Professor John Divers

Professor John Divers

Professor of Philosophy

+44 (0)113 343 3281

Summary: Modality: Antirealisms.

Location: Michael Sadler Building Ground Floor G20

John Divers works on modality and is finalizing a new monograph (Necessity After Quine, OUP) to add to a body of work that includes his earlier Possible Worlds (Routledge, 2002) and some 30 research articles

John is also:

Vice-President (2017-18) and President Elect of the Mind Association

Director of the Leverhulme Research Project Thinking Counterfactually

Co-founder of the European Non-Categorical Thinking Project (partners in the Universities of Amsterdam, Cambridge and Turin)

Co-Editor (with Asa Wikforss and Crispin Wright) of the journal Thought (Wiley Blackwell)

Selected Publications

(2002a) Possible Worlds (London: Routledge,) pp. 384 + xvi, hardback and paperback, ISBN: 0415155568

(2013b) Belief in Absolute Necessity [by John Divers & Jose Edgar Gonzalez-Varela] in Philosophy & Phenomenological Research LXXXVII, pp.358-91.

(2010) Modal Commitments, in The Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics of Modality, Bob Hale & Aviv Hoffman (eds.), (Oxford, Oxford University Press) pp.189-219).

(2006)/(1994) Why Expressivists About Value Should Not Love Minimalism About Truth [by John Divers & Alexander Miller] in Arguing About Metaethics, A.Fisher, A. & S.Kirchin, (eds.) (Oxford, London): original publication Analysis 54.1, pp.12-19.

(2002b) The Analytic Limit of Genuine Modal Realism [by John Divers & Joseph Melia], Mind 111, pp.15-36.

(1999b) A Genuine Realist Theory of Advanced Modalizing, Mind 108.430, pp.217- 239.

(1995a) Minimalism and The Unbearable Lightness of Being [by John Divers & Alexander Miller], Philosophical Papers 24.2, pp.127-139.

Recent & Forthcoming Publications

(2018 f/com) De Re Modality in the Late 20th Century: The Prescient Quine, in Sinclair, M. (ed) The Actual and the Possible: Modality and Metaphysics in Modern Philosophy (Oxford, Oxford University Press)

(2017 f/com) Advanced Modalizing De Dicto and De Re, [by John Divers & John Parry] Analysis

(2017) How Skeptical is Quine's "Modal Skepticism", The Monist 100.2 New Directions in Quine Scholarship, pp.194-210. ISSN 0026-9662. EISSN 2153-3601.

(2016) Philosophical Issues from Kripke's "Semantical Considerations on Modal Logic", Principia 20.1, pp.1-44.

PhD Supervision

(Several of these projects have been co-supervised with colleagues)

Current PhD Students

Jade Fletcher, The Role of Truth in Metaphysics

John Parry, Modalizing the Pluriverse

Matthieu Rees, A Quinean Epistemology of Counterfactual Conditionals

Sam Careelmont, Can Decision Theory Dispense With Counterfactuals?

Former PhD Students

Paul Ramshaw, Modal Thought and Modal Knowledge (University of Leeds, 2017)

Jonathan Banks, Anti-Realist Essentialism (University of Leeds, 2014)

Alexander Oldemeier, The Epistemology of Abstractionism (University of Leeds, 2012)

Mirja Holst, Incomplete Definite Descriptions (University of Leeds, 2012)

Haytham Elsayed Soliman, Philosophical Investigations into Formalization and Compositionality of Language: A Montagovian Analysis of Arabic Quantification as a Case Study (University of Leeds, 2011)

Stephan Kraemer, Ontological Commitment and Second-Order Quantification (University of Leeds, 2011)

Duncan Watson, The Metaphysics of Possibilia and Impossibilia (University of Leeds, 2010)

Jose Edgar Gonzalez Varela, Modal Non-Cognitivism (University of Sheffield, 2008)

Richard Woodward, The Case of The Modal Fictionalist (University of Sheffield, 2007)

Anthony Wrigley, Abstracting Propositions (University of Leeds, December 2001)