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Dr William Simpson

Visiting Research Fellow

PhD (StAnd) PhD (Cantab)

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Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy  


William Simpson is the John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Visiting Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Durham. He holds a doctorate in physics from St Andrews, which was awarded the Springer thesis prize in 2014, and a doctorate in philosophy from Cambridge, which was honoured with the Expanded Reason Award in 2020. He was awarded the Cardinal Mercier Prize in International Philosophy in 2021. He is co-editor of Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science (Routledge, 2017) and Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Theology of Nature (Routledge, 2021).

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Physics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: Fellow of The Cambridge Philosophical Society:
  • 2022: Fellow of The International Society for Science and Religion:
  • 2022: Member of the Institute of Physics:
  • 2021: Cardinal Mercier Prize:
    “Cardinal Mercier Prize for international philosophy”, jointly awarded for a monograph by ;The Institut supérieur de philosophie ;(ISP) of UCLouvain and the ;Hoger Instituut Voor Wijsbegeerte (HIW) of KU Leuven, 2021
  • 2020: Expanded Reason Award (2020):
    “Expanded Reason Award”, ;selected from hundreds of applicants submitting in English, Spanish, Italian and French, and jointly awarded by ;Universidad Francisco de Vitoria ;and ;The Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, ;2020
  • 2014: Springer Thesis Prize:
    “Springer Thesis Prize”, nominated by ;The Weizmann Institute of Science ;for an outstanding doctoral thesis in physics, ;awarded by ;Springer, ;2014