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  • Metaphysics: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • A Book About Nothing (in preparation).
  • ‘5 Questions’, in Metaphysics: 5 Questions, A. Steglich-Peterson (ed.), Copenhagen: Automatic Press/VIP: 53-61.
  • 'Metaphysics of Science' [conference report], The Reasoner, 10.3 (2009): 9.
  • ‘Metaphysics’, in Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, S. Psillos and M. Curd (eds), London; Routledge, 2008: 26-35.
  • David Armstrong, Stocksfield: Acumen, 2007, x + 206 pp, ISBN 978-1-84465-100-9.
  • Russell on Metaphysics, edited with introductions by Stephen Mumford. London: Routledge, 2003, viii + 256 pp, ISBN 0415-277450.
  • with Matthew Tugby, 'What is Metaphysics of Science?', in S. Mumford and M. Tugby (eds), Metaphysics and Science, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
  • with Matthew Tugby (eds) Metaphysics and Science, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
  • with Sebastián Briceño: 'Relations all the Way Down?' (in preparation)


  • with Rani Lill Anjum and Svein Anders Noer Lie: 'Dispositions and Ethics' in Ruth Groff and John Greco (eds), Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism, London: Routledge
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'Mutual Manifestation and Martin's Two Triangles', in J. Jacobs (ed.) Putting Powers to Work: Causal Powers in Contemporary Metaphysics, forthcoming.
  • 'The Power of Power', in Ruth Groff and John Greco (eds), Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism, Routledge, forthcoming.
  • 'Dispositions to Lawlessness', Times Higher Education, 1,942 (April 8th 2010): 36-9.
  • 'No Power in Unger's World', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 80 (2010): 476-83.
  • ‘Dispositions’ [expanded version], in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2009 online version.
  • ‘Powers and Mereology’, in H. Burkhardt, J. Seibt and G. Imaguire, Handbook of Mereology, Philosophia Verlag, forthcoming.
  • ‘Ascribing Dispositions’, in Debating Dispositions: Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind, G. Damschen, R. Schnepf and K. Stüber (eds), Berlin: DeGruyter, 2010: 168-85.
  • ‘Powers and Persistence’, in Unity and Time in Metaphysics, L. Honnefelder, E. Runggaldier and B. Schick (eds), Berlin: Dr Gruyter, 2009; 223-36.
  • ‘Filled in Space’, in Dispositions and Causal Powers, M. Kistler and B. Gnassounou (eds). Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007: 67-80 [English version of ‘L’Espace comblé’].
  • ‘Function, Structure, Capacity: Vermaas on Function Ascription to Technical Artefacts and their Components’, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 37 (2006): 76-80.
  • The Ungrounded Argument, Synthésè, 149 (2006): 471-89.
  • ‘L’Espace comblé’ in Les dispositions en philosophie et en sciences, M. Kistler and B. Gnassounou (eds), Paris: CNRS editions, 2006: 53-66.
  • ‘Dispositions’, in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2006 online version.
  • Powers: a Study in Metaphysics, by George Molnar, edited with an introduction by Stephen Mumford. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, xiv + 235 pp, ISBN 0-19-925978-X.
  • ‘Realism and The Conditional Analysis of Dispositions: Reply to Malzkorn’, Philosophical Quarterly, 51 (2001): 375-8.
  • ‘Intentionality and the Physical’, Philosophical Quarterly, 49 (1999): 215-25.
  • Dispositions, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998, xii + 249 pp, ISBN 0-19-823611-5. Paperback edition with a new Preface, 2003, ISBN 0-19-925982-8.
  • ‘Virtus Dormitiva’, The Philosopher, 84 (1996): 12-15.
  • ‘Conditionals, Functional Essences and Martin on Dispositions’, Philosophical Quarterly, 46 (1996): 86-92.
  • ‘Dispositions, Bases, Overdetermination and Identities’, Ratio n.s. 8 (1995): 42-62.
  • 'Dispositions, Supervenience, and Reduction’, Philosophical Quarterly, 44 (1994): 419-38.
  • ‘Dispositions; Cogito, 8 (1994): 141-6.
  • ‘Dispositions, Concepts and Ontologies’, in Language and Related Matters. H. Wallis (ed.), University of Leeds, 1994: 43-5.

