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I am a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Southampton, UK. I work primarily on metaphysics, but I also have interests in philosophy of language, epistemology, and philosophy of science.

Thanks to a generous grant from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, for 3 years from June 2017 I will be spending most of my time working on the project Metaphysical Explanation based at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Before coming to Southampton I spent a brief period at the University of Leeds, and held the position of Kit-Fine Fellow (postdoctoral researcher) at Universität Hamburg in Germany. I did my PhD at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Alastair Wilson. My PhD thesis is called Structuring Reality – get in touch if you’d like to read it.

At the moment I’m thinking about mostly metametaphysics and reality’s structure. In particular, I’m interested in questions about the epistemology of metaphysical structure, and I’m particularly interested in the notion of metaphysical explanation, and its relation to other (more familiar) notions of explanation. Relatedly, I’m trying to work out irrealist approaches to grounding and fundamentality which tread a path between familiar realist positions, and eliminativist approaches.

I also have a fast-growing interest in the philosophy of fiction, particularly where it intersects with metaphysics.

You can find details of my publications and work in progress, and of recent and upcoming talks from the link on the right. You can also find information about a workshop series on Grounding and Consciousness that I am currently involved in organising.

Here is a very short video of me saying some things about metaphysics. You can see a short interview here, and if watching online lectures is your thing, here is a public lecture I gave at the Royal Institute of Philosophy on fictionalism about grounding.

Contactn.m.thompson@soton.ac.uk