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Dr James Miller

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Assistant Professor/Nat Science advisor and Exam Board Rep/Seminar Organiser in the Department of Philosophy

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About Me

My research is primarily on topics in metaphysics and formal ontology, the philosophy of language and linguistics, and metaphilosophy. I am also interested in the history of analytic philosophy, in particular the work of Rudolf Carnap, and have written a number of pieces outlining and examining the philosophy of EJ Lowe.

At the moment, I'm working on topics in the metaphysics of language (especially the ontology of words), and topics in meta-metaphysics. I am currently writing a monograph on metaphysical realism and anti-realism, to be published as part of the Cambridge Elements in Metaphysics series.

I recently edited the Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics, and am finalising another edited volume, titled 'The Language of Ontology' to be published by Oxford University Press.

Previously, I worked at Nottingham University and Trinity College Dublin in teaching-focused roles.

Office Hours

During 2020-21 academic year, my office hours are online only, on Tuesdays 1-3.30pm via Microsoft Teams (Durham students have access to this via your Durham Microsoft 365 accounts, info here:

Research Interests

  • History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Linguistics


Edited book

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