John Parry

John Parry

PhD Student

Summary: The Lewisian Problem of Advanced Modalizing

Current Research: 

PhD Thesis Title: Modalizing the Pluriverse: The Lewisian Problem of Advanced Modalizing

Aim: My thesis explores the problem of advanced modalizing. This problem is grounded in claims that are not true at any possible world yet appear true of many worlds or the pluriverse. These claims seem true and with a modal status of at least possible, but counterpart theory invariably yields necessary falsity. This is problematic as that some of these claims are fundamental to genuine modal realism. Therefore, I examine methods for extending the Lewisian analysis of modality in its semantics and ontology to adequately account for these claims. I then analyse the impact of these extensions on surrounding debates, such as the metaphysics of events/actions and ethical theory.

Supervisors: Prof. John Divers and Prof. Pekka Väyrynen

Research Interests:

Metaphysics, Modality, Possible World Semantics, Ethical Theory, Epistemology

Funding:

I am extremely grateful to the University of Leeds for awarding a 110th Anniversary University Research Scholarship to fund my studies.

Academic History:

  • MA Philosophy (Distinction), University of Birmingham, 2015
  • BA (Hons.) Philosophy and Theology (2:1), University of Nottingham, 2012 

Talks:

  • 'A Redundant Account of Advanced Counterfactuals', Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, 25th November 2016
  • 'Lewis of the Gaps: Motivations for Extending the Lewisian Analysis of Modality', Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, 17th June 2016

  • 'Modal Realism & A Problem of Significance', Philosophy Masters Thesis Conference, University of Birmingham, 26th July 2015

  • 'The Procreator's Guide to Modality: Benatar and the Real Pain of Non-Actual Persons', School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion Residential Conference, University of Birmingham, 4th November 2014

  • 'The Procreator's Guide to Modality: Benatar and the Real Pain of Non-Actual Persons', British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 10th September 2014

Other Roles:

  • Postgraduate Research Representative (Philosophy), 2016-17