I am a philosopher currently based at the University of Nottingham.

I work primarily on topics in metaphysics, the philosophy of language and linguistics, and philosophy of mind.

I have further interests in topics in meta-philosophy, early modern philosophy (esp. Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant), philosophy of science (esp. with respect to linguistics), and history of analytic philosophy.

I have also recently become interested in the intersection of language and phenomenology, especially as it relates to mental illness, and am currently co-writing something on this with Anna Bortolan.

My teaching experience includes postgraduate and a range of advanced and introductory undergraduate classes. I have teaching experience in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, logic, meta-philosophy, early modern philosophy (esp. Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant),  history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of religion, and ethics.

I have extensive senior admin experience, having served as both departmental Director of PG Learning and Teaching, and Director of UG  of Learning and Teaching whilst at Trinity College Dublin. In addition to this, I organised the visiting speaker series between 2015-18.

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:  james.t.m.miller@gmail.com