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I am available for, and interested in, supervising students, at any level, in any of the following areas:

  • History of logic
  • Logic (mathematical, philosophical, modal, etc.)
  • Philosophy of language (especially philosophy of fiction)
  • Philosophy of logic
  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Medieval philosophy (especially logic/philosophy of language)
  • Informal argumentation
  • Human and machine reasoning

If you are a student at Durham and interested in working with me, please send me an email to set up an appointment to meet. If you are not currently a student at Durham, but are interested in being supervised by me, please see the departmental pages on taught degrees and research degrees to see the possible opportunities.

Current students

Alim DemirbagBA, philosophy (Durham)
Ben GardnerBA, philosophy (Durham)
Zekiye GozPhD, philosophy (Durham)
Pete RyallBA, philosophy & psychology (Durham)
Nico TansleyMA, philosophy (Durham)
Xie WeiPhD, linguistics (Durham)

Previous supervision & examination


NameGraduatedDegree (Place)My roleThesis title
Andrew Thomas2021PhD, philosophy (Durham)Primary supervisor“Extended Modal Realism: a New Solution to Problems of Non-existence and Intentionality”
Susan Notess2021PhD, philosophy (Durham)Secondary supervisor“Listening and Normative Entanglement: A Pragmatic Foundation for Conversational Ethics”
Ştefan Sarkadi2020PhD, informatics (KCL)External examiner“Deception”
Christophe Geudens2020PhD, philosophy (KULeuven)External examiner“Louvain Theories of Topical Logic”
Andrew Woodard2019PhD, philosophy (Durham)Primary supervisor“Predication and Identity in Copular Sentences”
Thomas J. Hughes2015PhD, philosophy (Durham)Internal examiner“Grammar, Ambiguity, and Descriptions: A Study in the Semantics of Definite Descriptions”

Diplomas and Master’s degrees

NameGraduatedDegree (Place)My roleThesis title
Joshua Patterson2017MRes, philosophy (Oxford Brookes)External examiner“Aristotelian Philosophy Applied to Interactive Virtual Media: On the Effects of Transportation on the Player and the Practical Applications of Virtual Realites”
Susan Notess2016Graduate Diploma, philosophy (Durham)Co-supervisor“Sacred Languages: A Phenomenological and Pragmatic Account of Sacred Language Use”
Andrew Thomas2016MA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“What is Anna Karenina? How Fictional Realism can help dissolve the Paradox of Fictional Emotions”
Antonio Florio2012Master of Logic (Amsterdam)Supervisor“Science in Axiomatic Perspective”
Spencer Johnston2011Master of Logic (Amsterdam)Internal examiner“John Buridan’s Theory of Modal Consequence”
Lars Wortel2011Master of Logic (Amsterdam)Internal examiner“Side Effects in Steering Fragments”
Caroline Foster2008Master of Logic (Amsterdam)Co-supervisor“The Problem of the Perfect Agent: Investigations into Determinism”

Undergraduate degrees

NameGraduatedDegree (Place)My roleThesis title
Charlotte Chevrie2021BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Information in the natural world: a new attempt at solving the combination problem for Panpsychism”
Annie Cole2021BA, philosophy & psychology (Durham)Supervisor“Towards solving the identity problem for In Re Structuralism”
David Millross2021BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Are unicorns non-existent? Understanding a 17 th Century Buddhist logician’s justification of nonexistence proofs and wider account of āśrayāsiddha.”
Jarren Santos2021BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“A framework for Code-Switching through the application of Propositional Dynamic Logic”
Ana Truesdale2021BA, liberal arts (Durham)Supervisor“To what extent does gendered language in spanish inform machismo culture in the spanish speaking world?”
Tristan Ashley2020BA, philosophy & psychology (Durham)Supervisor“Mean Something?”
Charles Bland *2020BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Should New Axioms Be Added to the Foundations of Mathematics?”
Sissy Chen2020BA, philosophy & English (Durham)Supervisor“Towards a Theory of Meaningful Language: Investigating Metaphors”
Tom Katon2020BA, liberal arts (Durham)Supervisor“The IQ of AI: What Does it Mean to Call AI ‘Intelligent’?”
George Singleton2020BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“The Unready-to-Hand Body: A Phenomenological Analysis of Anorexia Nervosa”
Nicholas Tansley2020BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Junk-Time: A Cybernetic Theory of Mind and Addiction in Postmodernity”
Kelly Wong2020BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Does the Mathematical Structuralists’ Ontology Shape Reality?”
Amber Mullins2019BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“A Philosophical Analysis of the Nonsense in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Richard Burn2018BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Identity of Fictional Characters Across and Within Media”
Luciana di Mascio2018BA, philosophy & psychology (Durham)Supervisor“A Philosophical Analysis of J.K. Rowling’s Account of Life After Death in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter”
Samin Gokeckus *2018BA, philosophy & psychology (Durham)Supervisor“Elizabeth Hamilton’s Early 19th Century Scottish Associationism; Tracking Modern Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience”
Grace Greer2018BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Do Mathematical Statements Have Objective Truth-Values?”
Tom Rojas2018BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Can Pascal’s Wager Resist Infinitesimal Probabilities?”
Tomas Bermejo2017BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Carnap and Quine’s Debate on Ontology”
Nathan Davies2017BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“A Meaningless Dissertation: Why Meaning Can’t be Analysed in Terms of Truth”
Amber Donovan *2017BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Egotistical Investigations: Diagnosing the Problem of My ‘Self'”
Dan Foggin2017BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Where Are They? A Solution to the Fermi Paradox Using the Anthropic Principle”
Daniel Fox2017BA, philosophy & physics (Durham)Supervisor“Towards a New Conception of Human Rights”
Andrea Mikulandova2017BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Using Temporal Logic to Construct a Model of Restricted Time Travel Via Time Turners”
Constance O’Conor2017BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“The Fairy Tale Paradox: Logical and Ethical Tensions in Teaching Fantastic Morals by Fantastic Means”
Sophie Oliver2017BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Realism in Mathematics: Set Theoretic Commitment to the Infinite”
Sam Courtney-Guy2016BA, PPE (Durham)Supervisor“What Kind of Problem is Kripke’s Rule-Following Paradox?”
David Harris2016BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Artificial Intelligence and Philosophical Logic”
Dirk Hofland2016BA, PPE (Durham)Supervisor“The School-Choice Trilemma”
Imogen Maclaren2016BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Reappraising The Harm in Hate Speech: A Dynamic Approach to Freedom of Speech”
Toby Smith2016BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Modelling Knowledge- and Belief-Based Moral Obligations: An Accessible Tool For Philosophical Analysis”
Kim Tullar *2016BA, natural sciences (Durham)Supervisor“Clarifying and Solving Newcomb’s Problem”
Anna Wallace2016BA, combined arts (Durham)Supervisor“Can There Be A Neuroscience of Grammaticalized Thought?”
Kishen Vora2015BA, philosophy (Durham)Supervisor“Can Robots Be Moral?”

* Winner of the Philosophy Department Dissertation Prize for dissertations with the highest mark out of all dissertations or out of all Single Honors philosophy students.

Other supervision

Maria TolchenovaLaidlaw scholar, philosophy (Durham)