I am a philosopher currently based at Trinity College Dublin. 

I work primarily on topics in metaphysics, the philosophy of language and linguistics (and the intersection of language and mind), and meta-philosophy.

I have further interests (areas of competence) in early modern philosophy (esp. Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant), philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of religion, and logic.

I have also recently become interested in the intersection of language and phenomenology, and am currently co-writing something on this with Anna Bortolan.

My current teaching duties include postgraduate and a range of advanced and introductory undergraduate classes on topics in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and the history of analytic philosophy.

Previously, I was a Research Fellow on the Durham Emergence Project (project website). During this time, I was investigating whether there are instances of strong (ontological) emergence within language, specifically as viewed within the current Minimalist incarnation of the Generative Grammar Programme.

Prior to this, I completed my PhD in Philosophy from Durham University in the summer of 2014, entitled 'Realism, Truthmakers, and Language: A study in meta-ontology and the relationship between language and metaphysics' (available here). In the thesis I sought to defend a realist and substantive account of metaphysics from so-called deflationist approaches to metaphysics, most centrally Hirsch's Quantifier Variance Thesis. To this end, I argue that Quantifier Variance contains some unresolved philosophical problems, and is inconsistent with current work in linguistics.

I also previously held an associate researcher position on the AHRC and DFG funded project 'Un-Cartesian Linguistics', focusing on the conception of language present within Aristotle’s work. 

Further information on my publications can be found here.

E-mail:  jamiller@tcd.ie