Dr Stephan Leuenberger
- Senior Lecturer (Philosophy)
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.
- "Being without Foundations", Swiss National Science Foundation (Glasgow PI; September 2019 - August 2023).
- "Grounding in Law", Royal Society of Edinburgh (PI; April 2019 - March 2020).
- "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)
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
Office hours: Please feel free to drop in on Monday 11-12 and Friday 1-2 during the semester, or make an appointment if those times do not suit. Outside semester times please email me to make an appointment.
- Metaphysics (JH8)
- The Philosophy of David Lewis (SH)
- MLitt Course 0 (Metaphysics module)