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Prof Frank Arntzenius

Sir Peter Strawson Fellow
University College

frank.arntzenius@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

University College
Oxford OX1 4BH
United Kingdom

Research Interests

Philosophy of Physics, Decision Theory

 

Employment

2007-present Sir Peter Strawson Fellow and Professor of Philosophy, University College,
Oxford University
2005-2007 Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Rutgers University
1998-2005 Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Rutgers University
1993-1998 Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Southern California
1989-1993 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Southern California
1988-1989 Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, Harvard University
1987-1988 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Education

1983-1987 Ph. D. in Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dissertation title: "Determinism, Time reversibility and Measurement"
1980-1981 M. Sc. in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics
and Political Science. (Awarded with Distinction.)
1978-1980 "Inhaalprogramma" Philosophy (B. A. equivalent), University of Groningen, The
Netherlands
1975-1979 "Kandidaats" Physics (B. Sc. equivalent), University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Note: from 1981 to 1983 I worked for Friends of the Earth (an environmental group), in London, England

Awards

1987-1988 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
1985-1986 Lakatos Fellowship
1983-1985 Suntory-Toyota Scholarship

Papers

"Common causes and physics", Synthese 82 (1990), pp 77-96.

"Causal paradoxes in special relativity", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (1990), pp 223-243.

"Kochen's interpretation of quantum mechanics", Proceedings of the 1990 Philosophy of Science Association Conference Vol 1 (1990), pp 241-249.

"State-spaces and meaning relations among predicates", Topoi 10 (1991), pp 35-42.

"Apparatus independence in proofs of non-locality", Foundations of Physics Letters Vol 5 No 6 (1992), pp 517-525.

"The common cause principle", Proceedings of the 1992 Philosophy of Science Association conference Vol 2 (1993), pp 227-237.

"Electromagnetic arrows of time", in T. Horowitz & A. Janis (eds.): Scientific Failure (1993, Rowman & Littlefield Savage, Maryland), pp 29-48.

"How to discover that the Real is Unreal", Erkenntnis 38 (1993), pp 191-202.

"Space-like connections", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (1994), pp 201-217.

"Relativistic hidden variable theories?", Erkenntnis 41 (1994), pp 207-231.

"Indeterminism and the direction of time", Topoi 14 (1995), pp 67-81.

"A heuristic for conceptual change", Philosophy of Science Vol 62 No 3 (1995), pp 357-369.

"The two envelope paradox and infinite expectations", co-authored with D. McCarthy, Analysis Vol 57 No 1 (1997), pp 28-34.

"Self torture and group benificence", co-authored with D. McCarthy, Erkenntnis Vol47 No1 (1997), pp129-144.

"Transition chances and causation", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Vol 78 No 2 (1997), pp149-168.

"Mirrors and the direction of time", Philosophy of Science, Supplement to Vol 64 No 4 (1997), pp 213-223 .

"Curiouser and curiouser: problems for modal interpretations of quantum mechanics", in D. Dieks and P. Vermaas (eds.): The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (1998, Kluwer, Dordrecht), pp 337-377.

"An infinite decision puzzle", co-authored with Jeff Barrett, Theory and Decision Vol 46 (1999), pp 101-103 .

Reichenbach’s common cause principle”, in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, (1999).

“Are there really instantaneous velocities?”, The Monist Vol 83 No 2 (2000), pp 187-208.

“Reflections on Sleeping Beauty”, Analysis 62.1 (2001), pp 53-62.

“Time travel in modern physics”, co-authored with Tim Maudlin, in C. Callender (ed): Time, Reality and Experience, pp 169-200 (2002, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge). This paper also appears, with minor changes, as “Time travel and modern physics” in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.

“Why the infinite decision puzzle is puzzling”, co-authored with Jeff Barrett, Theory and Decision 52 (2002), pp 139-147.

“On what we know about chance”, co-authored with Ned Hall, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Vol 54 No 2 (2003), pp 171-179.

“An arbitrarily short reply to Sheldon Smith on instantaneous velocities”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Physics Vol 34B No 2 (2003), pp 281-282.

“Some problems for conditionalization and reflection”, Journal of Philosophy Vol C No 7 (2003), pp 356-371.

“Time reversal operations and the direction of time”, Studies In History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies In History and Philosophy of Modern Physics Vol 35 Issue 1 (2004), Pages 31-43.

“Is quantum mechanics pointless?”, Philosophy of Science Vol 70 No 5 (2004), pp 1447- 1458.

Gunk, topology and measure”, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. A minor variation is on the Philosophy of Science Archive, (2004).

“Bayesianism and Binding”, co-authored with Adam Elga and John Hawthorne, Mind Vol 113 No 450 (2004), pp 251-283.

“Gunk and continuous variation”, co-authored with John Hawthorne, The Monist Vol 88 No 4, pp 441-466 (2005).

Time travel: double your fun”, Philosophy Compass (November 2006).

“Infinity, relativity and smoothness”, Philosophical Perspectives Vol 20 No1, pp 1-16 (2006).

“Rationality and self-confidence”, forthcoming, Oxford Studies in Epistemology, Vol 2.

Time reversal in classical electromagnetism”, co-authored with Hilary Greaves.

No regrets”, forthcoming in Erkenntnis

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