My research is primarily in metaphysics, philosophy of science / philosophy of physics, and epistemology. 

I'm most interested in asking what the world is fundamentality like. For example, are space and time fundamental? Are there primitive facts about ways the world could have been? What are the most fundamental properties and laws? How can we make sense of quantitative properties like mass? 

It's natural to think that answers to these questions should be guided by our best scientific theories. But it's far from clear exactly what we learn from science. So part of my research involves thinking hard about the relationship between physical science and the fundamental nature of reality.

You can download a copy of my CV here.

(Please email me if you’d like to look at a draft of a paper.)

  • Tim Maudlin on the Triangle Inequality.                                                                         Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 4 (2):124-130 (2015) 
  • Physical Magnitudes.                                                                                                          forthcoming in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly  

Spacetime Functionalism                                                                    

This paper motivates the claim that space and time are not fundamental, but are instead reducible to facts about interaction.

A Combinatorial Reduction of Modality                                                          

I argue that facts about metaphysical possibility are not basic, but are instead reducible to (a) facts about logical consistency and (b) facts about ground.

The Fundamental Physical Laws are not the Laws of Physics

The laws of physics are mathematical laws. But there are compelling reasons to think that the most fundamental laws do not concern mathematical descriptions of the world, but instead characterize the world intrinsically.