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About the Centre

The CMM aims to promote excellence in research in theoretical philosophy—including the philosophies of logic, language, epistemology, metaphysics and mind. It provides a focus for research activity in these areas at the University of Leeds, through supporting visiting speakers, workshops and conferences. We also work with other research centres in Leeds in areas of mutual interest, including the metaphysics and epistemology of science, of ethics, of religion, and similar.

In metaphysics, Leeds is ranked joint 2nd in the UK and joint 10th in the world in the Philosophical Gourmet Report. Philosophy of logic, language, and mathematics are emerging areas of strength with Leeds ranked for the first time in Philosophy of Language and in Philosophy of Mathematics.

The European Research Council has provided 1.5 million Euros to fund a 5 year project on the Nature of Representation. This funds postdoctoral researchers and PhDs, and a variety of workshops and visitors (In 2013-14 international visitors have included Jonathan Weisberg, Mahrad Alomotahari, Daniel Greco, Lorraine Juliano Keller, Kris McDaniel, Friederike Moltamann, Scott Soames, Jeff King, John Campbell, Mike Martin, Imogen Dickie, and Gurpreet Rattan). Between 2009-13 we hosted a major AHRC award (‘Metaphysical Indeterminacy’) that funded a number of distinguished visitors, as well as an extended series of 6 workshops over 3 years, culminating in a major international conference “Indeterminacy in what we care about” in December 2013. Other major workshops and conferences include ‘Metaphysics of Theism’ (2009), ‘Knowledge and Agency’ (2010; held jointly with the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo), ‘Actions as Processes’ (2011), ‘The History of Necessity’ (2012), ‘Naïve Realism’ (2013) and the first Philosophy of Language UK (PLUK) conference (2013).

The CMM hosts a weekly research seminar which each week features cutting-edge work in contemporary philosophy. Speakers include faculty and postgraduate students working at Leeds, as well as UK and international visitors. Details of these events can be found by following the links above.


Centre director

The Director of the Centre is Robert Williams


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