  • with Rani Lill Anjum: Getting Causes from Powers, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • 'Contemporary Themes: Aristotelian' in T. Schmaltz (ed.), Efficient Causation: Oxford Philosophical Concepts, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • with Ivette Fuentes: 'Causation ex nihilo in Quantum Fluctuations' (in preparation).
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'Fundamentals of Causality', Information Knowledge Systems Management 10: 75-84.
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'Effects of Context', Information Knowledge Systems management 10: 101-110.
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: ‘Spoils to the Vector: How to Model Causes if you are a Realist about PowersThe Monist 94 (2011): 54-80
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'Causal Dispositionalism', in A. Bird (ed.) Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism, Lodnon: Routledge, 2012: 91-107.
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: A Powerful Theory of Causation’, in A. Marmadoro (ed.) The Metaphysics of Powers, London: Routledge (2010): 143-59.
  • ‘Causal Powers and Capacities’, in Oxford Handbook of Causation, H. Beebee, C. Hitchcock and P. Menzies (eds), Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009): 265-78.
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: ‘Double Prevention and Powers’, Journal of Critical Realism, 8 (2009): 277-93.
  • ‘Passing Powers Around’, The Monist, 92 (2009): 94-111.
  • ‘A Puzzle About Causation’, Philosophy Now, 7 (1993): 28-30.

Free Will
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: Free Will and Empowerment (in preparation)
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'The Power to Will' (in preparation)

  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'Getting Chances from Powers' (in preparation)

Laws of Nature
  • 'Les lois et leurs exceptions', Etudes de Philosophie, 9/10 (2011): 47-65.
  • ‘Laws and Dispositions’, in Routledge Companion to Metaphysics, R. LePoidevin, P. Simons, A. McGonigal and R. Cameron (eds), London: Routledge, 2009: 471-9.
  • ‘Author’s Reply’, Symposium on Laws in Nature with Alexander Bird, Brian Ellis and Stathis Psillos, Metascience, 15 (2005): 462-9.
  • ‘Laws and Lawlessness’, Synthésè, 144 (2005): 397-413.
  • Laws in Nature, London: Routledge, 2004, xvi + 230 pp, ISBN 0-415-31128-4.
  • ‘L’état des lois’, in La Structure du Monde: Objets, Propriétés, Etats de Choses. Renouveau de la Métaphysique dans l'école Australienne de Philosophie, J-M. Monnoyer (ed.), n° Hors série de Recherches sur la Philosophie et le Langage, Paris: Librairie philosophique J. Vrin, 2004: 235-62. [available only in French. No English version exists: it got lost in a computer crash!]
  • ‘Normative and Natural Laws’, Philosophy, 75 (2000): 265-82.
  • ‘Laws of Nature Outlawed’, Dialectica, 52 (1998): 83-101.

  • 'Potentiality and Modality’ for Handbook of Potentiality, Kristina Engelhard and Michael Quante (eds), in preparation, Dordrecht: Springer.
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: ‘Dispositional Modality’, in C. F. Gethmann (ed.) Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft: Deutsches Jahrbuch für Philosophie 2, Hamburg: Meiner Verlag, 2011: 468-82.
  • ‘Why do we Have Any Idea of Modality at All?', in preparation.

  • ‘Properties, Cogito, 9 (1995): 48-54.
  • ‘Powers, Dispositions, Properties: or A Causal realist Manifesto’, in Revitalizing Causality: Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science, R. Groff (ed.), London: Routledge, 2008: 139-51. 


  • ‘Negative Truth and Falsehood’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 107 (2007): 45-71.
  • ‘A New Solution to the Problem of Negative Truth’, in Metaphysics and Truthmakers, J-M. Monnoyer (ed.), Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2007: 313-29 (followed with a reply by Peter Simons).
  • ‘The True and the False’ (Author Meets Critics with David Armstrong and Peter Simons) Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 83 (2005): 263-9.

Kinds and Essences

  • ‘Kinds, Essences, Powers’, in A. Drewery (ed.), Metaphysics in Science, Oxford: Blackwell, 2006: 47-62.[reprint of item below]
  • ‘Kinds, Essences, Powers’, Ratio, n.s. 18 (2005): 420-36.
  • ‘Essences Kinds, and Laws of Nature’: review essay on Brian Ellis’s Scientific Essentialism, Metascience, 11 (2002): 324-8.
  • ‘Ellis and Lierse on Dispositional Essentialism’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 73 (1995): 606-12.

Philosophy of Biology
  • with Rani Lill Anjum and Thomas Bøhn: ‘It’s Not all in Your Genes: The Dispositional Nature of Causal Mechanisms in Biology’ (in preparation)

Philosophy of Language
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'What We Tend to Mean', Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 46 (2011): 20-33.
  • 'La référence et le nouvel essentialisme', Etudes de Philosophie, 9/10 (2011): 28-46.
Philosophy of Pornography
  • 'A Pornographic Way of Seeing', in H. Maes (ed) Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography, London, Palgrave (forthcoming).

Philosophy of Law
  • with Rani Lill Anjum: 'With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility' (forthcoming).
  • 'Causes for Laws', Jurisprudence 4 (2013): 109-14.

