Alexander Roberts

I am a Lecturer for the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge. From September 2020, I will be a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.

In 2019, I completed my DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Timothy Williamson and James Studd. My main research interests are in metaphysics and philosophical logic, but I am also interested in the history of analytic philosophy.

My DPhil thesis, Investigating Necessity, was a collection of essays on the metaphysics and logic of modality. The central theme of the thesis was that various aspects of the theoretical role of metaphysical necessity are incompatible, in the sense that they cannot all be satisfied by a single notion of necessity. Currently, I am drawing on this theme to explore different stable theories of metaphysical necessity in a higher-order setting.

For Cambridge students, all of my lecture slides and handouts will be made available on Moodle.

  • 'Two Morals about a Modal Paradox', forthcoming in Synthese. [Preprint available soon]
  • 'Relative Necessity and Propositional Quantification', forthcoming in the Journal of Philosophical Logic. [Preprint] [Journal]
  • 'Imprecise Quantification', in the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 119 (3): 357-367. [Preprint] [Journal]
  • 'Modal Expansionism', in the Journal of Philosophical Logic 48 (6): 1145-1170. [Preprint] [Journal]

In Progress:
    I have a number of papers currently under review (details are redacted for blind review).