Alice Murphy

PhD Student

Summary: Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

I'm a second-year PhD student interested in the connections between the philosophy of science and the philosophy of art. My research focuses on the role of the imagination in science, particularly in thought experiments and modelling. I am supervised by Prof. Steven French and Prof. Aaron Meskin

Academic History

Graduate Research Trainee, McGill University, Mar-Apr 2018, supervised by Prof. David Davies

MA Philosophy (Distinction), University of Warwick, 2015

BA Philosophy (First), University of Bristol, 2014


I am very thankful to WRoCAH for awarding me an AHRC scholarship for the duration of my PhD 

The Prize for Outstanding Performance in the MA in Philosophy, University of Warwick, 2015


Book review of Chirimuuta, M., ‘Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy’, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 74 (4), 2016


"Creativity in Scientific Thought Experiments", Creativity in Art, Science, and Mind, University of Cambridge, Jul 2018

"Thought Experiments, Computer Simulations and Novel Data", Univie Summer School/ Scientific World Conceptions, University of Vienna, Jul 2018

"Thought Experiments and the Scientific Imagination", HPS WiP Series, University of Leeds, Apr 2018

"What's the Nature of the Imagination in Scientific Reasoning?", McGill Philosophy Workshop Series, McGill University, Apr 2018

"The Scientific Imagination", WRoCAH annual conference, University of York, Oct 2017 

"Thought Experiments, the Imagination, and Surprise", Bridging the Gap: Scientific Imagination Meets Aesthetic Imagination, London School of Economics, Oct 2017 

"Irene Manton's Art and Science or, Other Ways of Looking at Nature", Lecture 16: HPS in 20 Objects public lecture series at the University of Leeds, (with Steven French and Nicola Williams), June 2017

"Thought Experiments and Computer Simulations in Science", Leeds PG WiP Seminar, May 2017


"The Mind" (1st year) Spring Semester 2017-18

"Great Philosophical Thinkers" (1st year) Autumn Semester 2017-18


Co-organiser (with Andrea Blomqvist and Hondartza Frega) "Imagination" workshop, University of Sheffield, May 2018  

Co-organiser (with Steven French) "Imagination in Science" workshop, June 2017 and assistant "Aesthetics of Science" conference, July 2017

Committee member of the Leeds Minorities and Philosophy chapter (MAP). See what we're up to and join us here!