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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Dr Alexander Carruth

Assistant Professor/Deputy for BoS in the Department of Philosophy

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Alex completed his PhD in Philosophy at Durham in 2013, titled "C. B. Martin's 'Limit View', Distinctions of Reason and the Metaphysics of Mind", under the supervision of Dr Sophie Gibb and Professor Jonathan Lowe.

From 2013-2016 he was a Research Fellow in the Philosophy of Mind, working within the Durham Emergence Project, an interdisciplinary research initiative involving collaboration between philosophers and physicists, made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. A full project description can be found here.

During the fellowship his research focussed on how different approaches to the metaphysics of powers affect the formulation and plausibility of strong emergence theses in the philosophy of mind.

Amongst other things, he is currently also working on developing a novel formulation of neutral monism, which was supported by a grant from The Cambridge New Directions in the Study of the Mind Project during 2016-2017.

Current Teaching

Philosophy of Mind



Office Hours

  • Monday 1.30pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 2pm-3.30pm 

Research Groups

Durham Emergence Project

Mind, Language and Metaphysics

Metaphysics Reading Group

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Ontology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science


Chapter in book

  • Carruth, A. D. (2018). Physical Properties. In Counsciousness and the Ontology of Properties. Guta, M. Routledge. 24-39.
  • Carruth, Alexander D. & Gibb, Sophie C. (2018). The Ontology of E. J. Lowe's Substance Dualism. In Ontology, Modality, Mind: Themes from the Metaphysics of E. J. Lowe. Carruth, Alexander D., Gibb, Sophie C. & Heil, John Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Selected Grants

  • 2016: Powerful Qualities and the Metaphysics of the Mind (£7651.20 from John Templeton Foundation)