Umut Baysan

umut baysan
I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Merton College, University of Oxford. Previously, I had a similar position at St Anne's College, Oxford, and before that I worked as a University Teacher and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. My PhD is also from the University of Glasgow.


"Causal Emergence and Epiphenomenal Emergence", Erkenntnis, forthcoming.
"Why Incompatibilism about Mental Causation is Incompatible with Non-reductive Physicalism" (With Jonas Christensen), Inquiry, forthcoming.
"Mad Qualia", The Philosophical Quarterly, 2019. 
"Quidditism and Contingent Laws", Thought, 2019.
“Emergence, Function, and Realization”, in S.C. Gibb. et. al. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Emergence, Routledge, 2019.
"Epiphenomenal Properties”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2018.
“Must Strong Emergence Collapse?” (With Jessica Wilson), Philosophica, 2017. 
“Lawful Mimickers”, Analysis, 2017. 
“An Argument for Power Inheritance”, The Philosophical Quarterly, 2016. 
“Realization Relations in Metaphysics”, Minds and Machines, 2015.
Mental Causation: A Counterfactual Theory, by Thomas Kroedel. In Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2020.
The Multiple Realization Book by Thomas Polger and Larry Shapiro. In Analysis, 2017.
Qualia and Mental Causation in a Physical World: Themes from the Philosophy of Jaegwon Kim, edited by Terence Horgan, Marcelo Sabates, and David Sosa. In The Philosophical Quarterly, 2015.
Mental Causation and Ontology, edited by S. C. Gibb, E. J. Lowe, and R. D. Ingthorsson. In Mind, 2014.


I specialise in philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Some of the questions that keep me busy are: What is an epiphenomenal property? Are mental and other higher-level properties epiphenomenal? What is it for a property to be multiply realized by other properties? How should we understand emergence? Are higher-level properties multiply realized? Are they emergent? What is the relationship between properties, causal powers, and laws of nature?

In Oxford, I teach lectures for the Faculty of Philosophy (including: graduate classes on Emergence; undergraduate lectures in Philosophy of Mind and Practical Ethics), teach tutorials in Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Knowledge & Reality (Epistemology & Metaphysics), Practical Ethics, General Philosophy (1st year introduction), Moral Philosophy at St Anne's College (2017-2019) and Merton College (2019 onward), and offer graduate supervision primarily in Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics.