Tim Button

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I am a Senior Lecturer, and a Fellow of St John’s College, at the University of Cambridge. I am a philosopher, and I mostly work on meta(meta)physics, logic, mathematics, and language. Here are about what I do.

Here are two big questions I care about:

(1) How do words get to say what they say?

(2) How do words even get to say anything at all?

Sometimes I ask these questions about normal words, like ‘dog’, or ‘table’, or whatever. Sometimes I ask the same questions about less normal words, like ‘number’, or ‘real number’, or ‘power set’. Either way, the questions are really hard. To deal with them, I can’t just think about the words, or what they’re meant to be about; I also have to think about what we are like. So I also have to ask:

(3) What is the self?

And that’s another huge, weird question.

[Made using the ten hundred most used words.]

I have just returned from a period of research leave, funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize. Whilst on leave, Sean Walsh and I wrote Philosophy and Model Theory. Most of my current research is on solipsism and the self in the period 1926–69. I published The Limits of Realism in 2013.

Here’s a short CV. I have profiles on SocArXiv, arXiv, PhilPapers, and academia.edu, but everything on those sites is also here. You can email me at tecb2 at cam dot ac dot uk. Awesomely, it turns out I’m Isaac Newton’s Doktorur15enkel, and Galileo Galilei’s Doktorur18enkel.

Last modified 20 Apr 2018