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Christopher Timpson

Professor of Philosophy of Physics, University of Oxford

My research focuses on the philosophy of physics, especially the foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory. I also have interests in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind and language, and the history of 20th Century Anglophone philosophy, particularly Wittgenstein early and late. I read Physics and Philosophy as an undergraduate at the Queen's College, Oxford (1994-98), staying on at Queen's for the BPhil in Philosophy (2000) and subsequently the DPhil (2004). In 2004 I moved to Leeds University as a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Division of History and Philosophy of Science, before returning to Oxford as a University Lecturer and Fellow of Brasenose in 2007. I was head of the Philosophy Faculty in Oxford from 2018-2022, and I have been Professor of Philosophy of Physics since 2018.


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford