University of Leeds
School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science
PhD, 1996
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • Real Times and Possible Worlds
    In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), Questions of Time and Tense, Clarendon Press. 2002.
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    Weak neo‐Whorfianism and the philosophy of time
    Mind and Language. forthcoming.
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    A Refutation of Memory Circularity
    Erkenntnis 1-14. forthcoming.
    It is widely, if not universally, assumed by philosophers that it is impossible to justify the reliability of memory without recourse to the use of memory. This so-called “epistemic circularity” is supposed to infect all attempts to justify memory as a source of knowledge in a noncircular way. In this paper, we argue that advances in cognitive science radically upheave the traditional, folk-psychological conception of memory which epistemologists have hitherto been subjecting to analysis. With a…Read more
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    Why is doping wrong anyway?
    Lse Philosophy Blog. 2016.
    Most sports ban certain performance-enhancing drugs and penalise those who use them. But is the use of these drugs morally wrong? Heather Dyke looks at the ethics of doping.
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    Experiencing Time (review)
    Philosophy Now 124 48-49. 2018.
  • Book Reviews (review)
    Mind 104 (414): 436-440. 1995.
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    Making Sense of Time Travel
    Cogito 9 (3): 244-248. 1995.
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    Questions about truth and questions about reality are intimately connected. One can ask whether numbers exist by asking "Are there numbers?" But one can also ask what arguably amounts to the same question by asking "Is the sentence 'There are numbers' true?" Such semantic ascent implies that reality can be investigated by investigating our true sentences. This line of thought was dominant in twentieth century philosophy, but is now beginning to be called into question. In_ From Truth to Reality_…Read more
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    Book Reviews (review)
    Mind 104 (414): 436-440. 1995.
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    Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Time (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. forthcoming.
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    The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Time (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. forthcoming.
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    Making sense of time travel
    Cogito 9 (3): 244-248. 1995.
  • Questions about the nature of truth are as old as philosophy itself. What is truth? On the one hand, it seems obvious that it is something that applies to the things we think and say. Many of our beliefs about the world, and sentences describing it are true. On the other hand, it seems intimately connected with the world we think and speak about, for it is in virtue of the way the world is that our sentences and beliefs about it are true. This book explores the notions of truth, reality, and the…Read more
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    The title of John Heil’s book From an Ontological Point of View is, of course, an adaptation of the title of Quine’s influential collection of essays From a Logical Point of View, published fifty years earlier in 1953. Quine’s book marked the beginning of a sea change in philosophy, away from ordinary language, armchair philosophising involving introspective examination of concepts, towards a more rigorous, analytical and scientific approach to answering philosophical questions. Heil’s book will…Read more
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    Review of the Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics ed. R. M. Gale (review)
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (4): 620-621. 2003.
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    The Tensed Theory of Time: A Critical Examination (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (3): 404-406. 2002.
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    Tensed Meaning: A Tenseless Account
    Journal of Philosophical Research 28 65-81. 2003.
    If, as the new B-theory of time maintains, tensed sentences have tenseless truth conditions, it follows that it is possible for two sentence-tokens to have the sametruth conditions but different meanings. This conclusion forces a rethink of the traditional identification of truth conditions with meaning. There is an aspect of the meanings of tensed sentences that is not captured by their truth conditions, and that has so far eluded explanation. In this paper I intend to locate, examine, and expl…Read more
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    Propositions: Truth vs. Existence
    In James Maclaurin (ed.), Rationis Defensor: Essays in Honour of Colin Cheyne, Springer. pp. 127-138. 2012.
    I argue that there is an inherent tension in the notion of a proposition that gives us reason to doubt that there can be any single entity that plays all the roles and possesses all the features normally attributed to propositions. The tension is that some of the roles and features of propositions require them to be essentially representational, while others require them to be non-representational. I first present what I call the standard view of propositions: a series of theses outlining the ro…Read more
  • A new metaphysical strategy
    In L. Nathan Oaklander (ed.), The Philosophy of Time, Routledge. pp. 1--426. 2008.
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    Time and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection (edited book)
    Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2003.
    Ethics seeks answers to questions about the moral status of human actions and human lives. What should I do, and what should I not do? What sort of life should I lead? Actions and lives are temporal things. Actions are performed at certain times, are informed by past events and have consequences for the future. Lives have temporal extension, and are experienced from a sequence of temporal perspectives. Thus, one would think that answers to ethical questions should take account some of their temp…Read more
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    Introduction
    In Time and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 1--7. 2003.
    Ethics seeks answers to questions about the moral status of human actions and human lives. What should I do, and what should I not do? What sort of life should I lead? Actions and lives are temporal things. Actions are performed at certain times, are informed by past events and have consequences for the future. Lives have temporal extension, and are experienced from a sequence of temporal perspectives. Thus, one would think that answers to ethical questions should take account some of their temp…Read more
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    Time, Tense, and Causation
    International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1): 100-101. 1999.
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    The evolutionary origins of tensed language and belief
    Biology and Philosophy 26 (3): 401-418. 2011.
    I outline the debate in metaphysics between those who believe time is tensed and those who believe it is tenseless. I describe the terms in which this debate has been carried out, and the significance to it of ordinary tensed language and widespread common sense beliefs that time is tensed. I then outline a case for thinking that our intuitive beliefs about tense constitute an Adaptive Imaginary Representation (Wilson, in Biol Philos 5:37–62, 1990; Wilson, in Biol Philos 10:77–97, 1995). I also …Read more
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    This book is an investigation into metaphysics: its aims, scope, methodology and practice. Dyke argues that metaphysics should take itself to be concerned with investigating the fundamental nature of reality, and suggests that the ontological significance of language has been grossly exaggerated in the pursuit of that aim.
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    A Companion to the Philosophy of Time (edited book)
    with Adrian Bardon and Heather Dyke
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2013.
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    Review of The Tensed Theory of Time by W. L. Craig (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (3): 404-406. 2002.
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    (2013). What Shall We Do with Analytic Metaphysics? A Response to McLeod and Parsons. Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 91, No. 1, pp. 179-182. doi: 10.1080/00048402.2012.762029
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    Tensed Meaning: A Tenseless Account
    Journal of Philosophical Research 28 65-81. 2003.
    If, as the new B-theory of time maintains, tensed sentences have tenseless truth conditions, it follows that it is possible for two sentence-tokens to have the sametruth conditions but different meanings. This conclusion forces a rethink of the traditional identification of truth conditions with meaning. There is an aspect of the meanings of tensed sentences that is not captured by their truth conditions, and that has so far eluded explanation. In this paper I intend to locate, examine, and expl…Read more