephen Yablo, Thoughts: Papers on Mind, Meaning, and Modality (Philosophical Papers, Volume 1). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, [Book Review]

This list was generated on Tue Jul 26 01:50:38 2016 BST.