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alastair wilson (UNIVERSITY OF Leeds)
Four Grades of Modal Naturalism

2023 | 2024


MONDAY, 29 January 2024

18.00 - 19.45



Alastair Wilson works on metaphysics, philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, and epistemology. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leeds, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, and a Managing Editor of Ergo. He is the author of The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism (OUP, 2020) and co-editor (with Eleanor Knox) of the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Physics (Routledge, 2022). Upcoming projects include Levels of Explanation (co-edited with Katie Robertson; OUP) and Modal Naturalism: Science and the Modal Facts (with Amanda Bryant; CUP).

Meeting Address

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU.

meeting time

The Society’s philosophy talks take place every fortnight on Mondays throughout the academic year. Each talk starts at 18.00 and lasts for approximately an hour. The remainder of the time is dedicated to discussion, which ends at 19.45.


All of the Society’s philosophy talks are catered with fairtrade teas, coffees, and biscuits.


In line with the Society’s mission to make philosophy readily available to the general public, all talks are free and membership is not required.

Draft Papers

Following over a century of tradition, draft papers for all the talks are available in advance. Please note that draft papers can only be cited with the authors permission (see below for final publication and subscription details). The draft paper for a talk is available approximately one week prior to its schedule delivery.

Final Papers

For the past 142 years, the Proceedings has featured widely respected papers delivered by a range of prominent philosophers, such as Alfred North Whitehead, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, A.J. Ayer, P.F. Strawson, Karl Popper, Elizabeth Anscombe, Bernard Williams, Hubert Dreyfus, Alexander Nehamas, and Onora O’Neill. Final drafts of the papers – including discussion notes and exemplary graduate papers – are published in the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.


The venue at Senate House is wheelchair accessible and there are disabled toilet facilities on the ground floor. If you require a disabled parking space, or a hearing loop, please contact in advance, so that we can reserve these for you. Service animals are also welcome.