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Research at St Andrews

William Simpson


William Simpson
Postal address:
School of Divinity
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 46

Research overview

William is currently working on motivating and constructing ‘powers ontologies’ for different interpretations of quantum mechanics, thinking about the metaphysics of emergence in complex physical systems, and studying the concept of nature in relation to theology. He is a Research Fellow in the international research project, God and the book of nature.

More generally, William is interested in exploring the various ways in which ‘neo-Aristotelian’ metaphysics -- which deploys concepts like ‘causal powers’ and ‘metaphysical grounding’ -- may transform the landscape of discussion in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion (for example: concerning the relationship between laws of nature and human agency).

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