Alexander Bird

alexander bird
Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge (2020–)
Visiting Fellow, Exeter College (2020)
Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine (2018–2020)

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College (2015)

Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol (2003–2017)
Lecturer then Reader, University of Edinburgh (1993–2003)


PhD Cambridge (1988–1991)
MPhil  Cambridge (1987–1988)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (1986–87)
BA Oxford (1983–1986)

“Against Creativity” (with Alison Hills) Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2018).

“Understanding the Replication Crisis as a Base-Rate Fallacy” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2018).

“Fundamental Powers, Evolved Powers, and Mental Powers” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume (2018).

“Systematicity, Knowledge, and Bias. How systematicity made clinical medicine a science” Synthese (2018).

“Evidence and Inference” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 96 (2018) 299–17.

“The Metaphysics of Natural Kinds” Synthese 195 (2018)

“Overpowering: How the powers ontology has overreached itself” Mind 125 (2016) 341–83.


Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Medicine