Dr Robert Knowles

Postdoctoral Fellow

Summary: philosophy of mathematics; philosophy of science; philosophy of language.


Robert Knowles looks at the role played by mathematics in science and explores whether this role can be appealed to in support of any philosophical positions concerning the nature of mathematics. This work overlaps with issues in ontology, meta-ontology, formal semantics, pragmatic theory, and the philosophy of mathematics and science.

Research interests:

Philosophy of mathematics: nominalism/platonism; indispensability arguments; the applicability of mathematics.

Philosophy of science: scientific realism; explanation.

Philosophy of language: formal semantics; relevance theory; the semantics/pragmatics distinction.


Knowles, R. 2015. What ‘The Number of Planets is Eight’ Means. Philosophical Studies 172: 2757-2775. Published online at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11098-015-0443-z

Knowles, R. Forthcoming. Heavy Duty Platonism. Erkenntnis. Published online at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10670-015-9723-4

Knowles, R. & Liggins, D. Forthcoming. Good Weasel Hunting. Synthese. Published online at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11229-015-0711-7