Philosophy of Sport
  • Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotions, London: Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-37790-4.
  • 'Emotion and Aesthetics: an Inevitable Trade-off?', Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (special issue on aesthetics of sport) (forthcoming).
  • with Isabel Chorão, João Lima and Teresa Lacerda: 'Technical Tactical Harmony as a Possibility to Redeem the Aesthetic Value of Tennis in the Future: a Study from the Perspective of the Tennis Expert', Revista Portuguesa de Ciências de Desporto, 12 (suppl, 2012): 57-60.
  • with Ana Cristina Zimmermann: 'Original Dialogue: Play, Freedom and Ethics'.
  • ‘The Beautiful Game: the Aesthetics of Football’ for John Hughson, Joseph Maguire, Kevin Moore and Ramon Spaaij (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies (in preparation).
  • 'Moderate Partisanship as Oscilation', Sport, Ethics and Philosophy (forthcoming)
  • 'The Aesthetically Pleasing Game', Times Higher Education 2,006 (July 7th 2011): 40-43.
  • with Teresa Oliveira Lacerda: ‘Genius in Art and Sport’, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 37: 182-93.
  • ‘Breaking it or Faking it?’, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 4: 254-68.
  • ‘Truthmakers for Judgement Calls’, European Journal of Sports Science, 6 (2006): 179-86.
  • ‘Allegiance and Identity’, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 32 (2004): 184-95.
  • 'Flow; the Optimum Performance of an Ability' (forthcoming)
  • 'Emotions and Aesthetics: an Inevitable Trade-Off?', Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (special issue on aesthetics of sport, forthcoming)
  • 'Ways of Watching Sport', Philosophy supplement on philosophy of sport.
  • 'Moderate Partisanship as Oscillation' in Sport, Ethics and Philosophy (forthcoming)
  • 'Sport: Profound or a Complete Waste of Time?', The Philosophers' Magazine 3/2012: 72-76.
  • 'The Aesthetics of Sport', in C. Torres (ed.) A Companion to the Philosophy of Sport (London: Bloomsbury).

Philosophy of Medicine
  • with Roger Kerry and Matthew Maddocks: ‘Philosophy of Science and Physiotherapy: an Insight into Practice’, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 24 (2009): 397-407.
  • with Roger Kerry, Anthony Arthur and Aurelien Madouasse: 'Scientific Truth and Physiotherapy Trials: an Empirical Study of Truth Status in Published Controlled Trial Findings' Journal of Evaluation of Clinical Practice (forthcoming).
  • with Thor Eirik Eriksen, Roger Kerry, Svein Anders Noer Lie and Rani Lill Anjum: 'The Aetiological and Ontological Challenges of MUS' (in preparation)
  • with Roger Kerry, Thor Eirik Eriksen, Svein Anders Noer Lie and Rani Lill Anjum: 'Causation and Evidence-Based Practice: an Ontological Overview', Journal of Evaluation of Clinical Practice.

Social Philosophy
  • ‘Russell’s Defence of Idleness’, Russell: the Journal of the Bertrand Russell Archives, n.s. 28 (2008): 5-19.

Philosophy of Religion
  • ‘Miracles: Metaphysics and Modality’, Religious Studies, 37 (2001): 191-202.

  • ‘Perception’, Cogito, 9 (1995): 268-73.

  • Max Kistler’s Causation and Laws of Nature, Review, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (forthcoming).
  • Peter Unger’s All the Power in the World, Journal of Philosophy, 104 (2007): 424-31.
  • Robert Koons’s Realism Regained, Philosophical Books, 44 (2003): 358-60.
  • James Ladyman’s Understanding Philosophy of Science, Mind, 112 (2003): 353-5.
  • The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell Vol 11, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 9 (2001): 284-6.
  • Hugh Lacey’s Is Science Value Free?, Mind, 110 (2001): 495-7.
  • Robert Klee’s Introduction to The Philosophy of Science, Mind, 110 (2001): 215-18.
  • Alexander Bird’s Philosophy of Science, Mind, 109 (2000): 325-7.
  • John Leslie’s The End of the World, Mind, 109 (2000): 155-8.
  • Nancy Cartwright’s The Dappled World, Philosophy, 75 (1999): 613-16.
  • Frank Jackson’s Mind, Matter and Conditionals, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 8 (1999): 259-61.
  • Daniel Hausman’s Causal Asymmetries, Philosophical Books, 41 (1999): 48-51.
  • D. M. Armstrong, C. B. Martin and U. T. Place’s Dispositions: a Debate, Philosophical Quarterly, 48 (1998): 548-50.
  • Joshua Hoffman and Gary S. Rosenkrantz’s Substance: Its nature and Existence, Philosophical Books, 39 (1998): 52-3.


  • I have written two books on football and I am a regular contributor to Groundtastic magazine. For one season, I was programme editor for Whickham Football Club. I have no bibliography for my football writings but hope to assemble one soon.